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    I have always tended toward a lush prose style, but I take care to modulate it from story to story and to strip it down entirely when necessary.

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  2. 9

    I do believe very much in the idea of unexpected or "convulsive" beauty - beauty in the service of liberty.

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  3. 8

    My best time to write is right after coffee and breakfast - four eggs because, full disclosure: I'm really a komodo dragon - and that's because then I'm energized but not so awake that the critical voice clicks on, the voice that sometimes says, "Don't write that," or "Man, that sentence is terrible - you should give up and go pet the cats."

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  4. 7

    Cross-pollination and "contamination" is really important to the health of fiction, and sometimes it's a literal conversation, too, in that writers who might never otherwise meet and talk do so because of our anthologies.

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  5. 6

    Film fixes a precise visual image in the viewer's head. In fiction, you just hope you're precise enough to convey the intended effect.

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    I also am not particularly risk-averse - I don't mind jumping off a cliff if I trust the people who've told me they'll catch me at the bottom.

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    There's also a lot of gritty Americana type of bands. I actually have a lot of Britpop on my iPod, too.

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  8. 3

    Nothing that lived and breathed was truly objective—even in a vacuum, even if all that possessed the brain was a self-immolating desire for the truth.

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    When you think about the complexity of our natural world - plants using quantum mechanics for photosynthesis, for example - a smartphone begins to look like a pretty dumb object.

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    I always try to be alert to the potential for repetition, for a decaying orbit with regard to my use of technique, etc.

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  11. Last Update: 26 June 2022

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