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The Plot Proceeded Apace…But Ran Out of Space

Warning: I don’t believe I’ve posted any spoilers for GAME OF THRONES or ORPHAN BLACK, but sometimes what constitutes a spoiler is a matter of opinion, so be warned. Pacing. It’s something I’ve been thinking about these past few weeks. … Continue reading

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Nevertheless, She Filed Her Taxes on Time

One of the things I love about the way the fantasy genre has evolved in the new millennium is how it plays with its tropes. Every genre has them, and cherishes them. Tropes are what make a genre what it … Continue reading

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A Creative Exercise: Writing as Archaeology
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Now that I have your attention (ahem) … This creativity exercise is one I often do in workshop format at conventions. It requires that you first dig up some objects. Just plain old mundane things. Go into your kitchen and … 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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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover Verse 8: Who Reads Reviews, Anyway?
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Today, verse 8: They reviewed my book in Locus magazine. They reviewed my book in Locus magazine. The way Mark Kelly synopsized it, I barely recognized it, but they reviewed my book in Locus magazine. True story. In fact, it … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover Verse 7: What’s in a Name?

Verse 7: And my name is on the cover of my book. Yes, my name is on the cover of my book. Although I hate to tell it, the publisher misspelled it, but my name is on the cover of … Continue reading

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Viable Paradise: Leveling Up

                        When I visited a wring class at a local college last December (write-up here ) I was asked about intensive writing workshops at a professional level. Many had … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover Verse 6: There’s a Blurb on the Cover
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Verse 6: There’s a blurb on the backside of the book. There’s a blurb on the backside of the book. There’s one story on the cover; inside the book’s another. There’s a blurb on the backside of the book. Blurbage … Continue reading

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My Very Dear Reader . . . writer vs. critic

It is scarcely the province of an author to refute the arguments of his censors and vindicate his own productions, but I may be allowed to make here a few observations with which I would have prefaced the first edition … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover Verse 5: The Castles of Seattle

Bimbo, Verse Five: There’s a castle on the cover of the book. There’s a castle on the cover of the book. Every knight is fit for battle, but the action’s in Seattle. There’s a castle on the cover of the … Continue reading

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