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WRITERS ON READING

I read what you read                              you do not read what I read which is right, I am the one with the curiosity             you read for some mysterious reason                                               I read simply because I am a writer —Frank O’Hara, “St. Paul … Continue reading

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2021: THE YEAR OF PHIL

By the power vested in me by myself, I hereby proclaim 2021 to be the Year of Phil. This replaces and in all way supersedes the previous attempt at the Year of Phil, which, due to circumstances beyond my control, … Continue reading

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BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS XXVI: STORY TRUMPS STRUCTURE

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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REVISION SEARCH PATTERNS

When someone or something is missing, authorities will set up a search pattern or search grid in an effort to systematically comb an area for that missing person or thing, clues to their whereabouts, and so on. You can and … Continue reading

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WRITING OUR WAY OUT OF 2020

I was talking with an author this morning and as has become something of a rule for all conversations now, the subject of the pandemic and “2020” in general came up. In my efforts to move on, personally, from the … Continue reading

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DESCRIBE YOUR WRITING PROCESS

Do you even have one? Have you thought about it much, if at all? First off, if you are writing—if you’re making words appear on a page, and they are pretty good words put into an interesting order… if you’re … Continue reading

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WHY WAIT TILL 2021?

I know 2020 has been challenging for, well… pretty much everyone, and I’m sure we’re all looking forward to 2021 to at least be better, less miserable, less divisive, less deadly. I have no superstitious or metaphysical component to my … Continue reading

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OKAY, LET’S JUST TAKE A WEEK AND…

Ah, another Tuesday and once more into Fantasy Author’s Handbook. Glancing back it looks like I have been a little “ranty” lately, whether it’s unloading a pallet of bile in regards to reviews or bemoaning the fact that for a … Continue reading

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EVERYONE GETS BAD REVIEWS AND NO ONE SHOULD READ THEM

I’ve said it before but here in October of dismal 2020 I feel I should say it again: Never read or write reviews of anything ever, and especially never read reviews of your own writing. Nothing is less useful to … Continue reading

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WHAT WRITING ACTUALLY IS

“Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall, however disconnected and incoherent in appearance, which each sight or incident scores upon the consciousness.” —Virginia Woolf, “Modern Fiction” We write in … Continue reading

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