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I am not afraid to admit it: I am a man, and I am a fan of Project Runway. It shouldn’t be a surprise, really, because what I like about the show, and what I admire about the contestants, is their ability to create something out of nothing in almost no time. Their  parameters are like the guidelines of a magazine. Every week they try to transcribe those parameters into a story that says something about themselves. The fact that they tell their stories in cloth and other (usually) wearable materials is irrelevant; they are creating something out of nothing. And they do it in two days. It’s like a mini-Nanowrimo every week.

I’m not one of those authors who can produce something quickly and on demand. When I was at Taos Toolbox, I was petrified we were going to be required to come up with something fresh in the space of a day, and I knew that was never going to happen. It didn’t make it any better that one of my roommates was doing that very thing–and he did it pretty much every day. It still amazes me, that quickness of mind and creativity. It’s like when Harlan Ellison wrote stories in the window of Change of Hobbit bookstore back in the 1970s. I wouldn’t know how to do that if you threatened to arrest me.

One of the things I like about novels is that you don’t have to come up with new ideas all the time. Well, you do, but they fit into a pattern you’ve already laid out. I’m just not the quickest creator on the block. It’s taxing me to write a novel in ten weeks. (Spoiler: It may not happen.)

The answer, of course, is that I don’t have to be the quickest. I have to be as quick as I can be, work as hard as I can work, and write the best story that’s in me. Because it’s not about who’s fastest, or even who’s best, for that matter. There are seven billion potential readers out there; there’s room for more than one “best” writer.

Don’t ever try to put me on a show called Project: Writeaway, though. (“If you want to win, you have to create a story ‘write’ away!”) I’m not going to run around the room asking, “Has anybody got any extra metaphors? I didn’t buy enough!” or crying, “I should have learned to type faster!” That is not going to happen.

Although, I suppose I could write a story about it…



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It’s been a while since I posted here, and there still aren’t any huge issues I need to address, but since I know that blog-withdrawal is a horrible thing, I’m stopping by to sprinkle a few crumbs to sustain you until the next big idea stumbles in.

Burning Midnight giveaway

I don’t normally do book reviews (since I have so little time to read), and I can’t very well review this book because it isn’t out yet, but Hugo-winner and multi-award nominee Will McIntosh’s new book, Burning Midnight, is being featured with a giveaway through Goodreads. If you’re on Goodreads, you should check it out. Although a YA book, I can assure you that I read the original short story several years ago, and it’s still one of the finest short stories in memory. I have been waiting (and militating) for Burning Midnight for years, and it’s here at last. (Disclosure: Will is a friend of mine. Don’t let that scare you.)

The Invisible World update

Because people have asked, my own opus, called (at least this week) The Invisible World, sequel to The Invisible City,  nears completion. After a flurry of writing completely unrelated to NaNoWriMo, I expect the first draft to be finished before the end of the month.

Awards season is almost upon us

Seems we just escaped last year’s Hugo debacle and here we are again. The Nebula balloting will begin this month, and nominations for the Hugos open in January. I know the Sad Puppies are up for another fight, and this year’s Worldcon Guests of Honor include Patrick and Theresa Neilsen-Hayden (which will give the Puppies indigestion), but I hope that cooler heads will prevail this time around. Arguing about the Hugos is fun, but let’s try to keep it about the Hugos.

And that’s all for now. I have a book to write…

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