Tag Archive: Writing

Oct 28

Portrayal Does Not Equal Endorsement

This is a topic that’s been on my mind ever since I first began writing, really, and certainly ever since I was first published. With books out in the wild you get all sorts of people reading your work, and those people come from all walks of life, backgrounds, etc. Every reader brings their own …

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Jun 04

Readers (and book bloggers) are just the best

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So, Alice in No-Man’s-Land has been out for a week or two now.  It hasn’t jumped to the top of the NYT Bestseller list of course, but it’s getting a very good response so far.  More or less everything has gone about as I expected so far – the ‘having to coordinate everything yourself’ part, …

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Apr 02

Girl Power

tapping out in 3...2...

I never set out to make most of my protagonists female, it just kind of turned out that way.  When you look at the Revivors series, you could say the ‘main’ protagonist (Nico Wachalowski) and the ‘main’ antagonist (Samuel Fawkes) are both male but the story is told from four viewpoints and Nico shares the …

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Mar 27

That Voice I Hear

psst...everyone smelled that

There are many voices I hear in my head when I’m writing – the voices of my characters, and my own inner voice that’s kind of driving the project, but there’s one little dark one that always lingers, and whispers even when the others are gone.  The voice tells me I’m no good.  It tells …

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Mar 24

This is How I Do It

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A lot of writers talk about how they write, and today I’m going to do the same.  Note, this isn’t about style, or dialogue, or any technical aspect of writing, but rather how one goes about conceptualizing, starting, and finishing a full length novel which is a challenge unto itself even once you’ve got all …

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Jul 15

Surrounded by Internet Lilies

Packed in like these guys

Writing The Burn Zone is turning out to be an interesting learning experience for me. In the revivors series the city it took place in felt overpopulated, and while The Burn Zone takes place in a different ‘world’ I’m expanding on that trend for this book largely because I think the world will actually be …

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Jul 14

Pimping Ain’t Easy

...and yes, Tom.  Every time.

Seriously, it’s really hard.  When you work a full time job on top of writing, it’s hard to find the time and energy to pimp at peak efficiency, but if you want to ever get noticed by anyone ever, pimp you must. My most recent pimping attempt was to post sample chapters of my revivors …

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Mar 08

State of Decay Makes Compton Crook Shortlist

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I received another piece of good news yesterday – State of Decay was chosen as one of the finalists for the Compton Crook Award, which is awarded by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society for the best first novel of the year in the field of Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror.  They throw a shin dig …

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Mar 01

Perspective

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A while back I decided to sponsor a child through Childfund International.  I don’t announce that here to get a gold star or a pat on the back because I’m not being modest when I say I don’t deserve either of those things for doing it.  Since I can comfortably afford it, I feel like …

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Nov 28

Pencils Down

…and with that, the final round of edits for ELEMENT ZERO are completed.  Now I just have to sit back and hope that my editor doesn’t beat me stupid for the sheer number of changes.  Anything story-shaking we’d already gotten out of the way, but I am an obsessive tweaker, something I hope is reasonably …

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