Resting

- by Victoria Janssen

There’s an expression British actors use: when they’re out of work, they don’t say that they’re unemployed, they say that they’re “resting.” I like that for more than one reason. “Resting” is an active verb. You’re doing something if you’re resting. In other words, if I’m not writing, I am resting. I am making an […]

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Submit, submit, submit

- by Victoria Janssen

My favorite advice, to both new writers and experienced writers, is “if you don’t submit, it won’t sell,” and “don’t make the editor’s decision for her.” It sounds obvious, doesn’t it? If you don’t submit the story or novel, it’s a sure thing no one will buy it. Unless, of course, you have a stalker […]

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Moderating a Panel at a Convention

- by Victoria Janssen

I attended Arisia, a science fiction convention, recently. I moderated a panel on “writing while having a day job.” I’ve been attending sf cons since I was a young teenager, and serving on panels, and moderating them, for more than a decade, and they’re a great way not only to meet a new audience, but […]

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David Attenborough, Antarctica, and Writing

- by Victoria Janssen

I had an unusual writing lesson recently. I watched the David Attenborough documentary on Antarctica, Life in the Freezer. It wasn’t specifically for research; I’m a fan of his, and was curious about the topic, and the DVD happened to be on sale! Though this series isn’t new–it’s from 1993–I totally recommend it, for the […]

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