Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dinosaur porn will be our gift to the ages

Even if you care nothing for the Pink/Blue divide in science-fiction, this link is worth clicking on for a short story from Gene Wolfe. Included is that infamous Hugo nominated short story where a young woman wishes that her lover was a dinosaur. As Dave Barry would say, I am not making this up.

Stephen King has said that there comes a magical time in every aspiring writer's life when they read something and think, "Wow. This sucks. I could do better than this. And this got published." Not just published, but nominated for a big science fiction award!

I'm convinced that what aspiring writers need more than anything else is a confidence boost. That's what they're really asking for when they go to established publishing names and ask for advice. It's easy to fall into the trap of writing about writing instead of doing actual writing. I'm certainly guilty of it. I've published a few short works on this blog before, plus many more that I don't publish here.

Writing isn't a vacation from the real world. It's actual work. Unless you're extraordinarily lucky or extraordinarily good, you won't be able to make it your full time job for a while. It's worth it though. If you can string a coherent sentence together and you enjoy making shit up, give it a try. Don't quit your day job just yet though.

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