Newsletter “Fame”

Last week the latest issue of the newsletter at work came out. It’s over 21 pages long, so it would be more accurate to call it a journal… whatever one that we call it, I have 4 articles in it.

Our editor encouraged this, calling me the new writing machine for it.  That’s an accurate title for me, because I produce an article every 2-3 classes.

The reason for my new title however is not one I looked forward to:

For years my friend Guyette Fleurant was our writing machine. I first met her about 16 years ago, and we both wrote for 3 different newsletters over that time.

March 4 of this  year she died. Several of us gave tributes to her in the newsletter, me included – in a piece called Our Ides of March (I know, that’s not chronologically correct. It just seemed an appropriate sentiment).

So now I occupy her position on the newsletter – but I’d never say that I can take her place. I write a lot, but in quantity, not in terms of article length. Also, not with the passion that she had.

If ever I can achieve a fraction of what she did, I’ll consider myself lucky.

Worlds of Wonder

David Gerrold is a legendary author of Science Fiction. He created the Kzinti and the Cthor races. The Kzinti were used in the Star Trek animated series.

Albatross (Star Trek: The Animated Series)

Albatross (Star Trek: The Animated Series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

His contribution to Trek is significant: he wrote the Trouble With Tribbles episode that has achieved cult status with fans of the franchise and even spawned a return on the Deep Space Nine series out many years later.

Several years ago he wrote a book about writing science fiction. I read Worlds of Wonder several times since then. I hoped to have him sign it at one of the Worldcons that I’ve attended, but he hasn’t been to them.

Cover of "Worlds of Wonder: How to Write ...

Cover via Amazon

The information in the book isn’t all earth-shaking, but what parts are definitely do. The chapters on tension and on sex (granted, that part is not for everyone) alone are very useful – and the entire book makes for entertaining reading.

It actually isn’t only of use in writing SF but in other genres too. Just the chapter on a newer writing verb tense was interesting!

Get the book for yourself

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Chuck Wendig

Currently I’m reading 500 Ways to Be a Better Writer. I plan to buy his books about being a Freelance Penmonkey once I make a good dent in my reading pile; having a Kindle app and access to many free books I got a lot!

His writing style isn’t to everyone’s taste. He’s very caustic, swears a lot, and as a result can seem very crude.

Thing is: wasn’t Hunter S. Thompson abrasive and at times hard to take? He was seen as a ‘gonzo journalist’; Wendig is a ‘gonzo writer’.


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