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HI, TALL GIRL, MY NAME IS EYE PATCH, PLEASED TO MEET YOU

Bear with me this week while I vent my frustrations with the vile horror of descriptive placeholder semi-nicknames to differentiate thugs and other tertiary characters who don’t seem worthy of a name, but Eye Patch or Tall Girl may as … Continue reading

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I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT

A lot of people, I might even go so far as to say most people—including me—lead pretty boring lives, all things being equal. We have certain routines with kids and spouses and work and bills, and other things that add … Continue reading

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SCHRÖDINGER’S IDEA

Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger’s 1935 thought experiment meant to describe the quantum physics concept of superpositioning posits that if you put a cat in a box with some poison and close the lid, the cat has both eaten the poison … Continue reading

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A FANTASY WORD LIST

One thing I do, and have done, with every edit (at least of a fantasy or science fiction novel or story) since starting at TSR in 1995 is create a word list/style guide. I’ll share my basic template here and … Continue reading

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FOR THE LOVE OF PRETEND MAPS

Or, more accurately, for the love of maps of pretend places. Maps have been appearing in fantasy literature going back—how long? I’m not even sure. At least to Tolkien, yes? Homer? Maybe—some editions, at least. There are ancient maps of … Continue reading

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A COUPLE DIFFERENT KINDS OF EVIL

When I talk about monsters in Writing Monsters and elsewhere I tend to start by first explaining that when I say “monster” I mean some kind of non-human creature, some kind of unknown animal or other force, usually not terribly … Continue reading

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ANTICIPATORY ANXIETY AND THE LONG PARAGRAPH

Even if they aren’t reading aloud, our readers tend to breathe as if they were. That might not look or even feel exactlythe same as reading aloud, though I have seen people reading in public moving their lips, eyes bugged … Continue reading

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WRITE FROM YOUR SELF

I’m writing this from the continuing COVID-19 crisis, the accelerating economic fallout, and the inevitable political firestorms that rage in and around those things and all the endemic problems those things shine a brighter and brighter light on. This is … Continue reading

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LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING YOU ALREADY KNOW

Two tweets stuck out to me yesterday. One was from an indie author bemoaning her poor sales. Ads she’d paid for didn’t result in any sales. And she said she was going to give up on her book and assumed … Continue reading

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FIVE THINGS EVERY ASPIRING AUTHOR SHOULD KNOW

This article was originally guest-posted on the now defunct blog Grasping for the Wind in November of 2010. As I promised last week, I’ll resurrect a few of those dozen or so posts, starting with these five nuggets for those … Continue reading

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