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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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BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS XXIII: ON WRITING HORROR

From time to time I’ll recommend—not review, mind you, but recommend, and yes, there is a difference—books that I think fantasy (and science fiction and horror and all other) authors should have on their shelves. Some may be new and … Continue reading

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THE ELECTRIC CHAIR: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 4

Hopping back into that ninety-three year old issue of Weird Tales that’s available for all of us to read online it’s time to read the next story: “The Electric Chair” by George Waight. We’ve already looked at the first sentence, so, … Continue reading

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NO ONE KNOWS ALL THE WORDS

I used to have a book called The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate. Where is that? Do I still have…? There it is, on a shelf next to my desk tucked between a copy of the U.S. Army … Continue reading

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INVADERS FROM OUTSIDE: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 3

Let’s jump back into that ninety-three year old issue of Weird Tales that’s available for all of us to read online and… actually read it! Or, at least, read the first story. I’m going to do that right now, and take … Continue reading

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WHAT’S THE WORST POSSIBLE THING YOU COULD DO TO SOMEONE?

I asked that question in one of my college courses some years ago, in front of a group of students all sitting in a room together. You wouldn’t believe—or maybe you would believe—how deeply uncomfortable that question made them, and I … Continue reading

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HONORING HONORIFICS

Let’s take this week to go after a certain copy editing bugaboo that I have found extremely common in both fantasy and science fiction. It’s another of those seemingly impenetrable rules governing the proper use of an initial cap. An … Continue reading

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