I'm still on the road. Specifically, I'm outside of Pittsburgh, where chopping hills in half and using the rubble to create new hills is a matter of civic pride. Seriously, I can't think of anywhere in the world that has retained a smaller percentage of its original topography.
As witness the photo above of the parking lot of I forget exactly which mall, nestled into the artfully-chopped landscape of Washington, PA. America is still a beautiful land. But it's not the kind of beauty our ancestors would recognize.
And speaking of writing workshops . . .
I'm going to be online-lecturing at the StarShipSofa Online Writers Workshop. This is the first of what is apparently going to be a semi-annual series. Other lecturers include James Patrick Kelly, Sheila Williams, David Mercurio Rivera, and my good friend and sometime Aubrey Darger impersonator Gregory Frost, who suggested I participate in the first place. Greg's judgment on such matters is sound, so I'm going to give it my best.
Here, clipped from the announcement, are the very basics:
StarShipSofa Online Writers Workshop
(Saturday 12th March 5pm to 7pm UK)
Pacific Time 09:00am
Mountain Time 10:00am
Central Time 11:00am
Eastern Time 12:00noon
What will be covered in the first workshop:
- The Beginning – Gregory Frost
- Plot Tricks From The Dark Side – James Patrick Kelly
- How To Fix Your Story After Its Written and You Discover It Doesn’t Work – Michael Swanwick
- Why Writing Groups – Mercurio D. Rivera
- What An Editor Wants – Sheila Williams
- Q&A – All
You can read about it in more detail here.