Category Archives: Lucius Shepard

Guest Post: Remembering Lucius

I got a nice email today from Gullivar on this first anniversary of his dad’s death. He read the road-trip memoir and gave me his blessing to continue, so I will soon. I’d privately intended to finish it up before … Continue reading

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A Wistful Day

1. Sigh. Terry Pratchett died today. Lucius and I shared a room at Worldcon in 2002, and we and Terry Bisson ran into Sir Terry at the hotel bar. When the topic of my then-infant daughter came up, he shared … Continue reading

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A Long Trip with Lucius, Part 8

We dragged ourselves up after daybreak. Lucius’ burbling snores had disturbed my sleep. I didn’t make an issue of the snoring till much later, when it was really too late. Further into the trip, two mornings after Gullivar left us, … Continue reading

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Learn to Write from the Best

The authors you admire can be your best teachers. Lucius used to stress this to his students. Like many writers, he would try copying from memory a passage he admired, over and over, until he got it right. More than … Continue reading

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A Long Trip with Lucius, Part 7

Since I started this memoir about Lucius, I’ve moved with my family to Redmond, Oregon, and the protracted summer has just yielded to fall. Lucius, Gullivar, and I passed through this country an hour after my last installment, on the … Continue reading

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A Long Trip with Lucius, Part 6

At six a.m., full dark, Lucius killed the nagging alarm clock with several badly aimed swats. We hastily dressed, took brief turns in the bathroom for essentials but no showers, and got checked out. Gullivar drove. The last night’s fog … Continue reading

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“On the Nose” and the Value of Play

Lucius introduced me to the phrase “on the nose” in criticizing a passage I wrote: “In this bit where the guy’s wife is asking him questions, it’s too on-the-nose. People don’t usually talk like this, pursuing a straight-line goal. They … Continue reading

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