Clear Sky, Two Planets, Two Old Humans

We just came in from looking at the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, the closest they will appear from Earth for another 800 years when–needless to say–two 75+ year olds aren’t going to be here to look.   We stood by the south barn lot fence in the back yard, resting binoculars on the fence because Read More…

Revision, revision, revision: still not done?

Still not done.  Little chunks have come out.  Bigger chunks of new material have appeared.   Sequence tangles have been extricated, laid out, and put in order, with necessary transitions.  It’s taken this long to get the first thirty-two days of the story cleaned up, and to introduce things that were left out.  It’s gonna be Read More…

SF and Soup

When a science fiction writer makes soup and then wants to take a picture of it…my, what strange things get into into the picture.  Is that cute little alien *pregnant*??? What’s with the one straddling a big of carrot and holding (?) a black bean?   (This being a winter soup, it started with 4 cups Read More…

Rags & Tigger & Elizabeth

Yesterday, I haltered Rags and put him through some groundwork exercises, including walking between poles, then over poles, then turning 360 degrees inside a square, and so on.  Tigger was a bit intrusive, walking right behind Rags sniffing his butt or walking behind/ beside where he could bump Rags with his nose in the flank.  Read More…

Another Note on Research

Having just explained that I do not outline books…you may wonder how I can research backgrounds, both physical and social.  As of today, I can offer a new example. Usually, when I start a book, especially in a series, I have in mind a setting of some sort…my characters have shown me where they are, Read More…

Revision, Revision, Where Art Thou, O Revision?

Made it through the first 30 days of this book (book-days, not our days) and straightened out the more obvious problems.  Then came a floating scene…one I’d labeled “move to where it belongs”…that dragged behind it a big important Event connected–alas–to a particular timing that no longer had space to fit it in.  Logical space.  Read More…