Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Cultural Appropriation: A question for other writers

The objective of writing science fiction, fantasy, (and fiction in general) is to explore the world of what could be, what should be, what should never be — to challenge your own assumptions, to discover, uncover, or invent new ways of thinking about life and new ways of seeing the world, humanity, and life, to expand beyond what is. Standing … Continue reading →

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For the first time ever, I’m writing a novel in NaNoWriMo

I’ve spent the past few years doing very little fiction. First there were the problems with WordPress on my writing site that broke my writing classes and wrecked my income, and which had to be fixed. Then there were the five surgeries in twelve months that caused me enormous pain, a lot of down time for recovery, and meant I … Continue reading →

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Since last I posted…

Since last I posted, which I have just realized has been more than a month ago, Dan Allen (my website guy) and his team and I have done massive work on HollysWritingClasses.com, I relaunched How to Revise Your Novel, we had the Cat 4 walk-by of Hurricane Matthew, and I turned 56. I’ve been swamped, but it hasn’t been swamped … Continue reading →

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No Man’s Sky: A Science Fiction Novelist (And Grown-Up Nerdy Girl) Reviews the Game

Before I review No Man’s Sky, you need to know two things about me. Well, three, but if you’re reading my blog, I’m assuming you already know I’m a professional SF novelist. So, two. ONE: Back in 1970 when I was nine, we moved from Ohio — where I’d spent my entire life to that point — to Alaska, and … Continue reading →

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And back from yet another surgery

Let me equivocate. I’m back-ish. Gah. This is the first day since the most recent tongue surgery—done June 26th to widen the margins on the PREVIOUS tongue surgery—that I haven’t woken up already in pain. I’ve been just about useless since the 26th, though I did have one really good fiction run with my Kellow story last week. I’ve worked … Continue reading →

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