A Truant Disposition

"I must be idle."

Great Fun! Audio Interview Now Available Online

I had a great time Thursday night with the Deadly Reads people live online.  The audio is now available in the archive. It’s long, so you might want to listen while you do other things. Or just pour yourself a beverage, settle in and listen.  🙂 Stay Up Late Ainy Rainwater on Deadly Reads Radio.

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Tonight! Live Interview!

Reminder: This Thursday, April 28th, I’ll be doing a live online interview with Deadly Reads on Blog Talk Radio at 9 pm, CDT. Call in number: (646) 668-2716. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/journeyintothenight/2016/04/29/stay-up-late-with-sci-fi-author-ainy-rainwater (If you can’t join us, the interview will be available later online to play at your leisure.)

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A Rainy Afternoon Reading

It was a dark and stormy night…no, wait, make that afternoon. As some of you may know, the entire Greater Houston area has gotten a surfeit of rain this spring, and the storm gods did not take a day off Sunday when Mary Robinette Kowal and Marie Brennan were in town to do a reading […]

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Insomnia for Authors

Don’t think about the book you’re writing. Don’t tell yourself that you’re just telling yourself a bedtime story. Don’t imagine extraneous scenes for characters in your book, complete with dialogue. Don’t delude yourself that you’re dreaming when your characters are doing all kinds of stupid things. You’re still writing in your head. Don’t think about […]

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Saladin Ahmed: After the flood…

Author Saladin Ahmed’s house flooded and though insurance will cover some of the damage, it will not cover nearly enough. You can survey the disaster on his Tumblr or pics he posted on Twitter (@saladinahmed). So this happened yesterday. Lots of folks asking how they can help. Details here. And thanks! http://t.co/1KINGldAJO pic.twitter.com/sCHDrojYeR — Saladin […]

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Life Trumps Fiction

Life trumps fiction by virtue of being real, immediate, and not optional. You have to spend a certain amount of time actively engaged in life if you want to write well. Someone who has been a hermit for a twenty years might produce a good book on spiritual enlightenment, but I daresay such a person […]

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Things That Go Bump In The Bright August Light

After a couple of heavy blog posts, it’s time for something light. Or dark. Depending on how you look at it. Today is M. R. James’ birthday and H. P. Lovecraft’s birthday is August 20th. (James 1862, Lovecraft 1890) M. R. James is best known as the author of classic ghost stories. If you’ve read […]

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The Jonah Lehrer “Imagine” scandal

I awoke this morning to news of the Jonah Lehrer publishing scandal (which actually broke yesterday). Today his book Imagine was pulled by the publisher and he resigned as a writer for The New Yorker (early reports were that he was fired). Here’s what happened in a nutshell: he made up quotations from Bob Dylan […]

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Ray Bradbury, Technology, and Book People

When most people think of Ray Bradbury, they think of Fahrenheit 451, his famous novel of book-burning and censorship, the title referring to the temperature at which paper burns. When I was growing up I read mostly Bradbury’s short stories, of which he was a master, but I also read longer works such as The […]

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