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WHAT ARE YOUR “TROPES”?

The word “trope” actually describes a figurative or metaphorical turn of phrase that swaps in a new meaning in place of the literal meaning of a word or phrase. You can get a clearer sense of the original meaning of … Continue reading

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PROGRESS IS POSSIBLE

I don’t necessarily like to go back and revisit things, but today I thought I’d take a look back at four previous Fantasy Author’s Handbook posts and see if I’ve managed to take my own advice, correct my own shortcomings, … 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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WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU BOUGHT A BOOK?

I hope you can answer that question, and I hope it wasn’t too long ago. We’re all writers here, aren’t we? We all either depend on book royalties or hope to depend on book royalties for at least some portion … Continue reading

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JOHNNY SOKKO AND HIS FLYING ROBOT IS AN ETERNAL WELLSPRING OF PURE JOY

I’m not even sure there’s much left to say after that. Well, okay. I’ll try. Unbeknownst to me at the time, sometime in, I think, October of last year one of our local secondary cable channels started running the Comet … 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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I NEED TO READ NEWER BOOKS

Another of my year-end rituals is to count up the number of books I’ve read in the past year, look back at what I liked the most, how the number of books I read last year compare to years past, … Continue reading

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NAVIGATING THE EIGHT EMOTIONS, PART 1: ANGER

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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THIS IS NOT A REVIEW OF SYFY’S CHILDHOOD’S END

May contain spoilers, read at your own risk. And you should know by now that I don’t write reviews. I sometimes write recommendations of books or movies or use books or movies as positive or negative examples, but never reviews. … Continue reading

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PULP FICTION WORKSHOP

I’ve written more than once here at Fantasy Author’s Handbook of my love for the pulp fiction tradition, especially in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Though there have been some recent events in SF/fantasy fandom that may have temporarily … Continue reading

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