Brenda Cooper

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End of First Semester: Being a Mid-Career MFA Student

In my day job (IT Management), it’s normal to go back to school mid-career to get new skills and hop up a rung. Apparently the creative writing career is different; the goal of the MFA is to get published, and after you are published, you don’t really need one. But I’ve never been conventional. I […]

Nanwrimo Musings

Nanowrimo is not for everyone, and generally, its more for newer writers than me, although I do know many other pro writers who nano.  For any who don’t know, Nanowrimo is all about writing 50,000 words in a month, which the size of a smallish novel (My novels are usually 120,000 words). At any rate, […]

Six by Six Delivered

The Six by Six team all came through on our Kickstarter.  All six collections have been delivered to backers on time. Special thanks to Brad Beaulieu for being the architect, the experienced one, the marketing brains, the art director, the gang-wrangler, and the accountant.  A man of many hats.  Watch for his forthcoming “Song of […]

Women in Science Fiction, an Interview, and Intro Chapters

Skiffy an Fanty asked me to post about the current topic of the day – women in science fiction.  My thoughts are now posted over at their site – please do drop by and read.  If you want to include this as part of the meta-coversation, please post this on social media and comment etc. I also […]

Edge of Dark Readings Coming Soon

I’ve got a number of appearances coming soon.  The first is at the University Bookstore on the 4th of March.  This will be my first public reading of Edge of Dark where the book is actually available.  So it’s pretty much to launch party.  Come on down!  I’d love to have a full house of […]

Six by Six is Live!

I’m super excited to announce (finally!) the launch day for my very first Kickstarter. I’ve backed 50 (yes, 50) Kickstarter projects. They’ve varied from my Pebble watch to my friend’s books, from expensive things I haven’t yet gotten (but almost certainly will) to perfectly delivered delights. Only 5 have failed to fund. And here I am […]

Big Hieroglyph Events coming to AZ and Seattle

The Hieroglyph anthology was born in Arizona and nurtured at ASU, at the Center for Science and the Imagination. The center is an academic effort to mash up SF writers and scientists and see what comes out. Hieroglyph is one child of the center. This anthology of ambitious near-future SF was goosed along by Neal Stephenson’s poke at society […]

Unexpectedly Awesome

Sometimes you stumble into something unexpectedly awesome.  I was invited to attend a poetry reading at The Grape Choice in Kirkland, a small and very nice wine shop down by Lake Washington. I like poetry.  I used to write and read poetry a lot, and even now I occasionally publish a poem or pop off […]

Sometimes it’s not the wordcount

Most mornings, I sit down at 5:00 and write until 6:00 or 7:00, getting out about 1,000 words. The last few weeks have been frustrating.  I’ve been driving toward the finish of a book that just doesn’t want to end. Scenes keep getting added.  Some will come back out; this is not going to finish […]

Wanting to Read

I was hemming and hawing about taking David Brin’s Existence with me (it’s pretty big for airplane reading, and I am going to WORLDCON where I will acquire books whether I want to or not). But then I read the first page and the damned thing is going with me (partly because it’s David, partly […]