Crazy Pitches

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TheOneRing

Ever tried explaining Lord of the Rings to someone?  A non-fantasy reader? Well, there’s this ring and it’s, magic.  And it’s also evil so people want to destroy it, but it’s, like, power-evil, not spell-evil.  Also, it’s basically indestructible so they have to go to this, um, fire in a mountain to destroy it.  Anyway,… Read more »

Post NaNo Project #1: His Name [clip 2]

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PostNaNo2

The dart was small, the point no bigger than a bee stinger.  He wouldn’t even notice it when he woke up. He’s beautiful. Johann stared at the hominid–naked except for the patchy, coarse hair covering most of it’s body.  The wrinkled face, also harry, relaxed now in sleep.  The fearful, animal grimace was gone.  Johan… Read more »

The Future For Writers

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This is a Sunflower.  A cheerful flower, indicative of placation, non-angst, or general cheeriness.

Novels are special, so the novelists say. Novels are special because they are the skyscrapers of the literary world: pages piled high with wide, sweeping horizons, long histories, complex machines of character and society.  A novels is big, no matter the page count.  The builder must find not only a way to survive the construction of this skyscraper, but… Read more »

I Love Anonymity (or “The WordPress.com Comments Shitstorm”)

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Shall Not Pass

WordPress.com is on the war path.  The warpath against trolls, that is.   Yay for fighting trolls, right? Not really. Anyone who’s tried to comment here in the last two days or so has probably received a message along the lines of “sign in and submit to a strip search, you fucking terrorist.”  See, WordPress.com, like… Read more »

Question: Do I like bad writing? Answer: No

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This is a Sunflower.  A cheerful flower, indicative of placation, non-angst, or general cheeriness.

Today I bought a book*.  Yup, bought.  Without reading it first, without reading the handful of reviews it had, without so much as knowing the author’s name. I bought if off a quick read of the first couple pages.  Without even finishing the first chapter, I handed over a whole 4 dollars for it. Just little… Read more »

TUEBL Book Club! Any Takers?

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MakersLittle

Yup, as of March 1st, The Ultimate E-Book Library (that’s T.U.E.B.L if you haven’t figured it out by now!) comes with it’s very own book club. Fittingly, the club is starting with Cory Doctorow’s Makers for it’s first month.  By fittingly, I mean the Cory Doctorow book is fitting, not March is fitting (though I guess the… Read more »

Can’t talk. Reading other people’s emails.

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GIFILES2

Hey, all. Just a quick update.  I know blogging’s been slipping through the cracks for me lately.  I’m still hard at work on Skyland.  Plus I accidentally started another book last night while pacing around my apartment–don’t ideas always come to you when you’re about bored enough to jump out a window?  Must be some… Read more »

Writing a Novel, Because I Want to Write a Novel

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Skyland

Things are going well. Writing-wise.  Really well. December and January saw me plodding through my NaNoWriMo novel, fighting to stay focused on this one project and to write in a straight line, one word after the next after the next after the next. But things are coming together. I’ve hit that wonderful home stretch, the… Read more »