Reaching Toward The Light

Reaching Toward The Light

I’ve only managed to get in about three, maybe four hours of useful work today, and to be honest, I’m feeling kind of lousy about that. But I just don’t really have the energy to continue, and it’s getting kind…

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

“If you want your writing to be taken seriously, don’t marry and have kids, and above all, don’t die. But if you have to die, commit suicide. They approve of that.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

Report Card: Looking Back at My Goals for 2012

Report Card: Looking Back at My Goals for 2012

In early January of 2012, I posted a list of my writing and publishing goals for the coming year. Looking back on them, I don’t think I did too badly. Here’s a look back at what I thought I’d accomplish,…

Seven Books I Loved in 2012

Seven Books I Loved in 2012

So since I basically only ever read books on my Kindle anymore, it’s pretty easy to look back and figure out what I read in the last year, as opposed to my previous system of devouring paperbacks and then tossing…

Christmas Flash Fiction: "Mutant"

Christmas Flash Fiction: “Mutant”

(Note: I first posted this on LiveJournal way back in 2005, and people still mention it to me as one of their favorite pieces. I just realized I’ve never posted it here. Merry Christmas to you and yours.) ________ “MUTANT”…

Horror Movies, And The Childhood I Secretly Wanted

Horror Movies, And The Childhood I Secretly Wanted

I never really watched horror movies when I was a kid. I was scared of them. But not for the reasons you might think. It wasn’t the monsters; I’d had a fascination for monsters as long as I can remember….

Wednesday Writing Links for September 5th, 2012

Wednesday Writing Links for September 5th, 2012

When I first started this blog, and when I was still writing my old blog, Ravenlike, my original emphasis was on finding great links about writing and then posting about them. I’ve kind of drifted away from doing that, as…

Typing With One Hand (No, Not Like That)

Typing With One Hand (No, Not Like That)

You might rememeber a few weeks back I was talking about some carpal-tunnel-like pain and numbness I was experiencing in my left hand, and how that led me to start trying Dragon NaturallySpeaking dictation software for text entry (or, as…

How to Brainstorm Ideas for Blog Posts

How to Brainstorm Ideas for Blog Posts

I apologize to any non-bloggers out there reading this, if this post seems a little too “inside baseball.” I haven’t talked much about blogging here on BLOODLETTERS, because I generally think blogging about blogging is too self-referential. (Of course, now…

The World Will Try To Stop You

The World Will Try To Stop You

The timing of this has been so coincidental and implausible that I would find it ridiculous if I were reading it in a book. It’s almost funny, really, but somehow I haven’t been laughing about it too much. Less than…