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Serendipity

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Serendipity

Not being a religious man, I do not believe in the hand of gods and goddesses who organize our lives. I do not believe in fate or destiny. I will never say that I was meant to do something, or that some higher power has guided me to where I am. However, once in a while life offers you a strange juxtaposition of events that leaves you smiling at the level of improbability needed to accomplish such a feat. But, always remember: no matter how improbable an event, there is always left a finite level of probability, no matter how small. How did Spock put it? “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”In other...

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Review – Spoonbenders

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Review – Spoonbenders

I ripped through another book due to my prolonged summer cold. By the way, I do not recommend getting a summer cold. It ruins your weekend and turns you into an escargot snot factory. I don’t often get sick, but when I do, I really go all out on it. But I digress. Over the past few days I read Spoonbenders, by Daryl Gregory. My wife recommended it, but I went into it with somewhat low expectations given my enjoyment of Bone and Thunder and this being a very different sort of novel. It far surpassed that novel, in plot, characters and overall writing. Spoonbenders tells the story of the Telemachus family, once on the verge of fame for their psychic abilities. But...

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Review: Of Bone and Thunder

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Review: Of Bone and Thunder

The wife and I are on a reading tear now. We started watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager late last fall, and we finally finished up both series this week. Yes, we’d already seen them (or rather, I’d seen all of Voyager a couple of times but not much of DS9, and she’d seen most of DS9 but not as much Voyager), but it was fun to revisit the two series. I came away with a much deeper appreciation for DS9 than I’d had before, and think it was probably the best of the late 80’s through late 90’s Star Trek series. There were plenty of stupid shows, but the over-arching theme and plot of the Dominion war through the...

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300 Word Fantasy – Open Wide

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Blog, Short Stories, writing | 0 comments

300 Word Fantasy – Open  Wide

Writing prompt from the Reddit Fantasy Writer’s forum. Based on this image:   He places the flowers on the ground to the side of the door. Blue tulips, white roses, daisies freshly picked. Her stony eyes stare at him, unblinking, unforgiving. “I miss you,” he says, not daring to look at her. He straightens, shifting the heavy bag that weighs him down, the strap digging into his collar. The books inside are heavy, old. The price he pays. The burden he carries. The door opens silently. She opens it for him. She who once brightened his chambers with her fair presence, her lips like honey against his. She who smiled, and in smiling dimmed the beauty of all...

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Novel Writing 103 –

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Novel Writing 103 –

Now that I’ve chatted with a few of the Viable Paradise students and alumni, I’ve begun settling into the fact that I’m going in October. It’s an eclectic group of folks of all ages, from young enough to still be living with parents, to retirees. I fall on the older side of the spectrum, without being the oldest, so hey… at least I got that going for me. What I need to do now is check out some of their websites, read some of their works, get to know them a little better. I also need to read some of the novels of the instructors whom I haven’t read before. I know I’ve read plenty of Elizabeth Bear, but most of the rest I know...

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Paradise Found

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Blog, writing | 2 comments

Paradise Found

There are many great things about being a writer. Inventing whole new worlds out of my imagination. Doing something that brings me massive amounts of pleasure. Learning how to hone and perfect my skills. Sharing thoughts with other writers. Going to writers conferences and events. And having the opportunity to go to writer’s retreats and work with published authors to perfect my craft. In support of that last one, there are several major events I’ve wanted to attend for the last couple of years. Clarion and Clarion West are the two biggest writer’s retreats for speculative fiction authors out there. Numerous great writers have come out of those events,...

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Trimming the Fat

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Trimming the Fat

I should really exercise and eat better. That’s a given. And someday soon I’m sure I will, hopefully before my arteries congeal and the sort of stupidity inducing aneurysm that seems to be inflicting our current resident of the White House happens to me. (I mean seriously, this man is mentally messed up, what’s WRONG with this fellow? But I digress…) After attending my first writer’s conference and pitching to agents, it’s an event I’d highly recommend if you can afford it. I came away with three requests for more pages, though none wanted the ultimate “full manuscript” that I’d hoped for. I’ll run down...

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Poetry – Don’t F*** With Fairy

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Blog, Short Stories, writing | 1 comment

Poetry – Don’t F*** With Fairy

A poem inspired by my wife’s first short story that she’s still working on… and no, this is nothing like her story, I say inspired BY, not an accurate reflection OF, you silly wankers… Warning: the following poem contains extremely harsh language. Well, not harsh by my standards, but hey, I’m not the soul arbiter of good manners, so your mileage may vary.         Don’t Fuck With Fairy I saw a pretty fairy boy, his wings were bright and hairy. I tried to show my mother but she said, “Don’t fuck with fairy.”   I went down to the river bank where pixies like to tarry. My father come up behind...

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GatewayCon

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

GatewayCon

1600 miles in 4 days. 3 pitches in one morning. Lots of panels, authors, networking opportunities, and endless talk about writing. All of those are part of my GatewayCon experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better first writer’s conference to attend, it was wonderful. So here are my overall thoughts about the experience –   Pitching: folks, please… prep for this. Practice ahead of time. I wrote a query blurb that I honed and had critiqued and felt was solid. So I used that as my basis for the verbal pitch, practiced reciting it, tweaking it, until I could do it cold in two minutes flat. That would leave three minutes to ask questions and...

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Novel Writing 102 – The Firth of Forth

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Novel Writing 102 – The Firth of Forth

I have been very remiss in my blogging. That’s primarily because: A) I’ve had precious little I felt worth sharing; B) I’ve been spending considerable amounts of my free time working on the new novel; and C) I’ve gone through a rather difficult period of self-doubt and disappointment. Dealing with C first: all writers go through this. All writers hit a point, and multiple times, where they say “why the hell am I doing all this?” It goes with the territory. Especially when you remain unpublished. The longer you go without an agent and/or a publishing deal, the more often you’ll cycle through these types of moments. There’s...

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