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Why I Love Science Fiction

I’ve loved science fiction since before I knew what a genre was. I first saw Star Wars at age four, so that was my intro to the genre. I’m sure I could barely read at the time. I always found all stories about planets, stars, space travel to be fascinating. For books, it was probably A Wrinkle in […]

Returning to Reading

I’ve always been a reader, but at some point after becoming a parent, my reading gravitated entirely to nonfiction. Partly the function of my work as a writer, researcher, strategist, etc., partly due to my cluelessness as a parent (let’s just say I digested my fair share of parenting tomes), and also a practical function […]

On Becoming an Author

On the eve of my book’s publication and introduction to the world, I thought I should write down my thoughts about the whole experience of becoming an author so I will remember them, and share them for others who seek to follow a similar path. Like many, I romanticized the idea of becoming an author […]

Tips for Writing Quality Content

While writing my book, I decided that although I had been writing professionally for many years now that I hadn’t really read much about nonfiction writing as a craft, so I searched Amazon and found On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, by William Zinsser, revised for its 30th anniversary edition. I gradually […]

Books & Blogs

More bloggers are writing books and vice versa – it’s a nice combination. And more bloggers are being approached to review the books. Last night, I attended a launch party with other members of the media and tech companies, sponsored by the Horn Group for Charlene Li & Josh Bernoff’s new book, Groundswell. Li and […]

Six Degrees of Tom Perkins

I hosted a book club meeting for the first time last night and the book I chose was a little different than the novels we’ve read in the past. The book club is for my (relatively new, as of a little over a year ago) neighborhood and the group is largely social, but also highly […]

Late Night Amusement – Russian Spam

I get the best Russian spam late at night these days – somehow it’s evading both of my spam filters – but instead of deleting it, I’m using it as a chance to brush up on my reading in Russian. And the messages are a great combination of really basic words that I know, complex […]

RIP Arthur Clarke, One of Sci-Fi’s Greatest

He turned Jupiter into a second sun and now he’s gone. At age 90, one of science fiction’s greatest, Arthur C. Clarke, has died. He passed his last years in Sri Lanka, this Brit served in the Royal Air Force in WWII, survived polio, designed preliminary modern satellites, and wrote classics like 2001: A Space […]

Bloggers and Writers – Use Creative Commons Licenses – Here’s Why

I had the pleasure of getting to know Cory Doctorow while I was volunteering for theEFF one summer. He is an extraordinary writer and networker, and his work is brilliant. So rather than trying to paraphrase his writing, I’ll just quote it directly. It is, after all, under Creative Commons license: “My writing career and […]

If You Want to Write a Novel, There’s No Time Like November

National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, begins again this Thursday, November 1st. It’s a month-long journey into the experience of speed fiction, and tens of thousands (perhaps more?) have participated to date. “The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.” Loads of people do it, and they love it. The […]