Still from Valerian

On Valerian

This post contains spoilers. It also will come off as negative to the point of sounding harsh. Apologies. I generally don’t like to post negative reviews. What’s the point? So let me say right off that I did not hate Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. But the movie does not really work. As a writer, I want to understand why. Luc Besson’s science fiction I’ve been a fan of Luc Besson’s movies since the 1980s, when I first saw his first feature....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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Something I often have to remind myself as a writer

On Quora, someone posted the question: Why am I so intimidated by a blank page staring up at me in my sketch book? Why is it so hard for me to just dive in? My answer goes way back to something I learned getting my MFA, and basically it comes down to this: A book (or short story or painting or movie or any creative work) comes to life and dies several times over....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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A firstperson narration aspect often overlooked

The story and the telling of the story are two different things. In other words, the narrator and the character in the story are not necessarily the same person. Oh, they have the same name and all that. But the narrator knows the story she is telling, while the character within the story does not. This provides opportunities that few writers explore. I’ll use an old classic movie as an example of what I’m talking about....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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Free Mabel!

An early cover for “Mabel and the Yellow Jackets” To outsiders, she may seem like a nice older “woman next door.” But the redoubtable Mabel is nobody’s fool, and she’s anything but helpless. When a horde of stinging insects invades her space, they experience the wrath of a woman who’ll have none of it. My short story “Mabel and the Yellow Jackets” is free—as in free free, not just subscription free—this weekend, February 23–26, on Kindle....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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Rediscovering Notes app (and it scans, it scans!)

How do you take notes? I prefer to use my bullet journal. But what about when I don’t have it handy? When I’m just relaxing is when I might get a great idea. Or stumble across a fabulous resource. Or see a pithy quote I want to save for later. When relaxing, I’m usually reading a book, browsing around on my iPhone, doodling on my iPad, or watching a TV show or movie....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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Merged-ish

What was rarepattern.com is no more, though some of it lives on here. If you followed a dead link, try search. Apologies, I did not migrate the comments.

 · Laura Lis Scott
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Nothing that can’t be solved with a little bug spray

When you believe in independent publishing as a political act, start wondering about alternatives to sending out that odd, non-genre 5200-word short story for more submissions—especially to pubs with loooonnnnngggg response times. Especially when you have all the knowhow to publish a valid and properly formatted ebook. Especially when you think the story really is actually pretty fun. Especially when you have the fabulous Katherine M. Lawrence editing. So you decide to throw it out there…...

 · Laura Lis Scott

Writing update

I’ve been writing science fiction and a bit of fantasy. One story is out for submission. A couple others I need to look over before sending out. Right now I’m working on a weird transhumanist tale with four-eared humans and eight-legged aliens—which in turn is an interstitial project between rewrites of the epic space opera I’ve been reworking for a couple of years now. (I think it’s close.) Some people have asked me about the next Maid book....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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Six notebooks compared: Leuchtturm1917, Rhodia, Midori, MUJI, Northbooks and Moleskine [updated]

A while ago, I got interested in bullet journaling. Eager to get going on it quickly and discover how I would use this freeform style of journaling and personal planning, I initially went with the popular bujo favorite, the Leuchtturm1917. But I was immediately frustrated when I saw how much ghosting I had on the reverse sides of my pages. I needed to find the best bujo notebook. Bullet journaling, at least in my mind, demands a higher standard....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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How is the author-editor relationship affected by who hires whom?

That’s a question I explore in a guest blogpost over on Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.

 · Laura Lis Scott