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Ten years ago, the axis of the Earth changed its tilt. The air warmed. All the glacial and polar ice melted. Water filled the land and pushed the people further and further inland. What were once coastal mountains are now islands. What were once fertile valleys are now ocean bays. Humanity is reduced to scattered self-sufficient villages. Their numbers reduced toa tiny fraction of a small fraction of the once teeming masses. Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions: The Art of Reading to an Audience

Once you’ve gotten past your jitters, or at least bundled up your jitters and put them in a small box on a high shelf, it’s probably time to think about what you want to read. There are a number of … Continue reading

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What’s in a Word: a Writer’s Rant
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My post today comes from my personal website and is part of my THIS IS… series, which I started just to share random things that I find cool or interesting or annoying or special in some way. This is one of … Continue reading

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A Work in Progress: More Earthsea Sketches by Charles Vess

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A Work in Progress: More Earthsea Sketches by Charles Vess by Ursula K. Le Guin Continued from “The Big Book of Earthsea,” July 18, 2016. Here are a few more of Charles Vess’ preliminary sketches for the illustrations for the … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Greek Travels, Part 13: The Byzantine City of Mystras

This series started on Oct. 15 and continues every other Saturday. I’m taking a trip back in time to my 4-month backpacking rambles around Greece in the early 1980s, which planted the seed for my recent novel The Ariadne Connection. … Continue reading

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Why do characters… #4:Why do characters love?

Love is one of the guiding principles of the human condition. Things have been done in the name of love – both great things and evil things – that defy explanation, or rationalization. Love is what love is, and when … Continue reading

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The Best Part of Writing

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Many a writer I know claims that the best part of writing is rewriting – going back through the piece and making it work. Others hold out for writing the first draft. I think that is particularly true for those … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Greek Travels, Part 12: The Caverns at Pyrgos Dirou

This series started on Oct. 15 and continues every other Saturday. I’m taking a trip back in time to my 4-month backpacking rambles around Greece in the early 1980s, which planted the seed for my recent novel The Ariadne Connection. … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover: Verses 9 & 10: Awards and Remainders
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Verse 9: Nebulous Well, my book won the Nebula award. Yes, my book won the Nebula award. Still it ended in remainders, ripped and torn by perfect strangers, but my book won the Nebula award. First, let me make it … Continue reading

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Why do characters… #3: Why are bad characters (villains) so much fun?

Protagonists are all very well. You pick a central character whose story you will tell, you get into their head, you understand his or her point of view.  A protagonist like that generally has to carry the spear for the … Continue reading

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