Love Letter

 

Dear Writers —

… especially writers whose medium is fiction: genre, literary, role-playing games, plays, movies, etc.

What we do is hard. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Novelists especially. 80,000-120,000 words to sustain a transformation, to imbue a world, to make characters–even walk-ons–live, breathe and sometimes die between the ink and the page in a cohesive, meaningful, never-boring heartfelt way. All the while knowing that what you see and feel and strain to put down is never ever what the reader will get out of it.

That’s the blessing and the curse of the written word, or the game scenario. Because the reader isn’t us, they can never experience the story the way we do. But we also can’t experience it the way they do. And sometimes readers and players are amazingly generous with their buy-in. Fandoms are proof of that.

All creators live with constant doubt and frustration and time constraints and the intervenings of real life. It’s hard to chew through it, swallow, and continue on to The End. Overwhelmingly difficult sometimes.

So, thanks. Thank you to all the writers of my favorite stories, poems, movies and games. Thanks for slogging on through the long process of getting your work published, or out to your gaming groups. My brain and spirit love to roll around in what you create.

You’ve made my world better. You inspire me to be a better writer, and a better human.

All the love,
Kath

 

Retrospective 2016

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Writers’ Fuel

 

 

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a wordsmith writing a story is in want of some coffee.”

 

I’m pretty sure that’s what Jane Austen said.  Followed by, “Gimme some java.”

I write, sure.  I plot and plan.  I noodle with friends.  And yes, I’m invariably in want of some coffee.  But more, I want a lovely, quiet, clean place where I can sip and type, or lounge and talk in peace for a few hours.

Shout out to STORYVILLE COFFEE!!

If you’re in the Seattle metro area, give Storyville a try.  Four locations.  Two types of extremely freshly roasted coffee: Prologue for the full caff, and Epilogue for the decaf.  Breakfast bits.  Luncheon stuff.  Beautiful ambiance.  Comfortable seating.  Uber kind people behind the bar.

Also?  Hand-crafted espresso.  This means they don’t push a button and let the machine do all the work.  They actually know how to pull espresso.  It’s a disappearing art here in Seattle, lemme tell ya.

What’s more, they have a wonderful objective:

“… STORYVILLE is a FOR GIVING company, created for giving. At STORYVILLE, our desire is to support the fight against human trafficking worldwide until no child, woman, or man is trapped in slavery.”

This is a coffee company I can get behind.

If they were also open until 9pm, it would be a match made in heaven.  However, they are open 7a-6p M-Th, and 7:59a-6p weekends. [edit: summer hours begin THIS weekend, so they’ll be open at 6:59a Saturday and Sunday.  Wheee!]

Pssst … you don’t have to be a writer to enjoy Storyville Coffee.  All that is required is a desire for a bit of something lovely in your day.

Give them a try.

PS:  They did not pay me for this endorsement.  I just loved them.

 

Have you been to Storyville?  What did you think?  What is your favorite place to write, muse, converse, chill?

Awards Season

Award season isn’t just for movies, no indeed!  On Feb. 22nd the Nebula Awards listed their nominees for 2010, and today the Locus Awards followed suit.  Take a gander at the titles, and you’ll see what an amazingly good year SF/Fantasy had!  It’s wholly encouraging.

A special congratulatory shout out to two who are always awesome and divine: M.K. Hobson and Felicity Shoulders!  M.K.’s novel, The Native Star (Spectra), is nominated in the Nebula’s “novel” category, and the Locus’s “best new novel” category.  Felicity’s “Conditional Love” (Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 1/10) is nominated in the Short Story category for both awards.

Such goodness!  If you haven’t already, find ’em and read ’em!

Oh … and the 2011 Hugo Awards nominations are open!  Award season!  All around us!  I have a good deal of reading to do.