The Point, a Podcast, a Lie, and Did You Know

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * What’s the Point? * Voices of the West Podcast * Something That Might Have Happened * Did You Know… * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “Even if it turns out that time travel is impossible, it is important that we understand why it is impossible.” Professor Stephen Hawking I believe time travel is impossible because there is only Now. Time is a human construct, something invented by our consciousness to compare and contrast our experiences. That said, I look forward to writing my next time-travel novel. “Plot is no more … Read more

Create or Construct: Your Choice

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Create or Construct: Your Choice * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “[Imagination] is the one thing besides honesty that a good writer must have. … If he gets so he can imagine truly enough, people will think that the things he relates all really happened and that he is just reporting.” Ernest Hemingway “[S]imiles are like defective ammunition (the lowest thing I can think of at this time).” Ernest Hemingway Interviewer: “Do you know what is going to happen when you write a story?” Hemingway: “Almost never. I start to … Read more

Going for an MFA?

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Going for an MFA? * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.” Jeannette Rankin “I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don’t remember what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose.” P.G. Wodehouse Going for an MFA? A writer asked me awhile back whether I would recommend attending an MFA program. No, I wouldn’t. Listen, if you’re thinking about going for an MFA so you can write fiction, … Read more

Story Ideas Abound

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Welcome * LaMotte vs. Hemingway * Comment Policy * Story Ideas Abound * Stay Tuned * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “When he could stand it no longer, he fired a revolver up through the roof of his mouth, but he made a mess of it.” Ellen N. LaMotte, opening sentence of “Heroes” from The Backwash of War “The strange thing was, he said, how they screamed every night at midnight.” Ernest Hemingway, opening sentence from “On the Quay at Smyrna” “That night we lay on the floor in the … Read more

St. David’s Day, and Women’s History Month

In today’s Journal * A Day Late * And a Dollar Short * Good Comments * Women’s History Month * A Little More on AI * Of Interest A Day Late I was surprised to learn the 1st of March is St. David’s Day, though that matters mostly in Wales. However, since I live just outside a tiny town called St. David, I thought I’d mention it, albeit a day late. The “small but mighty nation” of Wales celebrated the Welsh saint’s day yesterday. From Updraft Plus—a company that designs WordPress plugins and many of whose employees live it Wales—yesterday … Read more

Live in Tombstone

In today’s Journal * A Short Post * You Can’t Make This Shup * Of Interest A Short Post A short post today, mostly to pass along the “Of Interest” items and to let you know I probably won’t publish an edition of the Journal tomorrow. I’ll be at Schieffelin Hall on the main drag in Tombstone Arizona to take part in a book fair, an extremely rare occurrence for me. If any of you happen to be in the vicinity, please stop by. I’d enjoy chatting with you. Here’s the graphic my wife created for her Facebook announcement: You … Read more

Changes to the Journal and More AI

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Changes to the Journal * More AI Stuff * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once.” Terry Pratchett “There are plenty of valuable (that is, profitable) use cases for this tech [AI] but faking human creativity ain’t it.” Felix Torres Changes to the Journal Owing in part to a pair of brief discussions recently with a couple of other folks, I’ve changed the appearance of the Journal. One discussion had to do with serif vs. sans serif fonts. In the latter, it’s … Read more

Some More Thoughts on Ernest Hemingway

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Some More Thoughts on Ernest Hemingway * You Can’t Make This Shup * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “Ernest Hemingway’s signature style broke the mold. His short, declarative sentences, intentional repetition, and general absence of adjectives were a departure from the style of every previous novelist.” Jessica Leader “It’s hard to imagine a writer who hasn’t been affected by him. He changed the furniture in the room.” Author Tobias Wolff “It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The … Read more

Roald Dahl Revisited, and More

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Roald Dahl Revisited * Short Stories * It’s Good to Be the King * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “Following the publisher’s logic would be equal to transforming the M˜y Lai Massacre into a misunderstanding with unpleasant consequences that shouldn’t be discussed because it’s too upsetting for some people.” Jeffrey Herman in an article about so-called sensitivity readers (see “Of Interest”) “It costs much, much less to hire a literary attorney to examine the contract before you sign it than it does to hire that same attorney to get you … Read more

US Copyright Office, and BookBub Ads

In today’s Journal * US Copyright Office * BookBub Ads * Of Interest Just sharing a little today. From 1440 Daily Digest “US Copyright Office rules artwork and images produced using artificial intelligence tools cannot be copyrighted (More)” BookBub Ads I recently attended a Getting Started with BookBub Ads webinar. I don’t think they would mind me sharing since doing so means more potential revenue for them. To watch the recording, click To download the accompanying slides, click PDF Download. From a followup email I received from BookBub, “If you’re ever in need of a quick summary of the … Read more