Click to enlarge the picture (courtesy of Pure Fantasy), but don’t stare too long. Just look it over until your mind starts percolating, then close the window and let your own imagination take over. Share with us what you see. There are only two rules for Clarion Calls: If you choose to try the assignment,…… Continue reading Clarion Call #17: Head Above Water
A Man Walked into a Bar… in Early Modern Edinburgh. Welcome to the second in a series of posts on everyday life in pre-industrial cities. Last time, we took a stroll down a typical street in Ancient Rome. Rather than spying on powerful emperors or pivotal one-off events, we considered the minutiae of everyday life:…… Continue reading Spec Tech: A Man Walked into a Bar…
There’s already a lot of advice on the Internet about how to break into professional writing. I don’t have much to add. In my experience, at least, there was no magic formula or kung-fu technique that finally did it for me. All I did was keep writing, every day, while trying to get people to…… Continue reading Never Be Ashamed.
In my 2003 novel, Throne Price, a toilet issue disrupts tensions between my hero, Amel, and his brother D’Lekker after D’Lekker releases Amel from the room he’s been locked in for the better part of a day. Amel tried to slip past him. D’Lekker dropped the bar he was holding into both hands, despite the…… Continue reading Writer’s Craft #17 – Gotta go
Your writing prompt for the week is “stud brand.” Ambiguity is your friend; use it! There are only two rules for Clarion Calls: If you choose to try the assignment, do not read the comments section before you post yours. This is a critique-free zone, and that includes critique of your own offering. Save your…… Continue reading Clarion Call #16: Stud Brand
In my previous column on “Monsters” I discussed the genetic basis for the Cyclops and the Werewolf. Then, in “More Monsters,” I discussed the homeotic genes that act as master regulators of organ identity. But really those genes are so last century. They all code for proteins, and it is the proteins that do the…… Continue reading Spec Tech: Evolution, Devolution, microRNAs, and You
Writers, start your engines: the 2011 Clarion Write-a-Thon is now accepting participants. Our goal this year is to reach 80 participating writers, so please sign up at the official Write-a-Thon site. It’s free, anyone can do it, and it helps spread the word about Clarion. Not to put too fine a point on it, but…… Continue reading Write-a-Thon Time!