Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

01 Oct 2002, 14:22 p.m.

You might have writer's block if you consider plagiarizing for…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

You might have writer's block if you consider plagiarizing for something to show your writer's group.

I took about three days to devour the first three books of Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small series. I'll start Lady Knight, the last, sometime after the writing group tonight. Of course, reading hundreds of pages of magic-medieval fantasy influenced all my attempts to concoct a premise for a short story. "People donate blood...and the transfusions change the patients' personalities!" "Someone comes into a bookstore looking for...a book of magic!" Wait, I don't want magical realism, just regular realism, are you out?