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CONVENTION ETIQUETTE FOR PROS & PANELISTS

Last week I advised that, at conventions, you behave at like a decent person with normal human levels of empathy and perfectly obvious ethical standards. Even though I know you didn’t need that advice because you’re not a cave-dwelling nitwit, … Continue reading

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STAN LEE (1922-2018)

I owe the lion’s share of my own creative education to three men, all of whom, as of yesterday, are no longer with us. In reverse chronological order, those men are Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons and role-playing … Continue reading

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WRITER’S DIGEST NOVEL WRITING CONFERENCE REPORT

Last week I promised a rundown of the conference I attended this past weekend and here it is! The conference was even better than I’d hoped it would be and I’ll reiterate my “thank you Tweets” to everyone who attended … Continue reading

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GETTING READY FOR THE WRITER’S DIGEST NOVEL CONFERENCE

It’s Tuesday, October 23, and in three days I’ll be on a plane headed south to Pasadena, California for the Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference, which is happening this weekend, October 26-28, 2018. I’ve got two sessions on the schedule … Continue reading

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BUSY BUSY BUSY

I’m really starting to hate that word, “busy.” “How you doin’?” “Busy. You?” “Totally busy.” “Well, it’s good to keep busy.” “Oh yeah, love being busy.” This is a conversation I’ve had over and over again, instigated by me as often … Continue reading

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FAREWELL, SF SIGNAL, AND YOU’RE WELCOME FOR ALL THE FISH

On May 5, 2016, barely more than two weeks ago, John DeNardo announced that the venerable SF Signal mega-blog would be shutting down for good. I was blown away—crushed, even. At the top of my browser are a bunch of … Continue reading

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NAVIGATING THE EIGHT EMOTIONS, PART 3: SADNESS

Robert Plutchik, professor emeritus at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, identified eight primary emotions: anger, fear, sadness, disgust, surprise, anticipation, trust, and joy. I’ve seen similar lists from experts as varied as Donald Maass and Tony Robbins. Some are a … Continue reading

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THANK YOU CHUCKANUTS!

I spent last weekend up in Bellingham, Washington as part of the faculty of the 5th Annual Chuckanut Writers Conference. I’ve written here about the importance and value of conferences to any writer’s continuing education in his or her craft, … Continue reading

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HOW LONG SHOULD YOUR FANTASY NOVEL BE?

Last weekend at a seminar at Emerald City Comic Con I was asked again about length, with the assumption that fantasy novels should be, or are expected to be, or somehow sell better if they are 200,000 words long or … Continue reading

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FAREWELL, LEONARD NIMOY

Because the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many, I hope you’ll indulge this old Trekkie with one more sad post to note the passing of someone who, though we never met, has meant a lot to … Continue reading

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