Category Archives: Writing

WHY AMAZON DOESN’T SCARE ME

Depending on whether or not you’ve put all your indie publishing eggs in the Kindle Select Program or not, you may see Amazon as the Great Liberator or the Great Satan. If you’re trying to run an independent brick-and-mortar bookstore—first … Continue reading

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THINKING IN BULLET POINTS

How do you take notes? I know there are classes you can take that are essentially “how to take classes”—how to write notes, how to highlight a textbook . . . I never took one of those classes, which may partially account … Continue reading

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WHAT MAKES A MONSTER SCARY?

The clock is ticking on the imminent release of Writing Monsters, so how about a full chapter to whet your appetite? I’d like to meet the first person who ever ate a lobster. Imagine being the first to pick up … Continue reading

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THE FANTASY AUTHOR’S HANDBOOK INTERVIEW: LOGAN L. MASTERSON

Logan L. Masterson describes himself as a “poet, writer, actor, storyteller, artist, photographer, and new world man.” Logan and I share a few of those traits, along with a relationship with Pro Se Productions, a leading small press publisher focused … Continue reading

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WORLDBUILDING NEEDS YOU!

I hate to do it, but this one is primarily for Seattle-area people . . . The next eight-week session of my Worldbuilding class at Bellevue College is starting on July 1, and there are still spots open. Register now! If you do … Continue reading

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THE PALE BLUE DOT

Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, … Continue reading

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THE CARE AND FEEDING OF REDSHIRTS

By now I’m sure everyone is familiar with the concept of the “redshirt”—these were the often un-named characters, played by guest actors you’d never seen before, who beamed down to an alien planet with Captain Kirk and were never seen … Continue reading

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PRECISELY WHAT NOT TO DO

I am a Trekkie. I’m not the slightest bit embarrassed about that. Star Trek in all its many incarnations is awesome. I love it, and I have loved it as long as I can remember. Though I have never been … Continue reading

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR (YOU)

Admit it, you’ve struggled over writing your bio. I know you have. We all have. But there’s hope, believe me. A short, one-paragraph bio is something every author needs, but there’s no one right way to do it, no “must … Continue reading

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CHEKHOV’S GUN AND THE MENTAL INVENTORY

Attributed to the Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov, from somewhere around the last decade or so of the ninetieth century, “Chekhov’s Gun” has been commonly translated as: If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the … Continue reading

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