The Price of His Art
The cover image of the short story collection

She was younger than he and not a beauty. Too much care had tarnished her features. Under the long coat, he knew, was a slender attractive figure. It was that, he could now confess that had first drawn his attention. But it was her spirit that had ensnared him. She compelled in a way a mere beauty could never have.

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Character and Narrative
Zeus versus Cronos

A close look at the stories that work will show that it is the characters themselves who change, not just their situation. That is what the reader is hoping for.

At its simplest, a good story concerns a character who is unhappy at the beginning and happy (or happier, at least) at the end.

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Editing or, Learning to Love the Pain

It’s perfectly possible to enjoy a difficult task [editing], provided one is skilled enough at it. The satisfaction of performing the task skillfully, being proud of the result, make the job pleasurable.

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Violence in Fiction or, Not the Face!

…the net effect of violence in fiction: an emotional distancing of the reader from all those involved in the violence…
Violence is like a potent spice. Use it carefully and sparingly for best effect.

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Terrible, Terrible Freedom
Banner image for an important essay on a hidden truth of Nature

We long to visit other worlds, other planes—Færieland, Elysium, Asgard—as easily as stepping through a door.

In horror movies, the closed door is a source of terror. Properly, such doors should be a source of wonder.

Next time you find a small, oddly shaped, or out of place door. Try the handle. You never know what wonders might await you on the other side.

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