Daniel Schwabauer I should have known something interesting was about to happen at this particular conference. As I looked at the proposed topics offered by various speakers, a common theme emerged: writers in community. An odd combination, it seemed to me.
Daniel Schwabauer It probably takes something like Banned Books Week to remind us of the importance of reading, to say nothing of the importance of free speech and the freedom of the press.
Daniel Schwabauer A student recently asked me how a writer decides what to describe and what to ignore when writing fiction. Do I mention the trees? The buildings? The people? Do I describe them in detail, or just give each a few words. How much is too much?
Daniel Schwabauer Pratchett is a terrific storyteller, and Nation is a terrific novel. The novel is a worth-while read and beautifully crafted. It's also funny. And sombre. When I put it down, I wanted to pick it up again. What a disappointment then when I realized the heart of the novel is an old lie—one that is common to sci-fi and almost as old as humanity.
Daniel Schwabauer Kipling's prose songs are really the melodies of Wisdom's laughing little cousin, Innocence. They will make you sigh, smile and think—at the same time.