INDEX

 

AN INDEX TO FANTASY AUTHOR’S HANDBOOK

 

First, chronologically . . .

 

June 2009

June 15, 2009 Who is Philip Athans?

I should probably update this—my autobiography.

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July 2009

July 7, 2009 I Spent My Bonus On Books

In which I encourage everyone to spend too much money on books.

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July 14, 2009 Galen Blinked His Elbow

Advice for writers that should not be ignored.

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July 21, 2009 But it Just Isn’t a Rule

It’s okay to use and or but at the beginning of a sentence. There, I said it.

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July 28, 2009 Annihilation by Any Other Name

Share my joy and horror at being translated into other languages.

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August 2009

August 4, 2009 Hi Conan, It’s Me, Phil

My love letter to the legendary barbarian.

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August 11, 2009 Save the Bullshit Excuses

If you’re gonna write, write!

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August 18, 2009 My Dog Ate It, 21st Century Style

Don’t tell me your hard drive crashed. Just don’t.

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August 25, 2009 The Foresooth File

Didst thou ever attempt to write foresoothy dialog, and know not how to begin?

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September 2009

September 1, 2009 Books for Fantasy Authors I: Medieval Wordbook

I recommend you find a copy of this excellent reference book by Madeline Pelner Cosman.

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September 8, 2009 Born at the Right Time

A love letter to my wife, and Star Trek.

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September 15, 2009 Vignette: An unpublished space opera story in two parts. . . .

The first part of an original SF story by yours truly.

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September 22, 2009 Vignette: Part Two

The conclusion of this entertaining tale of interstellar derring-do.

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September 29, 2009 Books for Fantasy Authors II: Payback

Why you must buy and read this fascinating book by Margaret Atwood.

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October 2009

October 6, 2009 Live Long and Prosper, Authors

Musings on why SF authors seem to live so long.

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October 13, 2009 Wordstock 2009

A convention report on this great Portland, Oregon book fair.

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October 20, 2009 Snippets from the First Draft

Bits of the work-in-progress that became The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction.

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October 27, 2009 King of the Capital

Some commonsense advice on when to use capital letters.

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November 2009

November 3, 2009 E-books Will Save and/or Destroy the World

My take on the e-book revolution in the wake of Macmillan vs. Amazon.

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November 11, 2009 Books for Fantasy Authors III: My Ten Favorite Fantasy Novels

A look at my desert-island books, if the desert island is the lair of a hungry dragon.

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November 18, 2009 A Prisoner of the Prisoner

My experiences experiencing the classic BBC series The Prisoner for the first time.

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November 24, 2009 What I’m Thankful For, 2009

In honor of Thanksgiving.

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December 2009

December 1, 2009 Relieved, But Nervous

Share my struggles with PFDSD (Post First Draft Stress Disorder).

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December 8, 2009 Horror Isn’t Fantasy. There, I Said It

I dissect the BookScan best sellers list and shatter some false trends.

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December 15, 2009 Dizes Dager

A very early work by Philip Athans, unearthed in the garage.

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December 22, 2009 Judging by its Cover

I reveal the cover art and design for The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction.

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December 29, 2009 Resolutions, 2010

I make some promises for the year ahead.

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January 2010

January 5, 2010 Write For Your Audience

On writing for various age groups.

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January 12, 2010 Cross & Mix Genres

Fantasy-romance, fantasy-horror, fantasy-?

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January 19, 2010 Books for Fantasy Authors IV: World Builder’s Handbook

In which I recommend an obscure, long-lost role-playing game product to any and every author of science fiction.

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January 26, 2010 Excuse Me, Number One, I Have to Go Number Two

Not just about why you don’t need to show your characters going to the bathroom, but yeah, that’s part of it.

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February 2010

February 2, 2010 The Five Misconceptions

I try to bring a little reality to the e-book debate.

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February 9, 2010 Galley Slave

The joys and hardships of reading a galley, and how they got that name.

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February 16, 2010 Books for Fantasy Authors V: My Ten Favorite Science Fiction Novels

My desert island books, if the desert island is surrounded by the methane seas of Titan.

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February 23, 2010 Phil’s Mailbag

My reply to a letter from a young fan.

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March 2010

March 2, 2010 When You Die, Can I Have This?

My first impressions of my Sony Reader.

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March 9, 2009 Publishing Business Conference & Expo: Day One

First in a series of reports on a major industry conference I attended in New York.

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March 10, 2010 Publishing Business Conference & Expo: Day Two

Still in New York, still conferencing.

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March 16, 2010 Advice for Authors from the Publishing Business Conference & Expo

Distilled insight on the present and future of publishing every author should read.

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March 23, 2010 Don’t Be a Snobby Reader (Like Me) or How Andy Gibb Made Me Want to Read a Romance Novel

Heartfelt words of advice from someone trying not to be dismissive of other genres.

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March 30, 2010 Review This

“Deleted scenes” from The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction, in which I make known my opinion of critics.

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April 2010

April 6, 2010 Sakura-Con 2010: Where My Nerdy Sisters At?

Another convention report, with a nod to my daughter and the other girls who flooded this Seattle anime convention. Yes, I said girls.

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April 13, 2010 Show Me A Story

What editors mean when we tell you to SHOW don’t TELL.

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April 20, 2010 Don’t Apologize for Having Fun

Loving tie-ins, sword & sorcery, and space opera means never having to say you’re sorry.

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April 27, 2009 Books for Fantasy Authors VI: Take Joy

A must-read book by Jane Yolen for all writers of all genres.

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May 2010

May 4, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews I: Mike Resnick

My interview with the most decorated SF/fantasy author of all time, and a really great guy.

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May 11, 2010 Quotes in the Scriptorium

In which I use Paul Auster’s novel Travels in the Scriptorium as an example of when and why to break the accepted rules of grammar and usage.

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May 18, 2009 Following Up

Touching back on some previous posts, including how badly I’m failing to hold to my New Year’s resolutions.

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May 25, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews II: John Betancourt

I talk with the man behind Wildside Press about SF, fantasy, and publishing in general.

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June 2010

June 1, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews III: Paul S. Kemp

A candid chat with my friend and co-conspirator, The New York Times best-selling creator of Erevis Cale.

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June 8, 2010 Sony Reader: The (Probably) Final Word

What more can I say about my poor beleaguered e-book device?

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June 15, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Exercises I: About the Author

I challenge you to write your bio, with a little advice for good measure.

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June 22, 2010 End of Part Two

Written just a few hours after being laid off from 15 years at Wizards of the Coast.

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June 29, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews IV: Terry Brooks

Literally a living literary legend of the genre, Terry Brooks offers advice, wisdom, and humor.

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July 2010

July 6, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews V: Chantelle Shaw

My interview with romance novelist Chantelle Shaw, on the similarities and differences of the genres in question.

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July 13, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Exercises II: Cover Copy

The art and craft of cover copy, today’s homework assignment.

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July 20, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews VI: Lou Anders

Pyr editor and anthologist Lou Anders talks fantasy, SF, and everything in between.

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July 27, 2010 In Search of the First Paragraph

I break down the first paragraph of six of my favorite SF/F books.

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August 2010

August 3, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews VII: Kevin J. Anderson

My conversation with best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson on worldbuilding, tie-ins, and more.

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August 10, 2010 Chapter 1 Errata and Additional Material

A closer look at the first chapter of The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction, fixing mistakes, and resurrecting edited text.

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August 17, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Exercises III: A One-page Synopsis

Tough love on how to distill your book down to one page without cheating.

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August 24, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews VIII: Ethan Ellenberg

Literary agent Ethan Ellenberg on the state of publishing, and advice for authors.

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August 31, 2010 Disaster!

Feel my pain at losing a day’s writing to a mistake transferring a Word file from my laptop to my flash drive.

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September 2010

September 7, 2010 National Buy a Book Day

The first in what I hope will be many annual events in support of authors, publishers, booksellers, and book stores.

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September 14, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews IX: Brendan Deneen

I delve into the mind of a former movie producer, agent, and current editor on the state of the publishing business.

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September 21, 2010 Step One Errata & Additional Material

What was cut, what I got wrong, and what I should have done differently in the first of the six “steps” from The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction.

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September 28, 2010 Books for Fantasy Authors VII: Born Standing Up

Find out what SF/fantasy authors can learn from Steve Martin’s memoir.

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October 2010

October 5, 2010 Wanted: One Deadline, Any Condition

In which I bemoan my own ability to self-motivate.

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October 12, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews X: Paul Park

Wisdom from the critically-acclaimed author of A Princess of Roumania.

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October 19, 2010 Step Two Errata & Additional Material

“Deleted scenes” and clarifications from The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction.

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October 26, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Exercises IV: A Brief History of the Alpha Centauri System

Homework, with an email address for you to send it in for review.

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November 2010

November 2, 2010 7° of National Novel Writing Month

I make a firm statement of purpose: I will write a 50,000 word novel in November.

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November 9, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews XI: J.M. McDermott

I chat with one of the most original voices in fantasy . . . or any genre.

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November 16, 2010 Step Three Errata & Additional Material (Part 1)

More follow-ups to The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction.

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November 23, 2010 Step Three Errata & Additional Material (Part 2)

And still more follow-ups to The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction.

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November 30, 2010 NaNoWriMo: Fail

In which I admit defeat on that 50,000 word novel in November.

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December 2010

December 7, 2010 Wait . . . What Happened?

Advice on what not to skip over in your story.

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December 14, 2010 Books for Fantasy Authors VIII: The Eerie Silence

A brilliant review of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Paul Davies.

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December 21, 2010 Step Four Errata & Additional Material (Part One)

Expanded advice on worldbuilding.

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December 28, 2010 Resolutions, 2011

A year-end wrap up and a look to the future.

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January 2011

January 4, 2011 Books for Fantasy Authors IX: The Essentials

Some must-have books to have close at hand.

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January 11, 2011 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews XII: Jess Lebow

A successful novelist and video game creator speaks out.

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January 18, 2011 Step Four Errata & Additional Material (Part Two)

More “deleted scenes” and commentary on The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction.

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January 25, 2011 The 2+3 Team: Organizing for Category-Agnostic Creative Development

Some business advice for creative studios.

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February 2011

February 1, 2011 Successful vs. Successful

What does “success” mean to you?

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February 8, 2011 Step Five Errata & Additional Material

More on the subjects of action and romance.

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February 15, 2011 Books for Fantasy Authors X: Writing the Breakout Novel

I recommend agent Donald Maass’s exceptional book for all genres.

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February 22, 2011 In The Rough

I look at my own rough draft and why it’s okay to just let it flow.

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March 2011

March 1, 2011 Step Six Errata & Additional Material

Humor, anachronisms, and setting your own rules.

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March 8, 2011 Heard You Missed Me, Comic Books, I’m Back

I started buying comic books on a regular basis again—and I still am!

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March 15, 2011 Look Out, Wondercon, Here I Come!

I get ready for a bog convention in San Francisco.

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March 22, 2011 Part III Errata & Additional Material

A little more on the professional life.

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March 29, 2011 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews XIII: Peter D. Adkison

A chat with my former boss, Wizards of the Coast founder Peter Adkison.

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April 2011

April 5, 2011 Wondercon 2011

My con report—it went well!

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April 12, 2011 Part III Errata & Additional Material, Part Two

Tie-ins and other opportunities for genre writers.

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April 19, 2011 Practice, Practice, Practice

If you want to write well, you have to write in the first place!

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April 26, 2011 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews XIV: Jim Minz

I talk with the editor at Baen Books about military SF, urban fantasy, and so on.

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May 2011

May 3, 2011 Don’t Grow Out of It

Why do people keep saying they used to read SF/fantasy?

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May 10, 2011 I Only Thought I Was Done

Trials and tribulations on the way to a first draft.

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May 17 2011 My 100th Post

Risking a tear in the time-space continuum, I blog about blogging.

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May 24, 2011 The Publishing Business is Not Dying

Good news from the Association of American Publishers, especially for e-publishers.

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May 31, 2011 Another Memorial Day

Musings on war in fantasy and SF . . . and reality.

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June 2011

June 7, 2011 Where Are All The Tie-in Novels?

I challenge the vide game business to TIE IN!

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June 14, 2011 E3 2011: Bigger is . . . Bigger

My report on the massively massive Electronic Entertainment Expo in L.A.

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June 21, 2011 The Hardest Part: Patience

Most of being a professional writer is waiting to hear back, and that sucks.

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June 28, 2011 Legion: A Study in Inconsistency & Implausibility, Part One

I take the movie Legion to task in order to prove a point.

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July 2011

July 5, 2011 Legion: A Study on Inconsistency & Implausibility, Part Two

Why motivation is so important.

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July 12, 2011 Something About the Shuttle/Space Program

Thoughts on the end of an era, and the beginning of a new one.

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July 19, 2011 How to Sell Your Fantasy & Science Fiction to Agents and Editors

I pimp my Writers Digest University “webinar.”

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July 26, 2011 Miscellaneous Business

I needed to get some stuff cleaned up, so I did.

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August 2011

August 2, 2011 Completely Broken

Read my scary thriller on the Kindle and Smashwords.

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August 9, 2011 Self-Published E-books Are Losing Readers Due to Bad Editing

True? False? Find out what I think.

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August 16, 2011 The National Buy A Book Day Foundation Needs You!

A call for help to get this organization off the ground.

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August 23, 2011 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interview XV: Ari Marmell

I talk about fantasy, publishing, and all sorts of things with this exciting young author.

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August 30, 2011 Work in Progress: The Haunting of Dragon’s Cliff

A look behind the scenes of the writing of the first book in the Arron of the Black Forest series.

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September 2011

September 6, 2011 National Buy a Book Day is Here Again

On September 7, every year, buy a book!

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September 13, 2011 10,500 Word for the Love of the Game

More behind the scenes of he writing of The Haunting of Dragon’s Cliff.

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September 20, 2011 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interview XVI: Alan Dean Foster

I chat with one of my favorite authors, a true SF/fantasy legend.

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September 27, 2011 The Haunting of Dragon’s Cliff

Announcing the release of The Haunting of Dragon’s Cliff!

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October 2011

October 4, 2011 Beware of Typos Bearing Gifts

Mistakes are not a badge of honor.

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October 11, 2011 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interview XVII: Donald Maass

I get the skinny from one of New York’s top agents.

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October 18. 2011 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Author

Hey! I’m over here!

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October 25, 2011 In Defense of Multiple Points of View

Who’s head are we in, and why?

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November 2011

November 1, 2011 De-re-prioritizing Reading

An in-depth report in my reading OCD.

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November 8, 2011 The Art & Science of the Title

A little bit about what to cal it when you’re done.

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November 15, 2011 Books for Fantasy Authors XI: The Red Hourglass

Don’t invent a monster without it.

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November 22, 2011 What I’m Thankful For, 2011

The holiday tradition continues.

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November 29, 2011 The Fathomless Abyss

A secret project revealed!

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December 2011

December 6, 2011 Excerpts from the Fathomless Abyss

Teasers from the opening anthology.

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December 13, 2011 NASA Future Forum

I spent a day with rocket scientists.

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December 20, 2011 God Has a Sense of Humor (I Hope)

How to Start Your Own Religion . . . a Christmas miracle!

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December 27, 2011 Resolutions 2012 (The Semi-coherent Rant Edition)

Watch me unravel online.

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January 2012

January 3, 2012 Healthy Body/Healthy Mind

Don’t forget to take care of yourself.

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January 10, 2011 Take a Day Off

And don’t forget to give yourself a little time off.

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January 17, 2012 Flashes of Inspiration: Stealing From Your Own Experience

What your life can bring to your writing.

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January 24, 2012 Books for Fantasy Authors XII: Last Breath (and Stranger Than Fiction)

What does death feel like?

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January 31, 2012 Work in Progress: Devils of the Endless Deep

I did finish it . . . eventually

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February 2012

February 7, 2012 25 Years After My First Sale(s)

Have I really been doing this, professionally, for that long?

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February 14, 2012 To Swear or Not to Swear

. . . that is the question!

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February 21, 2012 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interview XVIII: Mats Minnhagen

The Fathomless Abyss cover artist speaks.

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February 28, 2012 Details, Details, Details

Pay attention!

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March 2012

March 6, 2012 What Moves Your Villain: Excuse vs. Defense

Advice from a traffic court judge.

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March 13, 2012 Depression and Writer’s Block

You are not alone.

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March 20 Do I Have to Go to College?

No, but. . . .

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March 27, 2012 Arron’s Lonely Blog

Go read the Arron of the Black Forest blog!

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April 2012

April 3, 2012 Emerald City Comicon 2012

The most fun I’ve had at a convention in ages.

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April 10, 2012 He Wouldn’t Do That

I complain about a complaint.

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April 17, 2012 Updates, Secret Projects, and Miscellany

I get some loose ends tied up.

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April 24, 2012 Prologue Books and Me

The skinny on one of my consulting clients.

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May 2012

May 1, 2012 The Ten Years War

Looking back on R.A. Salvatore’s War of the Spider Queen

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May 8, 2012 Books for Fantasy Authors XIII: Columbine

One of the scariest books I’ve ever read.

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May 16, 2012 Complete Bibliography

But this page is better!

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May 22, 2012 Devils of the Endless Writing Process

When you finally have to admit your outline is crap.

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May 29, 2012 Professor Phil

I’m teaching a continuing ed. Class!

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June 2012

June 5, 2012 A Day of Me3tings

My whirlwind trip to LA for E3.

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June 12, 2012 Ray Bradbury, 1920-2012

The passing of a true master of the art.

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June 19, 2012 Fall Into the Fathomless Abyss

Devils of the Endless Deep is finally for sale!

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June 26, 2012 Basic Training

A few things every writer should know.

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July 2012

July 3, 2012 Getting Started

How to START writing!

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July 10, 2012 Help Me, J.T. McIntosh, Wherever You Are

Okay, I found them, stand down from APB!

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July 17, On Vacation

I went to Vegas. The rest stays there.

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July 24, 2012 Living Dialog

Advice for writing dialog that speaks.

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July 31, 2012 Formula vs. Recipe

What is “formulaic” writing, really? And when is it a good thing?

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August 2012

August 7, 2012 An Evil Genius, Bent on World Domination … But Why?

The three Ms for great villains: Motivation, Motivation, and Motivation.

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August 14, 2012 Nirvana Gates and My Tendency to Avoid Groups

Thinking about what groups your characters belong to … if any.

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August 21, 2012 Everything, All at Once

Prioritizing projects and deadlines.

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August 28, 2012 Taking My Own Advice

Do what I say and I will, too.

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September 2012

September 4 Buy a Book on Friday

Coming up on another National Buy a Book Day.

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September 11, 2012 Another Buy a Book Day in the Books

Find out what I bought on National Buy a Book Day.

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September 18, 2012 Taking My Own Advice, Step I

Trying to avoid spoilers. Not having much success.

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September 25, 2012 At Play in the Fields of Fantasy

Have fun with fantasy, but don’t make fun of fantasy.

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October 2012

October 2, 2012 Books for Fantasy Authors XIV: The Prince

I take a look at the seminal text by Machiavelli.

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October 9, 2012 I’d Like to Thank My Parents, Ed Greenwood and Ayn Rand

What I was thinking with the Watercourse Trilogy.

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October 16, 2012 The Name Game

How to name your characters.

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October 23, 2012 “Now Go Home and Write!”

My trip to LA for the Writers Digest Conference West.

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October 30, 2012 Ask, and You Shall Receive

I unveil ASK PHIL.

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November 2012

November 6, 2012 Funny You Should Say That

Humor in SF and fantasy.

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November 13, 2012 Character vs. Gimmick: A Tale of Two Short Stories

Learn from my mistakes and write better short stories!

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November 20, 2012 What I’m Thankful For, 2012

We pause to say thanks.

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November 27, 2012 How Not to Open a Short Story

More practical advice for short story writers.

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December 2012

December 4, 2012 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interview XIX: Erin M. Evans

I chat with the author of Brimstone Angels.

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December 11, 2012 Buy My E-books, Please

I come out hat in hand for Arron of the Black Forest and The Fathomless Abyss.

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December 18, 2012 Happy Feast of the Moon

Add holidays to your fantasy worlds.

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December 25, 2012 Merry Christmas

The Big Day fell on a Tuesday this year.

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January 2013

January 1, 2013 Resolutions, 2013

Happy New Year?

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January 8, 2013 Every Writer Must Have Intellectual Curiosity

Are you constantly learning about everything? You should be!

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January 15, 2013 Sit Your Ass Down and Do It!

You know, at some point, you’re going to have to actually write.

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January 22, 2013 What Are Your Writing Goals for 2013?

I think it helps to have something to shoot for.

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January 29, 2013 No One Cares About Your Great Idea

Much more on the concept of actually, y’know, writing the thing.

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February 2013

February 5, 2013 If I Were (a Bit More of) a Grammar Geek

In which I bemoan the lack of a shared style guide for fiction writers.

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February 12, 2013 What Not to Say

Some practical advice on the subject of dialog.

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February 19, 2013 Writing Wrongs

Why we should occasionally contribute a short story.

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February 26, 2013 Predator/Prey: Why Monsters Are Scary

This was eventually expanded into a whole chapter in Writing Monsters.

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March 2013

March 5, 2013 The One-sitting Short Story

Seventeen months later, you get a chance to read this story!

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March 12, 2013 The Joys of Teaching

Get out there into the world and share your wisdom.

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March 19, 2013 Sick & Busy

Can you take a “sick day” when you don’t, technically, have a “job”?

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March 26, 2013 On Authorship

Another vain attempt to secure respect for writers.

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April 2013

April 2, 2013 Manuscript Format

Even in the digital age, this still matters!

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April 9, 2013 Things Are Going to Start Happening to Me Now

A splash of cold social media water.

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April 16, 2013 My Bicentennial (After a Fashion)

Celebrates 200 posts!

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April 23, 2013 What You Need and What You Should Have

Basic tools of the writing trade.

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April 30, 2013 Tools of the Trade: Traveller5

Use role-playing games as inspiration and worldbuilding tools.

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May 2013

May 7, 2013 Found: Sixteen-and-a-Half Deadlines, Slightly Used

I’ve been getting busier lately.

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May 14, 2013 Plausible Technobabble

How to put the fictional science in your science fiction.

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May 21, 2013 Nobody’s Fault

What about natural disasters?

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May 28, 2013 The Distance Between Here and There

Maps can help you keep your worldbuilding on track.

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June 2013

June 4, 2013 What Else Are You Working On?

A little bit on multitasking and keeping your imagination fresh.

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June 11, 2013 School’s In

What are you doing to keep learning?

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June 18, 2013 Ouch!

How a toothache can inform your fiction.

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June 25, 2013 Only Imperial Stormtroopers are This (Im)precise

Getting deeper into the concept of plausibility.

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July 2013

July 2, 2013 Write What You Know, But Then Some

Don’t let all of your protagonists be you.

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July 9, 2013 What Readers Respond to in a Hero

Personal qualities that make your characters stand out.

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July 16, 2013 First Things First

What happens after you’ve finished writing, and what comes first and what comes last.

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July 23, 2013 Getting Out There

Go to conferences and conventions!

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July 30, 2013 Typesetting Basics for POD

Do not self-publish until you read (at least) this.

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August 2013

August 6, 2013 Travelling with Traveller

I gush about one of my all-time favorite RPGs.

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August 13, 2013 Movies About Books and Writing

Some recommended viewing.

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August 20, 2013 Reading Writing About Writing

And some recommended reading.

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August 27, 2013 I Geek, You Geek

In which I fully embrace my geekiness, and pass it on.

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September 2013

September 3, 2013 September 7: National Buy a Book Day (Again!)

Go out and buy a book every September 7th!

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September 10, 2013 Bought!

What I bought on National Buy a Book Day.

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September 17, 2013 Summer’s End

Both bemoaning and celebrating the end of a busy summer.

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September 24, 2013 What Publishers Have That You Don’t

Some tough love for self-publishers, but based entirely on fact.

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October 2013

October 1, 2013 What Are You Wearing . . . And Why?

Costuming as part of worldbuilding.

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October 8, 2013 Write Down These Three Questions

Why here? Why now? Why them?

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October 15, 2013 Write-Arounds

A useful tip if research has failed you.

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October 22, 2013 One Hour and Counting

Kind of a missing week . . .

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October 29, 2013 Science Fiction Can be Fun Again

Why I think SF is struggling in publishing, but flourishing in cinema.

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November 2013

November 5, 2013 If At Forty-ninth You Don’t Succeed, Try and Try Again

If your process doesn’t keep you writing, experiment with new processes!

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November 12, 2013 Six Ways to Break Through Writer’s Block

Get yourself writing again.

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November 19, 2013 One Hundred Titles

I run through one of the previous week’s writer’s block exercises.

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November 26, 2013 What I’m Thankful For, 2013

An irregular Fantasy Author’s Handbook “tradition.”

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December 2013

December 3, 2013 Missing Day

One of the rare Tuesdays without (really) posting.

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December 10, 2013 “Some Basic Dialog Tips,” Phil Suggested

Hands-on advice for dialog—a must read!

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December 24, 2013 A Picture Inspires a Thousand Words

A fun writing exercise I hope you’ll try.

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December 31, 2013 2013 in Review

WordPress retrospective on 2013 in Fantasy Author’s Handbookland.

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December 31, 2013 Just One Resolution

Getting serious about the end of the year.

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January 2014

January 7, 2014 Keeping a Handle on Worldbuilding

You don’t have to build it all.

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January 14, 2014 I Mean, Enough Already

I mean, where did this weird verbal tick, I mean, come from?

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January 21, 2014 The Six Editors

Knowing which sort of edit your book needs and when.

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January 28, 2014 Abstract Though and Why You’re So Smart

A look at how our brains have changed over time, and what that means to fantasy fiction.

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February 2014

February 4, 2014 Exploring Storyist

I try one of them there newfangled writing software gizmos . . .

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February 11, 2014 The Single Most Important Element to Every Character

Keeping your characters active.

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February 18, 2014 Some Copy Tips

For when the time comes to sell this thing.

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February 25, 2014 Exploring Storyist 2: The Dull Thud

. . . and find it seriously wanting.

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March 2014

March 4, 2014 Informed Consent: Your Editor and You

Looking to the medical profession for some insight into the author-editor relationship.

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March 11, 2014 Dialog Exercise: Time, Place, and Genre

A fun exercise for the dialog-challenged.

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March 18, 2014 More Traveller . . . Finally!

When I was still involved in Traveller fiction.

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March 25, 2014 Some Dialog Tips: We Know Who He’s Talking To

How to prevent your characters from sounding like used car salesmen.

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April 2014

April 1, 2014 Books for Fantasy Author’s XV: Why I Write

I take a deeper look at some exceptional essays by the great George Orwell.

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April 8, 2014 Caution: Adverbs Crossing

Are they really the roots of all evil? Well, maybe not all evil.

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April 15, 2014 Writing Monsters

A first look at my book on, well, Writing Monsters, from Writer’s Digest Books.

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April 22, 2014 Pick My Brain

How to find me for a story consultation via Writer’s Digest.

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April 29, 2014 Contractions Aren’t Bad

Another way to keep your writing from sounding overly formal.

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May 2014

May 6, 2014 Chekhov’s Gun and the Mental Inventory

A case for the elimination of unnecessary detail.

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May 13, 2014 About the Author (You)

Some tips for writing your all-important author bio.

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May 20, 2014 Precisely What Not to Do

The Star Trek reboot and the perils and pitfalls of intellectual property management.

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May 27, 2014 The Care and Feeding of Red Shirts

Why you need minor characters to sometimes make the ultimate sacrifice.

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June 2014

June 3, 2014 One of Those Weeks

Did I salvage a blog post fail?

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June 10, 2014 The Pale Blue Dot

In remembrance of the late, great, Carl Sagan.

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June 17, 2014 Making a Long Story Short

I start to address the length of books.

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June 24, 2014 Worldbuilding Needs You!

For the record, I no longer teach these in-person classes.

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July 2014

July 1, 2014 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interview XX: Logan L. Masterson

A look into the career and process of a young author at the beginning of his career.

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July 8, 2014 What Makes a Monster Scary?

A full chapter from my book Writing Monsters.

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July 15, 2014 Thinking in Bullet Points

Some note-taking tips for getting the basics down before you start writing.

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July 22, 2014 Why Amazon Doesn’t Scare Me

Don’t fear the monopoly-that-isn’t.

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July 29, 2014 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interview XXI: Tommy Hancock

A conversation with the founder of Pro Se Productions and a champion of the New Pulp.

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August 2014

August 5, 2014 What Pulp Can Teach Us

Lessons from the high-output, high-octane authors of the Pulp Era.

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August 12, 2104 Are You Attending a Conference this Year?

Get out there and be with other writers, and learn to write better.

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August 19, 2014 No More Summer, Please

I whine a little about wanting to get back to work.

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August 26, 2014 Online Worldbuilding Class Still Open!

I move my worldbuilding class to the internet.

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September 2014

September 2, 2014 A Worldbuilding Example Explained at Last

I’ve always asked: What happens when a character dies and you haven’t thought about funeral rites in your world?

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September 9, 2014 Don’t Let This be the Last National Buy a Book Day!

. . . but it pretty much was.

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September 16, 2014 Are You Keeping Up?

The world is moving pretty fast. Are you getting left behind?

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September 23, 2014 Thoughts on the Difference Between Science Fiction and Fantasy

I mull over a quote from Rod Serling.

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September 30, 2014 Where Did This Dumb Idea Come From?

A little on the source of story ideas.

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October 2014

October 7, 2014 The Strange Geometry of a Well-Placed Attorney

I present a short story I wrote with all the best intentions . . .

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October 14, 2014 Phil vs. Cthulhu’s Lawyer

. . . then break down why it sucks so much.

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October 21, 2014 The Hurrier I Go, the Behinder I Get

From one of my many too-busy periods.

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October 28, 2014 Books for Fantasy Authors XVI: Scatter, Adapt, and Remember

A must-read for all SF authors, but particularly all you post-apocalypsers.

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November 2014

November 4, 2014 Immediately, Suddenly, and Abruptly Stop Using the Words Immediately, Suddenly, and Abruptly

Sensitize yourself to some lazy word choices . . . then stop choosing them.

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November 11, 2014 Catching Up With Phil (Again)

Some more or less random thoughts on what I’ve been up to.

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November 18, 2014 More on Accelerating Technology

A look at the past’s view of the future.

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November 25, 2014 Learn This Stuff Right Now or Stop Writing

Some essential basic craft stuff that everyone needs to know.

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December 2014

December 2, 2014 Pacing an Action Scene

With extensive examples courtesy of R.A. Salvatore.

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December 9, 2014 The Legal Page

What all that mysterious stuff on a book’s legal/copyright page means.

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December 16, 2014 Done!*

What I felt like having (more or less) finished a book.

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December 23, 2014 Wrapping Up 2014

My year-end thoughts.

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December 30, 2014 The Sci-Fi Paperback Grab-Bag

How I’ll start reading some of those old SF/F paperbacks I have laying around.

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January 2015

January 6, 2015 Read More . . . But Not at All Cost

There are other media out there!

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January 13, 2015 Books for Christmas

I shouldn’t be celebrating Christmas, but any excuse to get new books . . .

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January 20, 2015 Separating the Author and the Work, the Artist and the Art

If H.P. Lovecraft was a racist asshole, can we still read, love, and be influenced by his brilliant dark fantasy?

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January 27, 2015 Portland Comic Con 2015

I drove south for a few hours and saw Lou Ferrigno!

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February 2015

February 3, 2015 Bear

I say goodbye to my little pug.

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February 10, 2015 What We Can Learn from a Random Science Fiction Novel (Part 1)

A deep dive into Arthur C. Clarke’s The City and the Stars.

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February 17, 2015 What We Can Learn from a Random Science Fiction Novel (Part 2)

More wisdom from the Arthur C. Clarke novel The City and the Stars.

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February 24, 2015 What We Can Learn from a Random Science Fiction Novel (Part 3)

The rest of my thoughts on The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke.

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March 2015

March 3, 2015 Farewell, Leonard Nimoy

A short obituary for one of science fiction’s great luminaries.

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March 10, 2015 (Un)happy Organize Your Home Office Day

I bemoan the sorry state of my sanctum sanctorum.

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March 17, 2015 An Evil Empire, Bent on World Domination (But Why?)

A good villain needs solid motivation—and so does the evil empire he, she, or it represents!

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March 24, 2015 Active Search: He Could See

Tips for more active writing.

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March 31, 2015 How Long Should Your Fantasy Novel Be?

I (at least partially) explode the myth of the 200,000-word fantasy epic.

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April 2015

April 7, 2015 Once More With Feeling: A Stand-alone With Series Potential

What every query letter should say . . . and mean it!

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April 14, 2015 You Have the Right to Remain Silent

All I have to say about puppies, sad or otherwise.

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April 21, 2015 Two Old Poems

Okay, kinda phoned this one in.

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April 28, 2015 Don’t Write Accents Phonetically

Learn from Ian Flemming’s horrifying mistakes!

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May 2015

May 5, 2015 Writing Accents

Last week: what not to do. This week: What to do!

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May 12, 2015 Books for Fantasy Authors XVII: Zen in the Art of Writing

Of course we can all learn from the great Ray Bradbury.

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May 19, 2015 Write in Ecstasy, Edit with Intent

The power of the rough draft revealed!

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May 26, 2015 Outlining with Note Cards, Part 1: A Work in Progress for my Work in Progress

I try the whole note card thing.

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June 2015

June 2, 2015 Outlining with Note Cards, Part 2: Seeking Wisdom

Linking to some other smart authors with something to say on the subject.

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June 9, 2015 Writing Without Typing

Thinking about thinking about your story.

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June 16, 2015 Pulp Fiction Workshop

Take my four-week course in writing in the style of the great pulp tradition.

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June 23, 2015 In the Future, Everything Will Always Work

Some worldbuilding thoughts on the reliability of technology.

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June 30, 2015 Thank You Chuckanuts!

My experience at a great local writer’s conference.

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July 2015

July 7, 2015 “Exactly” How Long a Chapter Should Be

I have a little fun with the idea of how long a chapter should be . . .

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July 14, 2015 “Exactly” How Long a Chapter Should Be, Part 2

. . . then start to take the subject more seriously, with actual advice.

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July 21, 2015 De-bullet Point Your Dialog

Good advice for anyone struggling with writing dialog.

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July 28, 2016 Following Up

Some general bookkeeping and reconnecting with busy, busy, business.

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August 2015

August 4, 2015 My Bad Short Bad Book

Giving yourself permission to just write the damned thing!

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August 11, 2015 Beginning, Middle, and End

A look at the classic three act structure.

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August 18, 2015 Time to Exercise

I start actually trying some of the writing exercises I’ve suggested in the past.

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August 25, 2015 Exercise One Complete

I write to an illustration, in longhand.

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September 2015

September 1, 2015 Books for Fantasy Authors XVIII: Still Writing

Dani Shapiro has some thoughts on writing that you need to hear.

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September 8, 2015 Exercise Two . . . Attempted

Another of those writing exercises, but this one, not so easy.

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September 15, 2015 Don’t Be Hatin’ on Prologues

I shoot back against some weird anti-prologue movement.

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September 22, 2015 Outlining with Note Cards 3: The “Plotting Under Pressure” Method

I try out Holly Lisle’s note card outlining approach.

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September 29, 2015 Why You Have No Choice About MS Word

If you’re going to be a pro, you need pro tools.

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October 2015

October 6, 2015 Outlining With Note Cards 4: The Outline Itself

The results (for me) of all this note card research.

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October 13, 2015 Bella Lucky and the Log Line of NaNoWriMo

Following on the note card outline for my would-be space opera novel, the log line.

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October 20, 2015 Asking Questions of My Outline

Am I actually ready to write this thing?

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October 27, 2015 Starting With Characters

Building on that space opera outline, I dig deeper into my characters.

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November 2015

November 3, 2015 Just Enough Outline to Get Started

I think I’m ready to write this note card-outlined space opera novel for NaNoWriMo.

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November 10, 2015 Crash!

My hard drive went the way of all flesh, and oh boy did that suck.

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November 17, 2015 My Mean Streets

A personal note from me . . . where I’m coming from.

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November 24, 2015 NaNoWriMo: Fail (Again)

Okay, I didn’t actually write it. Yet.

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December 2015

December 1, 2015 Let’s Get Organized

My schedule, in ruin.

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December 8, 2015 Talk About the Weather

Some worldbuilding thoughts on the subject of weather.

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December 15, 2015 This is Not a Review of Syfy’s Childhood’s End

My thoughts on this interesting mini-series based on a science fiction classic.

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December 22, 2015 A Little End-of-Year Clean Up

Getting to be that time for reflection and self-appraisal . . . for what it’s worth.

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December 29, 2015 Random Behavior Modification Prompts for Writers

Fun ways to spark your energy and imagination.

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January 2016

January 5, 2016 Navigating the Eight Emotions, Part 1: Anger

A deep dive into the eight primary emotions.

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January 12, 2016 I Need to Read Newer Books

Am I getting too “classic” in my reading habits? I think so.

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January 19, 2016 Navigating the Eight Emotions, Part 2: Fear

A deep dive into the eight primary emotions.

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January 26, 2016 It’s Never Too Soon

On the advent of 9/11 sci-fi.

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February 2016

February 2, 2016 Navigating the Eight Emotions, Part 3: Sadness

A deep dive into the eight primary emotions.

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February 9, 2016 Books for Fantasy Authors XIX: Poetics

Going all the way back to Aristotle for the basics of story structure.

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February 16, 2016 Navigating the Eight Emotions, Part 4: Disgust

A deep dive into the eight primary emotions.

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February 23, 2016 Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot is an Eternal Wellspring of Pure Joy

What more needs be said?

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March 2016

March 1, 2016 Navigating the Eight Emotions, Part 5: Surprise

A deep dive into the eight primary emotions.

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March 8, 2016 Toward a More Balanced Use of Toward

Use the word toward carefully—it’s scarier than you think!

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March 15, 2016 Navigating the Eight Emotions, Part 6: Anticipation

A deep dive into the eight primary emotions.

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March 22, 2016 Punch, Push, Explain

How to start your story off with a bang.

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March 29, 2016 Navigating the Eight Emotions, Part 7: Trust

A deep dive into the eight primary emotions.

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April 2016

April 5, 2016 Tragic Writing Injuries

Sit up straight!

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April 12, 2016 Navigating the Eight Emotions, Part 8: Joy

A deep dive into the eight primary emotions.

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April 19, 2016 I Had Encountered Past Perfect Tense Far Too Many Times Before Writing This Post

Beware the word had, for it hides many dangers!

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April 26, 2016 When Was the Last Time You Bought a Book?

Do you expect people to buy your book, but don’t buy anyone else’s?

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May 2016

May 3, 2016 What We Can Learn From a Random Science Fiction Novel (Part 4)

Lessons from a century-old science fiction classic.

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May 10, 2016 Lest We Forget the Art

It isn’t all about punching, pushing, and trimming out unnecessary words—there’s an art to it as well.

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May 17, 2016 Farewell, SF Signal, and You’re Welcome for All the Fish

Venerable science fiction web site SF Signal shuts down . . . oh no!

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May 24, 2016 Show Your Villain Being Villainous, or In Defence of Ramsay Bolton (Sort of)

Why your readers need to see your villains doing bad things.

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May 31, 2016 Body Parts Don’t Do Stuff, People Do

Bronwyn’s fist punched Galen in the eye . . . or did it?

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June 2016

June 7, 2016 Lessons from the Chicago Manual of Style: Ranks & Titles

Why create a “rule” when a rule already exists for you?

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June 14, 2016 Art vs. Craft

Thoughts on an often fine distinction.

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June 21, 2016 An Evil Empire, Bent on Self-Destruction (But Why?)

Are we living in an evil empire? Would we know it if we were?

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June 28, 2016 Lessons from the Chicago Manual of Style: Italics

Some practical craft advice.

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July 2016

July 5, 2016 My 3.85 Hour Work Day

How productive is productive enough?

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July 12, 2016 Surprise vs. Suspense vs. Writing Monsters

Advice from Alfred Hitchcock himself.

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July 19, 2016 Screw It, I’m Taking a Day Off

Pretty much what it sounds like—but what if your characters do the same thing?

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July 26, 2016 Books for Fantasy Authors XX: Heinlein’s Rules: Five Simple Business Rules for Writing

Not quite a full-throated recommendation, but a book well worth a look.

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August 2016

August 2, 2016 All the Story Structure You’ll Ever Need

The villain starts the story, the hero ends it.

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August 9, 2016 The Difference (If Any) Between an Author and a Writer

Is there one . . . ?

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August 16, 2016 Progress is Possible

Following up on some productivity and mental health exercises.

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August 23, 2016 The Ghostwriter’s Lament

Thoughts on the ethics behind ghostwriters and ghostwriting.

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August 30, 2016 A Break for Some Science News

On the discovery of Earth 2 and contact with aliens. Maybe.

 

BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS

September 1, 2009 Books for Fantasy Authors I: Medieval Wordbook

I recommend you find a copy of this excellent reference book by Madeline Pelner Cosman.

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September 29, 2009 Books for Fantasy Authors II: Payback

Why you must buy and read this fascinating book by Margaret Atwood.

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November 11, 2009 Books for Fantasy Authors III: My Ten Favorite Fantasy Novels

A look at my desert-island books, if the desert island is the lair of a hungry dragon.

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January 19, 2010 Books for Fantasy Authors IV: World Builder’s Handbook

In which I recommend an obscure, long-lost role-playing game product to any and every author of science fiction.

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February 16, 2010 Books for Fantasy Authors V: My Ten Favorite Science Fiction Novels

My desert island books, if the desert island is surrounded by the methane seas of Titan.

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April 27, 2009 Books for Fantasy Authors VI: Take Joy

A must-read book by Jane Yolen for all writers of all genres.

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September 28, 2010 Books for Fantasy Authors VII: Born Standing Up

Find out what SF/fantasy authors can learn from Steve Martin’s memoir.

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December 14, 2010 Books for Fantasy Authors VIII: The Eerie Silence

A brilliant review of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Paul Davies.

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January 4, 2011 Books for Fantasy Authors IX: The Essentials

Some must-have books to have close at hand.

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February 15, 2011 Books for Fantasy Authors X: Writing the Breakout Novel

I recommend agent Donald Maass’s exceptional book for all genres.

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November 15, 2011 Books for Fantasy Authors XI: The Red Hourglass

Don’t invent a monster without it.

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January 24, 2012 Books for Fantasy Authors XII: Last Breath (and Stranger Than Fiction)

What does death feel like?

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May 8, 2012 Books for Fantasy Authors XIII: Columbine

One of the scariest books I’ve ever read.

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October 2, 2012 Books for Fantasy Authors XIV: The Prince

I take a look at the seminal text by Machiavelli.

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April 1, 2014 Books for Fantasy Author’s XV: Why I Write

I take a deeper look at some exceptional essays by the great George Orwell.

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October 28, 2014 Books for Fantasy Authors XVI: Scatter, Adapt, and Remember

A must-read for all SF authors, but particularly all you post-apocalypsers.

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May 12, 2015 Books for Fantasy Authors XVII: Zen in the Art of Writing

Of course we can all learn from the great Ray Bradbury.

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September 1, 2015 Books for Fantasy Authors XVIII: Still Writing

Dani Shapiro has some thoughts on writing that you need to hear.

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February 9, 2016 Books for Fantasy Authors XIX: Poetics

Going all the way back to Aristotle for the basics of story structure.

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July 26, 2016 Books for Fantasy Authors XX: Heinlein’s Rules: Five Simple Business Rules for Writing

Not quite a full-throated recommendation, but a book well worth a look.

 

 

The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews

May 4, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews I: Mike Resnick

My interview with the most decorated SF/fantasy author of all time, and a really great guy.

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May 25, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews II: John Betancourt

I talk with the man behind Wildside Press about SF, fantasy, and publishing in general.

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June 2010

June 1, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews III: Paul S. Kemp

A candid chat with my friend and co-conspirator, The New York Times best-selling creator of Erevis Cale.

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June 29, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews IV: Terry Brooks

Literally a living literary legend of the genre, Terry Brooks offers advice, wisdom, and humor.

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July 2010

July 6, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews V: Chantelle Shaw

My interview with romance novelist Chantelle Shaw, on the similarities and differences of the genres in question.

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July 20, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews VI: Lou Anders

Pyr editor and anthologist Lou Anders talks fantasy, SF, and everything in between.

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August 3, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews VII: Kevin J. Anderson

My conversation with best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson on worldbuilding, tie-ins, and more.

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August 24, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews VIII: Ethan Ellenberg

Literary agent Ethan Ellenberg on the state of publishing, and advice for authors.

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September 14, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews IX: Brendan Deneen

I delve into the mind of a former movie producer, agent, and current editor on the state of the publishing business.

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October 12, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews X: Paul Park

Wisdom from the critically-acclaimed author of A Princess of Roumania.

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November 9, 2010 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews XI: J.M. McDermott

I chat with one of the most original voices in fantasy . . . or any genre.

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January 11, 2011 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews XII: Jess Lebow

A successful novelist and video game creator speaks out.

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March 29, 2011 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews XIII: Peter D. Adkison

A chat with my former boss, Wizards of the Coast founder Peter Adkison.

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April 26, 2011 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interviews XIV: Jim Minz

I talk with the editor at Baen Books about military SF, urban fantasy, and so on.

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August 23, 2011 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interview XV: Ari Marmell

I talk about fantasy, publishing, and all sorts of things with this exciting young author.

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September 20, 2011 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interview XVI: Alan Dean Foster

I chat with one of my favorite authors, a true SF/fantasy legend.

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October 11, 2011 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interview XVII: Donald Maass

I get the skinny from one of New York’s top agents.

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February 21, 2012 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interview XVIII: Mats Minnhagen

The Fathomless Abyss cover artist speaks.

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December 4, 2012 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interview XIX: Erin M. Evans

I chat with the author of Brimstone Angels.

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July 1, 2014 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interview XX: Logan L. Masterson

A look into the career and process of a young author at the beginning of his career.

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July 29, 2014 The Fantasy Author’s Handbook Interview XXI: Tommy Hancock

A conversation with the founder of Pro Se Productions and a champion of the New Pulp.

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