4 Ways to Overcome Creative Burn-Out Today

We’re all part of a giant machine, working our hearts’ out until we’re too worn to go on. The world runs on creative ideas but creatives themselves are frequently marginalized and thrown out after their usefulness starts to fade. What you can you do about it? You can’t stop the machine — our world — […]

My top three science fiction doctors

I’ve been a professional (alternative) healer for several decades. Here are a couple of people I wouldn’t mind trusting my life to: Calhoun (Med Ship, Doctor to the Stars, Pariah Planet, and others by Murray Leinster) Snake (Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre) Leonard “Bones” McCoy (Star Trek) Who’s bedside manner impresses you? Save

Creative Expansion in a Crumbling World

It’s easy to be excited about personal creative endeavors. As I read through writers’ and artists’ blogs and websites and watch YouTube videos, I’m struck by how many creatives are out there. Over the decades I’ve been astounded by the amount of competition between us, as if we’re competing for limited resources (all too true […]

Written words, how wonderful you are

In this era of words everyone has to be a writer. A writer, really? Yeah. We all have to learn to write. In fact, you have to be able to write to communicate online. (Well, you can make videos, but you probably would have to write down your thoughts for those, too.) So, writing is […]

Preliminary Book Cover Designs

I’m very old school. Back in the day you never shared preliminary, or unfinished book artwork. Your art director or book publisher simply wouldn’t allow it. Today, of course, things are different. Everyone shares everything they can, especially works-in-process. To be completely honest, doing so gives me nervous knots. But that’s ridiculous. It’s time to […]

The results are in and I’m a winner!

…a contest winner, I mean. Haffner Press, a small press specializing in Pulp Fiction reprints, recently had a drawing for a new release — “The Watcher at the Door: The Early Kuttner Volume Two.” And I won! Today I received my prize. And here it is, still wrapped. Haffner Press does a deluxe job with […]

Hubbub Article is Chosen as Reader’s Choice Pick

I do play favorites. As a reporter, I mean. I try to love all my stories equally but I just can’t help loving some of them more. Recently, I wrote a story about a local shop owner whose building was badly damaged when a drunk driver crashed into it. The community’s outpouring of love and […]

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