I cannot say that I am a good science fiction writer, but I keep going back to the genre every now and then. There was a piece I wrote a while ago that I actually sent to a publisher, and was soundly rejected. Sadly I cannot find the original manuscript, so I will have to … Continue reading The Cure
The great actor and comedian Bill Murray, at the age of 65, was asked in an interview what he wants. He answered "I want to be consistently always there". This was very much in line with my own recent revelation now that I am in the latter half of my fifties. You are not really … Continue reading Finding One’s Presence
Our perception of women have changed over the years, and so have our vocabulary to describe them. For example, we don't seem to use words like "broad" and "chick" as much these days. It is usually explained that they were dropped from common usage because these words were not polite. But we still use the … Continue reading The Gal, the Bitch, the Broad, and the Chick
Kirk Douglas once said that Marlon Brando was responsible for producing more bad actors than any other man. This was because Marlon Brando was an excellent actor with an inimitable style. People who tried to mimic Brando's style invariably failed and became bad actors. One of my all time favorite actors is James Spader. I … Continue reading Acting and Writing
A single word or image can mean different things to different readers.
Writing a novel is like lifting 500 pounds. Training for it takes longer than actually doing it.
A short non-comprehensive list of fiction writing rules.
You can condense Japanese history into five bell curves.
Some tips for NaNoWriMo contestants.
At this pace, Japan will reach its next military era in about 130 years.