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Novel Writing 104

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Novel Writing 104

It’s been a while since I reflected on this work. Sometime in July I got pulled away from the efforts on the new novel. You see, I’ve had this lovely idea for an alternate world retelling of WWI, with magic nations versus technology nations. I spent some time focusing on that, but the progress there remained woefully stuck. I’m torn between wanting to focus on a single character to build a stronger emotional connection with, and the desire of the novel to want to be from multiple viewpoints. I keep kicking around how to do both. I’ll return to it eventually. Maybe a series of novels, each focusing on another character and aspect of the war? Maybe...

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Rejection

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Rejection

There are lots of different kinds of rejection letters you can receive as an author. The most common is the very impersonal form letter. The form letter always thanks you for your submission, then quickly proceeds to inform you that your story or novel “was not right for them at this time.” Fair enough. Is there a better time in the future? Say, 4:00 PM on a Friday when you’ve gotten half hammered already and your barriers are lowered? In all honesty, I find these letters inoffensive and unobjectionable. Writing and publishing is a business, and it’s nothing more than a business letter. Water off the back and all that. Then there is the much more...

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Summer’s End

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Summer’s End

August is drawing to a rapid close. Hopefully this week won’t drag too badly, I’m looking forward to a three-day weekend (despite the forecast for rain off and on all weekend). But it seems a good time to pass along a few thoughts on random, seemingly unrelated topics. Game of Thrones – I’ve been hearing a lot of pain surrounding this seventh season. The comments seem to center on the writing not being as crisp, the characters not as true to their nature, and some other niggling complaints. Personally, I thought it was fine, though not up to par with season six and its episodes “The Door” and “Battle of the Bastards.” But,...

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Charlottesville

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

Charlottesville

I generally keep my post topics focused on writing, book reviews, or personal things. Occasionally I foray into politics, and I make no bones about the fact that I’m a liberal. But, after many days of reflection, I feel like so many there are things I need to say about the events in Charlottesville this past weekend. The roots of Charlottesville did not begin with the decision in the past few weeks and months to remove some of these confederate monuments. Nor did it begin during the 2016 Presidential campaign that culminated in the election of Trump. These roots are much deeper, much more pernicious, stretching back 150 years to the end of the Civil War. There is a...

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#PitchWars Professional

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

#PitchWars Professional

EDIT: apparently the perpetrator of the email shaming came forward, apologized profusely, and all has been forgiven. Good for them for doing the truly hard thing and admitting their mistakes, owning up to it. That bodes very well for their future as a human being. I’m going to delete the tweet which this post spawned, but I’m leaving the post as a reminder to others AND to myself that patience is important in this industry, especially when you’re first starting out.   Professional is an interesting word. Derived from Middle English, profes, which is to vow. Which, itself, is derived from the Latin, professionem, a public declaration. Literally the...

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Mooching the Pitch

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

Mooching the Pitch

Before I get too deep into this post, I’d like to give a shout out to Anthony “The Mooch” “Joffrey Baratheon” Scaramucci. The man really does define the term “douche bag” in ways that the 80’s would be proud off, from the expensive haircut, the million dollar dental work, the frat-boy asshat entitled attitude, all the way down to his greasy, black, hedge-fund-manager-ripping-off-retirees-and-the-poor greedy black soul. He sold his company for a job he didn’t get, then got a second opportunity at the job and left his wife for it, failed to show up for the birth of his child because he was too busy having dinner with...

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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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