Category Archives: critical theory
I’m an aerospace engineer who for 40+ years worked at the edge of the state of the art in several areas. I’m always interested in new technological innovations – after all, I’ve helped create some of them. And continue to … Continue reading
Quick success is very very rare. In any field of endeavor. It DOES happen. So beginners study those cases obsessively. Hoping that they will find the secret ingredient, the magic method, the coming trend. Careful studies of those cases have … Continue reading
Anyone taking a “publish books in pieces” approach needs to know at least vaguely what they want to get out of it. And what they will give to get it. Different goals will produce different approaches. Among them is that … Continue reading
What specifically do we need to do to write accurate female characters? Here are some suggestions. Notice that I qualify most statements. And you must intuit the existence of qualifications if I don’t make them explicit. Generalities usually have lots … Continue reading
I’ve been sampling the famed New Yorker magazine for maybe a year now. I’ve been impressed by their monthly short story. Negatively impressed. They all seem to target continued here.
Often bios of writers mention all the many different kinds of jobs they’ve had: waiter, attorney, teacher, Peace Corps volunteer. So often the long list has become a cliché. There is a reason why it’s so often true, and it’s … Continue reading
People often assume different ways of acting are enemies, and sometimes they are. Not so creativity and criticism. Each aids the other – if done right.