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The Tropes Less Traveled - illustration of a book, a compass, and a path toward a tree

The Tropes Less Traveled A reader on Facebook asked the authors in the science fiction and fantasy group about tropes for their books, which sparked a lively discussion. We discussed hot trends, old favorites, and those we hope never to see again. This got me thinking about my own books, and how some of them […]

Friends for Life: An Essay, with a photo of two face masks

This departs from my usual blog posts about my books, or the thrilling life of an author with cats. This is one of two personal essays related to current events that are profoundly affecting our world. In the other, I talk about racism and the need to be allies for life. This essay talks about […]

Avoiding things that must be done with other things that could be done

Creative Avoidance My general approach to life is to keep busy. It’s my way of staving off boredom and countering my DNA-deep slacker nature. On the continuum between “do it now” and “do it when you have to,” I’m in the “do it now” side. But not always. Despite my determination to do a particular […]