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TWO OLD POEMS

I have to admit I’m just really behind the deadline eight-ball again, but still, I also wanted to cleanse myself and the blog of last week’s rant, so . . . It’s hard for me to even believe that at … Continue reading

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YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT

Let’s start with two simple, indisputable facts: You have the right to your own opinion, and You have the right to remain silent. I awoke this morning at 3:45 am feeling out of sorts. It wasn’t just the mysterious pain … Continue reading

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ONCE MORE WITH FEELING: A STAND-ALONE WITH SERIES POTENTIAL

For a long time now I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that every query letter you send out should have the title of the book you’re trying to sell plus these six words emblazoned across it:   . . . is a … 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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ACTIVE SEARCH: HE COULD SEE

Our old friends Strunk & White advise: Use the active voice. And though I’m not a 100% devotee of The Elements of Style, this is advice that every author needs to hear and do his or her level best to … Continue reading

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AN EVIL EMPIRE, BENT ON WORLD DOMINATION (BUT WHY?)

In August of 2012 I asked you why your villain is bent on world domination. Just as villains need motivation—we need to understand why that character is doing what he, she, or it is doing—governments don’t operate in a moral, … Continue reading

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(UN)HAPPY ORGANIZE YOUR HOME OFFICE DAY

According to Days of the Year, today is Organize Your Home Office Day. As someone who works from home, I suppose I should recognize this day, add it to my calendar, embrace it, and . . . act on it? I tend … Continue reading

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