Brenda Cooper

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Are eBooks driving better book design?

eBooks may be changing print books in interesting ways. eBooks give me a predictable experience.  I know how a book will look on my Nook or my iPad and I know that I’ll be able to read it comfortably there.  Think of it like Starbucks, where I know I’ll get a decent cup of coffee. […]

9/11/11: Changes in Latitudes, Attitudes…

The strangest things happen to writers.  This morning, I woke up with an essay in my head: I gave a talk to a bunch of eighteen and nineteen year-old students at the University of Washington earlier this week.  None of them were old enough to remember a pre 9/11 world.  They have never traveled without […]

Worldcon Report – Belated

I came back from the convention to be swept immediately into busy days and a visit from family. So here is a rather belated and short Worldcon report.  I’m usually by myself at Worldcon, but my long-time friend Gisele from Florida (I met her over half my life ago!) and my partner Toni joined me […]

In which I receive a precious birthday gift

This is Raffy.  Raffy started out white and un-decorated, and KT the marvelous painted it with galaxies and stars and other bright splashes of multimedia color.  I believe – given the blond hair – that Raffy is supposed to be me clothed in imagination.

Clarion West Write-a-thon

I’m one of many participating writers in the Clarion West write-a-thon.  My personal page for the write-a-thon lists my goals.  I usually sponsor writers, but don’t actually participate.  This year Nisi Shawl asked me so nicely I agreed. This is good:  external goals always push me. Here’s what I hope to accomplish:  I start out […]

Purely personal: Our garden is awesome

Our garden is really pretty this year.  We got a huge boost of a start with help from a management team (purchased in a charity auction) and have been trying to keep up.  The iris are particularly pretty this year, both dragons are surrounded by flowers, and there is a dog or two in the […]

Plain old reading: An antidote to the multi-tasking world?

I’m finding it harder to concentrate on any one task for a long period of time these days.  I’m pretty convinced that’s because so much of my time is spent multi-tasking.  Between Twitter and Facebook and the hundred-plus emails I get at work and the thirty or so I get at home every day, I […]

Relay for Life

Warning: Yes, this is a rare personal post and yes, I’m fund-raising. Cancer took my little brother Russy last year. It’s assaulting two of my friends right now; a sweet man named Pere who worked with Russy for years, and a writer friend, Jay Lake. It’s inside my partner’s sister and wreaking havoc on that […]

See what spec fic writers want to read

John deNardo runs a great sf blog called sfsignal. I got to meet him at last year’s World Fantasy, and thoroughly enjoyed chatting with him.  He does posts he calls “mind melds” where are number of us get asked to chatter on about one topic or another.  In this case, he asked what books are […]

The Frost Fairies and the Dragon

The Frost Fairies came by our house last night.  They clearly had great fun playing with the mossy-backed dragon in our front yard.