Writing Tools: The Oblique Strategies

The Oblique Strategies

I’ve been thinking a lot about writing tools lately. There’s something about the pressure to produce and post every day that can make you feel like a wrung out dishrag, hung out to dry on the towel bar until every idea you ever had is as desiccated and crusty as yesterday’s used washcloth. What’s a writer to do to keep the ideas coming?

One technique I learned about back in the mid-1990s is the Oblique Strategies. Continue Reading →

OMNI Magazine Is Back!

If you were interested in science, science fiction, fantasy, Fortean phenomena, or any related topic in the 1970’s and 1980’s, odds are that you were an OMNI Magazine fan.  If you’re not familiar with OMNI, more informed folks than myself can trace its history for you.  Believe me when I say that one of the Continue Reading →

BarCampCHS Session 3 (ish) Scrivener

Presenter: Andra Watkins The Accidental Cootchie Mama She’s working on her second novel now. (Fiction, suspense) Scrivener! Is writing software for Mac & Windows. There are two kinds of writers: the outliners, and the pantsers.  The outliners do tons of research or backstory planning before they begin.  There are also writers like Andra who has Continue Reading →

CREATE South 2012: Keynote – Philippa Ballentine’s Reckless Optimism

She’s the first podcast novelist in New Zealand, and has 3 novels being published this summer.Optimism has carried her through.  [What a good point…you can’t be pessimistic & create, can you? – A]4 million New Zealanders?  40 million sheep?  Wow.She’s from Wellington.  Wellywood, you know, because Peter Jackson owns it now.The Young Creative-Always writing: the Continue Reading →