A Padawan’s Journal #41: Look-ups—When You Know It’s Real (New!)

When does a book become real to the writer? I could give all sorts of whacky or insightful or cosmic answers to that having to do with a writer’s precognition of her character’s essence or the fleshing out of said … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal #40: The Last Period

What happens when you put that last period on a novel? It’s done, right? Finis. THE END. Wrong. There’s still a lot to do. After I put the last period on the very, very first draft of Shadow Games (a … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal #38: Terra Incognita

Well, I finally did it. I stumped the experts. Michael and I determined to set Shadow Games in a variety of locales but, as things transpired, a little-used location will be the scene of the penultimate confrontation and an epic … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal #37: Real Men Don’t Use Maps…

I’m booking a tour for our holostar, see, and I’m deeply involved in looking at the layers and layers of solar systems, worlds and space lanes in the GFFA. Alderaan is a central and civilized Core world, so is Corellia, … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #36: Star Wars Zoology—To Say Nothing of the Dog

The teaser for this week’s blog asked: What if your hero needs a dog? For a writer of Star Wars novels, this is a legitimate concern: I might find myself writing something about Dash Rendar having a dog as a … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #35: Forceful Women

It all started with Princess Leia, of course—the long line of heroic women from the Galaxy Far, Far Away. When we first meet Leia, she is a grainy holographic image that is somehow clear enough in its basic outlines (ahem) … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #34: When the Muse Strikes

I’m the thrall of a number of Muses. I write fiction, non-fiction and music, and occasionally do pencil sketches of characters I write about. The two Muses that get along the best are the writing and music girls. I wrote … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #33: When Characters Fall in Love

Dashing, isn’t he? A scoundrel. Nice men. And, in the end, (sigh) Han Solo and Princess Leia fall in love and marry and have children who get in all sorts of trouble in successive Star Wars novels. There was a … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #32: The Casting Call

I mentioned in my last blog that I had just created a new character that very day during my writing. I often get asked, “How do you know when it’s time to create a new character and not just reuse … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #31: What Goes On in a Writer’s Head

Hi, Star Wars fans, here’s what was pondering as I worked my way into the terra incognita that is the novel now officially titled Star Wars—Shadow Games: How do I ramp up the tension, reveal any secrets in the plot, … Continue reading

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