Brenda Cooper

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My Stonecoast MFA

I recently completed a Masters in Fine Arts at Stonecoast.  A number of people asked me why, and others have whether or not it was worth it. So here’s my write-up, which might help mid-career authors who are considering an MFA.  First – a brief description. Stonecoast is a low-residency MFA through the University of […]

A Review of Four and Half Year’s Worth of Work

A review of my most recent four book series (in two duologies) came out yesterday.  Duology 1 is The Creative Fire and The Diamond Deep, and Duology 2 is Edge of Dark and Spear of Light. All of them came out from Pyr. The second two books came out because after I finished the first story, I wanted to explore […]

Edge of Dark Nominated for the P.K. Dick Award

I’m really touched and flattered and pleased….and a bit shocked happy.  I just learned that Edge of Dark is a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. The award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is […]

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, […]

100 Year StarShip: Space for all of us

I’m currently at the 100 Year Starship Symposium.  This symposium was started by DARPA and is now run by Mae Jemison, who was the first black female astronaut to go into space. At the moment, I’m hearing about the 1400 planets that have been found.  That’s only in the last twenty years – it was roughly […]

Glass: Three Month Review

It seemed like I should give people a bit of an update about Google Glass, and what the experience of being a Glass Explorer has been like for me. First, I’ve met a number of really great people through Glass.  I spent the first month basically wandering alone and not seeing anyone else wearing Glass […]

Filk Recommendation: John Anealio’s Laser Zombie Robot Love

Some things belong to deep geekdom. Filk music is one of those things.  John Anealio’s album includes songs about (among other things): An angry robot who discovers the singularity Dressing up like a storm-trooper on Halloween The challenges of being a geek dad Nanowrimo (and if I have to tell you what that is, you […]

The Power of Real-Life Drama, and Dog People

The Internet allows for true outpourings of attention and emotional resonance from time to time.  You can see this in viral videos about cats or dictators, in books or movies that seem to suddenly spring from nothing into the zeitgeist, and in real-life dramas. Two days ago, a well-known and respected dog-trainer was involved in […]

Review of my 2011 Predictions

Every year I play a predictions game.  It’s not really good futuring since the world is way too strange for prediction except by true experts in a field, and I’m a generalist.  But I still like the game.  So here’s what I said in brief form  and how I think I did in 2011… Publishing […]