duskpeterson: (summer night shells)
"It is not much good, transcribing part of your autobiography into your story . . . , it seldom fits, the ends don't mesh; but what you have read and what you have done and what you have felt and what you know are, after all, the only things you as a writer have to sell, and in some way they gurgle through the sloshy pipes of the brain, losing an amino acid here and picking up an enzyme there, and what emerges is part of you. Probably the best part of you. The best part of all of us is in what we write."

--Frederik Pohl.

How I reply to comments at this blog.


My Muse continues to wander off to stories I *didn't* ask him to write )
Writer's block continues; layout hell begins )
Life Prison research (actually, Triad research )
June wordage )
Writing and publishing and research trips, oh my (Waterman research, among other things) )
Recommendations and other links )
Reply to comments )
duskpeterson: An apprentice builds a boat as a man looks on. (Default)
This is a post combining illustrations and a trip report for "Men and Lads," for those of you who would like to follow along on the characters' journey. It's best if you read the story and the historical note before reading this, but there are maps at the beginning of each section below, if that's all you're looking for.

Includes minor spoilers for 'Men and Lads' )

duskpeterson: (winter sled)
"Any assumption that gay men will write with most authority about gayness is immediately challenged by inescapable evidence - by the success, for instance, of E. M. Forster's women - and by the common-sense observation that the essence of imagination is its ability to enter into experiences beyond the writer's own. This being so, there seems no reason why the converse case, of a heterosexual writing about gay characters, should excite even the mildest surprise."

--Neil Powell in the 15 September 1995 issue of The Times Literary Supplement.

Background to my entries )
Simplicity and Writing: Starting afresh (Prison City research) )
Home: Snow in Maryland (now) and in Britain (in 1982) and Somerset village life )
Writing: New thoughts on e-book publishing )
Writing: Evidence that the publishing world has changed )
Simplicity: How the new 'Don't seek new stuff, don't add new stuff' regime is going )
Writing: C. J. Cherryh and my stuck Muse )
Writing: I get the go-ahead at Smashwords )
Writing: Football fever (Prison City writing) )
Writing: Working out my schedule for the next few months (including Prison City research and Life Prison research); plus, my additional thoughts on the omnibus e-books )
Simplicity: How the new 'Don't seek new stuff, don't add new stuff' regime is going (second update) )
Writing: So this is how historical research works (Prison City research) )
Writing: Finished 'Unmarked' (Prison City writing and research) )
Writing: Nearly fruitless day (Life Prison research and Prison City research) )
Writing: Lions and tigers and maps, oh my (Prison City research) )
Writing: Boarding school fiction (Prison City research); plus, Rosemary Sutcliff )
Writing: Fact and fiction )
Writing: A reason to love schoolboy fiction: Great first lines (Prison City research) )
Writing and Home: More of the Lawrenceville stories (Prison City research); plus, snow in our yard )
Writing and Home: Meme: What do you have on (or under) your desk right now? )
Writing: Update on the steamboat/lighthouse scenes (Prison City research) )
Writing: I think I've found the Eternal Dungeon (Eternal Dungeon research) )
Writing: Figuring out how Greenbelt Lake connects in with the Chesapeake (Prison City research) )
Writing and Simplicity: Wordage, schedule, and the Internet )
Writing: I think I've found Compassion Prison too (Life Prison research) )

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