Tag Archives: Philip Athans

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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MAKING A LONG STORY SHORT

I’m often asked how long a novel should be and I always try to weasel out of answering by saying something like: “It should be as long as it needs to be.” I’m trying to avoid saying what I personally … 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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ONE OF THOSE WEEKS

Another late blog post this week, though I’ve really been thinking about it all day. I could write about this, I could write about that, I could write about the other thing . . . and though I always like to keep it … 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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