Category Archives: Random Mutterings

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Postcards from New Zealand and Fiji (April 2016)

Scott William Carter   April 30, 2016  

(A shot of Otago Bay from Larnach Castle in Dunedin, New Zealand.) Partly to celebrate our upcoming 20th anniversary in August, partly because the kids have wonderful grandparents who are happy to watch the kids for a few weeks, and partly because I’ve come to believe that these sorts of adventures are good for both the body and the soul,… Read more »

Two Reasons I Love Oregon, a Brief Update, and a Helpful Metaphor for Writers (And Other Creative Professionals) Struggling with How to Spend Their Time

Scott William Carter   March 25, 2016  

Reason #1: Reason #2: The two pictures above were taken about a week apart, both in the heart of winter here in Oregon. The first was at Cape Lookout, a two and a half mile hike that juts almost straight out into the Pacific Ocean. We took the whole family in early January and it was warm enough, even with… Read more »

1000 Email Subscribers Reached – Summer Mailing List Giveaways – Sign Up Today!

Scott William Carter   May 16, 2015  

Just last week, my mailing list crossed over 1000 subscribers. It’s a neat milestone, and a nice reminder of how many new readers I’ve picked up lately. Thank you! To show my appreciation, I’ve decided to do some giveaways for my fans. If you sign up before Sunday, June 21 (the first day of summer), you’ll be eligible for all the following… Read more »

A New Gage Book Coming Soon, Plus Some Thoughts on the Merging of My Two Careers

Scott William Carter   April 24, 2014  

Finally, a bit of book publishing news!  I’m putting the final touches on the next Garrison Gage book, The Lovely Wicked Rain.  That’s the cover on the right, though the final version might undergo a bit of tweaking. After copy editing, manuscript layout, and other publishing-related tasks, both the ebook and the trade paperback edition should be out in the… Read more »

Some Great Thoughts on Creativity

Scott William Carter   April 21, 2014 has a great post today on creativity, focused on  Jerome Bruner’s book, “On Knowing: Essays for the Left Hand,” but loaded with musings from Mark Twain, Henry Miller, Carl Jung, Alexander Graham Bell, and Leo Tolstoy, among others, with lots of follow-up links if you want to read further.  At the heart of Bruner’s analysis is this simple sentence:… Read more »

Some Reminders for Folks Who Want to Argue on the Internet

Scott William Carter   February 10, 2014  

Recently, when I inadvertently ended up reading a little dust-up between a couple of science fiction writers — boy, science fiction writers do like to argue, don’t they? — I went searching for a list of all the common logical fallacies and stumbled upon this (click to go to the site for a larger image): It’s from, which offers… Read more »