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SF Signal’s Mind Meld: What’s your favorite big dumb object in SF? 0 (0)

Join me and other (much more esteemed) SF authors as we answer the question, “What’s Your Favorite ‘Big Dumb Object’ in SF?” over at SF Signal. The SF trope “Big Dumb Object” was coined for any mysterious, large, and often powerful object discovered near the beginning of a novel and used as plot device. Originally, […]

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Writer Tools: Scrivener for the Fiction Writer 0 (0)

“Practical Tips on Writing a Book from 23 Brilliant Authors,” by Steve Silberman, has big name authors giving advice on managing and finishing a large writing project — usually a non-fiction book or memoir. Most of these tips apply to the fiction writer also, so go read it. Finished? Did you notice how many recommendations […]

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Does YA Exhibit Enough Variety? 0 (0)

An opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal titled “Darkness Too Visible,” written by a children’s book reviewer, has many Young Adult (YA) authors riled up. The subtitle sums up much of the article: Contemporary fiction for teens is rife with explicit abuse, violence and depravity. Why is this considered a good idea? If books […]

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Does your inner writer need a palate cleanser, too? 0 (0)

Many writers suggest one shouldn’t read in the same genre one’s writing. I’ve never followed that advice, because the SF and Fantasy genre is just too big, too varied, that I don’t need to eschew the genre—it’s difficult to even compare one’s work against another’s. For instance, when I was writing the Major Ariane Kedros […]

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Thank you, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers 0 (0)

This year I’m flabbergasted (I wish I was British, so I can use “gobsmacked”) to be nominated, again, for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW) Writer of the Year. And again I don’t feel worthy, when I look at the other nominees: Robin D. Owens, author of fantasy/romance and winner of many, many awards. Really, […]

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