Sally Wiener Grotta Author, Photographer & Speaker

  • A Day at Adobe
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on August 17, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    What's new with Adobe Llightroom and Typekit? Sally Wiener Grotta shares some of the highlights of recent briefings at Adobe headquarters in San Jose. […]

  • Haunting Questions
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on August 13, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Why? How? Why not? I am haunted by questions. So much I don't understand. When I was a child, perhaps my questions were simpler. Now I write to try to understand. […]

  • My WorldCon Schedule
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on August 6, 2018 at 12:36 am

    Here's Sally Wiener Grotta's schedule of panels and a reading for WorldCon in San Jose, California […]

  • Being Alien: An Essay in Progress
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on July 30, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Years ago, I had a brief encounter with a previously uncontacted Amazon tribe that had just come out of the jungle. Ever since, I've been haunted about the nature of "alienness"... […]

  • Tell Me Your Story
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on July 23, 2018 at 10:14 am

    We all judge strangers by their appearance. I suppose it's an instinctive reaction that helped our hunter/gatherer ancestors survive, when new encounters could be life or death decisions. Here's how we can break through this ingrained tribalism through storytelling. […]

  • Adventures at Readercon 2018
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on July 18, 2018 at 3:46 am

    This past weekend at Readercon was filled with great conversations, superb author readings, interesting panels and the inevitable hijinx. I’m still going through pictures that folks have sent me of my readings, panels and friendly gatherings. Here are a few. […]

  • My Readercon Schedule
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on July 10, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Here's my Readercon 2018 conference schedule. I'm on two panels with some great minds on writing the redemptive arc, and on the nature of the dangerous borderlands between strangers. I will also be doing a reading from my new novelette "Beyond Our Hidden Stars". Hope to see you there! […]

  • In the Beginning…
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on July 9, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    In the beginning, there was Story. Before Story, all was amorphous, unfathomable. Mysteries too profound and daunting to ever be knowable. Yet the human mind needs shape and form. We struggle to... […]

  • The Novelist as Poet or Philosopher; Meditation Inspired by Samuel Delany’s The Atheist in the Attic
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on June 25, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    I write to understand. My characters and plots are formed in a subconscious that churns with confusion or concern about how the world functions (or fails to function). As I write the story my characters tell me, I find myself posing questions that “reflect and even explain the differences and forces that relate them all… hold them together… or tear them apart.” The journey is what matters to me. […]

  • Nothing is Linear! (On the Fallacy of Time Management)
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on June 18, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Nothing in life follows a straightforward step-by-step blueprint. At least, nothing in my life. I start each day with a clear idea of what I need to get done over the next 12-14 hours. Then... […]