You know it’s a form rejection letter—

—when a magazine you’ve published with before tells you not to worry—someday, if you hone your craft, they may publish a different story! Oy, vey. I’m not mentioning who because I have published with them before and I do intend to submit again.
That said, here are some writing and science links.
•Getting your story unstuck. The article recommends killing someone or doing the opposite of what the reader expects. I’m also very fond of Raymond Chandler’s “when in doubt have a man come in through the door with a gun.”
•This WD article suggests possible writing routines to make you more productive. I’m not particularly recommending any of them—like any of the scheduling tricks I’ve discussed in past blog posts, whatever works for you works. I find it much more effective to have a weekly writing goal and flexibility day by day than the two hours-a-day routine the article suggests, for instance.
•Videogame developer Richard Dansky writes about Vaporware, a novel set in the videogame industry. It’s a good look at the problems of providing accurate technical detail about the field without drowning the reader in technical babble—plus the need to avoid anything that looked like he was using people he knew in the tale. In the same vein, sshalsnoy recommends leaving out the parts of the book you prefer to skip.
•Heidi McDonald argues that DC will never really pursue female readers as a market. Warners has apparently decided DC is a Boy Brand and that catering to women/girls will drive boys away (Marvel’s owner Disney, by contrast, has a very strong female slant, though McDonald thinks they have problems too).
This seems daft. Do kids (or adults) really think of comics as a big lump—er, brand—of entertainment rather than, say, individual characters? Boys read comics when I was a kid, and we had actual Girls Love and Young Romance books sharing the stands. I suspect it has more to do with the same bias by which movies always have to target the teen/twentysomething guy audience to succeed (no matter what revenue female-centric movies pull in, that doesn’t change). More from DC Women Kicking Ass on this topic.
•When you start linking posts to SFWA’s Twitter feed, you’re supposed to avoid politics and inflammatory material. So Theodore Beale connecting his post on black inferiority was probably a bad idea.
•Not a dream, not a fantasy—a plant that kills and eats sheep!
•The Supreme Court has invalidated patenting for natural human genes. The ACLU has actually been thinking about the intersection of biological science and civil rights for a while.
•Scientists can now use cornstarch rather than cyanide to extract gold from consumer products.
•In the wake of our wars overseas, prosthetic research has come a long way.

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  1. Pingback: Another sign of a form rejection letter | Fraser Sherman's Blog

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