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Come check out my new post on Black Gate. It’s an essay on awards and the psychology of motivation, with a studies-have-shown riff about why motivation doesn’t work the way most of us have been led to think it does, and a pull-the-wool-over-your-own-eyes riff about preserving self-motivation from stuff that might deplete it.

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It’s a lovely little convention, not overwhelming in scale, with an unusual emphasis on short fiction. When I meet a writer who hasn’t tried the convention circuit, I propose Capclave as a good first experience. I love it, too, when a convention comes within bicycle range of my house. In this case, it’s more my […]

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There are funerals that are totally unabashed about being funerals, and that can be perfect. There are funerals that try not to funerals, that want to be celebrations of the life of the beloved dead, but they don’t quite take off, and turn out to be funereal celebrations — that can be what needs to […]

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