Tag Archives: Hell

The day of Megan’s Surprise Dilemma.

Megan claims she doesn’t like surprises. She prefers to be involved. She bought her own engagement ring — I didn’t even get to see it first. (That’s another tale and shall be told another time.) However, when you ask her detailed questions, she vacillates. Some surprises are good. Some are bad. What’s the pattern? Where’s the line?

It’s impossible for a loving husband to guess. Read More →

The day I played Starcraft while my blog automatically updated.

When I first committed to blogging daily, I had nothing planned or prepared. It was like jumping from an aircraft with a pledge to knit a parachute on the way down. I liked the idea because it was bold, daring and would force action. I thrive under pressure. Give me three years to complete a project and watch me “multitask,” confident you’ll forget. Give me three hours and be amazed. Read More →

Is networking really the answer? Are we really that shallow?

Two of the authors in the Writing Excuses podcast have mentioned they broke in with a boost due to networking.

The last query letter I submitted (and many prior) received a form rejection letter. It can’t be the quality of the story, the work, which they haven’t even seen. It might be the quality of the query letter, but I can correspond professionally. Hell, in my day job, people ask me to help them compose messages so they sound cleaner, easier to read, and more professional.

It might be that the story didn’t grab the agent’s or intern’s imagination, which sometimes happens. But it’s hard to give a story full credit in synopsis. They have a tendency to all sound flat, lame, contrived.


Try to summarize your favorite film or show right now in a few short sentences and see if it wouldn’t sound lame to someone else (assuming they weren’t already a fan).

So what’s the difference between having your query letter read or ignored?

Seems like whether or not you’ve had coffee with the recipient is the key ingredient.

ASK JASON ANYTHING: Should you let a suffering loved-one die?

It’s a writer’s job to know a little bit about everything, and to thoroughly research anything he doesn’t know. ASK JASON ANYTHING is your opportunity to challenge Jason with a question of any kind, whether it’s scientific or religious, financial or social, political, historical. It can be something you already know, or something you’re genuinely curious to learn. You can ask trivia or knowledge or advice, and every Thursday, Jason will do his best to answer. (Read more atwww.jasonrpeters.com.)


If a close friend or relative is greatly suffering, should you permit him or her to give up and die?

You’ve heard this circumstance. There’s an incurable disease. Or perhaps the cure is worse than the disease, like years of chemotherapy (particularly when it hasn’t worked). The afflicted has made his peace with god, with family, and with himself. And he insists its time to let go.

But you have this “respect for life”. You can’t sanction this person’s casting off into eternal goodnight. Or perhaps you believe that suicides go directly to hell. Or you’ll just miss the person too damn much. Whatever the case, you can’t let go.

Should you? Read More →

Come hell or high bathwater

piechart-of-procrastinationMy computer failed yesterday.

I don’t mean that it only performed at 69% desired capacity or lower, I mean it ceased responding to commands of any kind.

Furious, I asked my wife to troubleshoot while my temper subsided over A Song of Fire and Ice (George R. R. Martin). Later, I took up the attempt myself.

The machine will not boot except from a Windows CD, whereupon it will perform one of any number of recovery tasks, and usually stall again…rinse, repeat.

This is the second time this has happened. (I am trying to hang on for Windows 7 before replacing the rig entirely.)

As before, after enough reboots and recoveries, eventually my OS loaded completely. I usually begin my bedtime oblutions about 9:30. It was well after 10:30 before I had a computer again, and I had already felt unhealthy all day.

I wrote my 500 words anyway.

Nor was I displeased with them, although a writer evaluating his own work is kind of like a lens wondering whether it’s in focus… it really depends what the person on the other side wants to see.

FRAGILE GODS is 3% done and should be finished by October 14th, 2009.