Clean

Much hay has been made of Clean Reader. Better-known authors than I have probably already picked this topic to death. For those who haven’t heard of it, it claims to edit out the profanity from e-books. Now, anyone who’s been online for longer than about six minutes has probably run into some variant of the […]

Preoccupation

Not everything on the Orrery is going to be about writing. As much as this is a writing blog, this is really a showcase for my writing. That means, as long as I’m writing, it’s practice. Also, as much as I love being a creative individual, sometimes things happen that keep me from being able […]

I mentioned in an earlier post that writing for children “weirds narrative.” I think this is a fairly non-controversial position unto itself. Some people dismiss children’s literature, often harshly, as simplistic, dull, or… well… childish. I think it’s an acceptable statement to make in the abstract that we want children to be reading, and we […]

Plausible

One of the hardest parts of writing is that stories have to feel real in a way that real life doesn’t have to match. I take public transit to work, and one of the great benefits of doing so is that it puts me in contact with a vast cross-section of people who I would […]

Reflections

I’ve never really seen myself on television. Framing the thought that way makes it sound pretentious, but it’s actually an important statement. I don’t see a lot of characters in mainstream media that really speak to me as a person. I think if I dug deeply enough in my blog history, I could find a […]