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What I'm finding really interesting at the moment, from a storytelling perspective, is AI. Characters that I've written in the past have always had something to set them apart and draw my attention. Mack is this glorious man-child, for example. Saturday, my current project, is a Believer. I've written characters... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Morrie's Meditations
I've been playing around with a new story idea, which is really a continuation of an old story idea that I need to go back to as time permits. Or, really, I need to make time for it, because I built this interesting and complex world, and now want to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Morrie's Meditations
I find it odd, that not everyone wants to write. It just seems so natural to me, because of all the stories that wobble around inside my head, all the ways I try to understand people and their curious, inconsistent motivations. Telling ourselves stories and trying to make sense of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Morrie's Meditations
I'm starting to think that I ought to maybe - just maybe - take the whole "blog" thing more seriously. Like, find something to say, figure out thematic reasons to bring people in, and post on the regular. There are things I could do that are work-related, or I could... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Morrie's Meditations
I don't get sick often. I'm mainly lucky, but I've also always had kind of a strong constitution. At least since I was about seven. Before that, I was sick all the time; chronic ear infections, almost got held back in kindergarten because I missed so many days - that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Morrie's Meditations
The thing with writing about writing is that it’s hard to do without being overly prescriptive. That’s one of the things I resisted for so many years, and one of the reasons I didn’t want to read what anybody else had to say about writing, or take any classes on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Morrie's Meditations
I blog when I need to clear my head. You’d think, what with me being human, that I’d blog more often. How often do most of us have clear heads, after all? So I guess it would be more accurate to say that I write when I need to clear... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Morrie's Meditations
I'm around 70k words into a story that I don't think will ultimately amount to much. I know where it's headed, and it's fine (the pacing is off, but it's a first draft and that's something that can get fixed if I really want to), but I have a problem... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at Morrie's Meditations
A short entry, but only because I've got something else I'd like to write about tonight. I'd all but forgotten about my long meditation on what the hell might be wrong with me. I actually figured it out the other night. I'm afraid of success. Well, change, more specifically. But... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at Morrie's Meditations
I almost went and counted up all the completed first drafts in my "Writing" folder tonight. I'm not talking short stories. I'm talking novel-length first drafts, generally at least 80-90k words, many much longer. I don't know how many there are. I stopped counting. I do know that there was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Morrie's Meditations
I don't get writer's block. That's what I tell myself, because for as long as I've been writing, there's never been a day when I sat down and stared at a screen and words just didn't come. I don't do "blank screens." I'll start typing, and ideas will form, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at Morrie's Meditations
First came Missy, then Teddy, then Laika. Laika restored my faith in the intrinsic doggy-ness of dogs. Everything that you could want a dog to do, she did. Well, short of demonstrate hunting prowess and kill the damned mice that lived in the house we rented, toward the end of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2015 at Morrie's Meditations
If I were to get philosophical about it, I'd say that there is an essential "doggy-ness" that we associate with domesticated canines. If I were to instead speak about them psychologically, I'd say that we have a "dog schema" that we access to determine what we expect a dog to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at Morrie's Meditations
When people think about their lives - you know, reflect, put boundaries around different stages or phases or whatever - they talk about things like "the school years" and break it down into "high school" and "before high school" and "college." Maybe "grad school," if you're an egghead like me.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Morrie's Meditations
I'm winding my way toward the end of another first-draft. This one has been something more of a challenge than many, because the plot has not been at all straight-forward. I thought I knew what it was about, then found out that some of my characters were liars, then found... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Morrie's Meditations
So a while back, I wrote a chapter in The Psychology of Dexter. It was fun. I got to take some of what I knew about psychology and apply it, fairly loosely, to everybody's favorite serial killer. (Dexter Morgan may not, in fact, be everybody's favorite serial killer. In fact,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Morrie's Meditations
Every once in a while, my body does that "getting older" thing and I realize, just in general, how good I have it and how much I take for granted. Usually, the reminders come in the form of lower back pain. I've had back problems for a while, probably close... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at Morrie's Meditations
I don't know that it's fair to blame Malcolm Gladwell for popularizing the idea that you need 10,000 hours of practice at something to become an "expert." The research literature does a pretty good job in its attempts to be "sexy" and "accessible" by creating the occasional sound-byte-ready bit of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2014 at Morrie's Meditations
I'm a fan of words. Always have been. Big words, little words, enticing combinations of words that shouldn't quite fit together but, like a sandwich created in the dark, sometimes produce delicious results. And, you know, sometimes give you indigestion. One of the things that I've come to see, over... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Morrie's Meditations
The academic publication process is a funny thing. Not generally full of humor, but funny all the same. It's designed to continuously improve the quality of potential publications, and to determine whether the peer community feels that the paper makes a substantive contribution to the development of the science. Sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at Morrie's Meditations
I've written about the distinction between academic writing and non-academic writing in the past. It's something I think about a lot, since on any given day I'll do some amount of both. Sometimes a lot of one, sometimes a lot of the other, but usually at least a little of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Morrie's Meditations
The easiest way for me to lose interest in a story is to have it start in a boring way. I mean that both from the perspective of a reader, and that of a writer. If I'm reading something, and the first couple of pages don't have something to "hook"... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Morrie's Meditations
A little over a month ago, I did something I've not done in a while. I started writing a novel that I didn't even consider outlining first. I'm not sure why I made this decision. Maybe it's that I've done so much outlining and planning and whatnot for so much... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Morrie's Meditations
The funny thing about writing - at least for me - is that there is never a time when there's not a story of some sort percolating. I may not know what it is, may not have all the details, may not know little things like characters or plot, but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Morrie's Meditations
One of the things I've read in a few different fantasy series, horror novels, and various reference books I've perused (read: bought because I skimmed a few pages at Half-Price, then rarely read more than 15-20 pages of after I got them home) is that magic happens "in the spaces... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Morrie's Meditations