Monthly Archives: September 2013

Life Beyond Words

As I sit here thinking I have a blog to write and nothing to say, I recall Dave Trowbridge’s wonderful exegesis of canine perception. When I read it, it reminded me quite a bit of what it’s like to live … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Amy Sterling Casil

Writer Amy Sterling Casil is simultaneously the most forthright and most deceptive person you may ever read. Casil is someone who can make exquisite art and teach a room full of people to start thinking. Casil is also a former child who “dug the wires out of Barbie’s legs and popped off her head, much to my dismay when I realized that head was never going to be quite right ever again even with ample glue and child-like blow-torching.” Continue reading

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Story Inspiration Sunday

Fall has officially come to Seattle. Me — I love fall. It’s my favorite season. I love the change of colors, I love the crisp air. I’ve even come to love the rain. Today we got serious rain. Normally, the … Continue reading

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Advice to a [Young] Writer

I ran across a fragment from the diaries of Anais Nin recently, advice she wrote to a aspiring young writer. Leonard was only 17, but the words spoke to me with equal force at almost four times his age: I … Continue reading

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Movie News: The Moon and the Sun

Bill Mechanic (Coraline, The New World) will produce BVC founding member Vonda N. McIntyre’s Nebula Award-winning novel The Moon and the Sun. Filming will take place in Victoria, Australia, and in Versailles, France. Stars include Fan Bingbing and Pierce Brosnan.

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Five Dead Giveaways that your Cover is an Amateur Job

what not to do on your cover

I’m subscribed to a daily book deals email, and I’ve been noticing some trends. A lot of indie covers scream “amateur” right from the start. I can glance through the email and in less than three seconds each spot the … Continue reading

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Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me, Part 3: Learning to Be a Writer

Zen in the Art of Writing

A lot of careers have obvious training paths. Doctors go to med school, lawyers to law school, teachers need certain education courses, those who want to do certain types of high tech work often enroll in certificate programs. These programs … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday 09-25-2013

Writing Fight Scenes by Marie Brennan

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? • What … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week 2013

Once again, the American Library Association is “celebrating” Banned Books Week. Each year the organization provides a list of books that are frequently banned, schedules events, and provides useful information for stopping those who would ban books. This year’s list … Continue reading

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Healing Stories From The Heart

I know this journey well, for it was one of the lifelines that carried me back from my personal abyss, which I’ve written about before and will do so again. I have heard a dozen variations of what brought writers … Continue reading

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