Temple of the Yak is Accepted for Publication

Temple of the Yak has been accepted for Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volume IV. The editor made a few excellent suggestions that helped the story along. I’ll probably miss someone in this list of people who read and helped with the story, but here goes. My wife, Julia, World’s Most Voracious Reader My Gang of [...]

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December 17th, 2013 by John Arkwright

On the Usefulness of Giant Killer Robots: Not a Review of Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim was a story about an invasion of Godzilla-like monsters which humanity met using giant killer robots. I have thought about the usefulness, or lack thereof, of giant killer robots before, but have never written anything on the subject. I now rectify that. Constructing a giant killer robot requires huge resources and advanced technology. [...]

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July 18th, 2013 by John Arkwright

Eight Sentences

E. D. Martin gave a general invitation to post eight sentences that writers were working on. Here invitation and her eight sentences are here. The following eight sentences are from my story, Ghosts in Blue Bottles. I would have cut it off at six, but I am one to follow the rules. Mostly. The story [...]

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July 14th, 2013 by John Arkwright

My Wife, The Genius

I have always known she was a genius. She can improvise comedy like a professional. She can annihilate anyone at Scrabble. She can devise creative solutions to problems without really trying. Today she gave me another shot of her brilliance. We were eating and I was musing about how strange it seems that 1,000 years [...]

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June 29th, 2013 by John Arkwright

Not THE Story

We watched an Enterprise that turned out to be a thin frame around a stupid “Patrick Ewing is not dead–it was a dream,” story. It stinks, but the fact that it stinks interests me. Suppose that the last two pages of Lord of the Rings have Frodo waking up in his bed and realizing that [...]

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June 27th, 2013 by John Arkwright

Speaking Locally About Fiction

I will be talking with a Lingo Lounge group about fiction writing at 3:00 on May 19th in Dahlonega. I previously talked about the Lingo Lounge here. The get-together starts with people reading/performing their stuff, which I always love. Stephanie asked me to read “Comfort Food,” so I’ll do that. It’s less than 1,000 words [...]

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May 18th, 2013 by John Arkwright

What Takes So Long?

I have been writing over 3,000 words per day. I aim for 90,000 words in total, so that pace is great–especially since I am at 55,000 words already. I have been thinking about the places I get stuck and here is what I came up with. Dialogue in which I know what must be accomplished [...]

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May 10th, 2013 by John Arkwright


I put The Cornerstone of Night on hold for a semester while I did a textbook. I was a few chapters out in front of the Gang of Three, so I was able to keep sending stuff to critique. For the first time, I actually missed writing fiction. As the semester has wound down I [...]

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May 1st, 2013 by John Arkwright

Food in Hong Kong

So I was in Hong Kong, teaching for five weeks, along with two other professors. Our wives were going to show up a week or so later and we were planning to all go out–the 3 couples. My friend raved about the YMCA in Kowloon (a ferry ride across the bay from the island). He [...]

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February 15th, 2013 by John Arkwright

Characters Behaving Well

At the Writers of the Future workshop, Tim Powers, a world class author, said “I hear authors say, ‘My characters talk to me–and they do unexpected things.’ To which I say, ‘Perhaps you need to see a psychiatrist.’” I won’t diagnose any problems with you (at least until I am as successful as Tim Powers), [...]

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December 24th, 2012 by John Arkwright