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9 Things I Learned Doing NaNoWriMo

For most of November, I posted very little except for my progress on NaNoWriMo. For those of you who don’t know what that is, November is the month during which writers—especially those who aren’t full time professionals—attempt to write an entire novel. The premise is that the smallest novel is about 50,000 words, which can…

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Why The Next 10 Years of Science Fiction Will Smash The Last 10

The Golden Age of science fiction is dead. You were probably already aware of this, but if the news never reached you, allow me to offer my condolences. Depending on who you talk to, the time of death was sometime between 1950 and 1960. It was survived by its offspring, New Wave sci-fi, which included…

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NaNoWriMo and Free Books!

Today marks the beginning of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. Despite its name, it’s a world-wide phenomenon, and the premise is that writers challenge each other to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. Authors coalesce into groups to share word counts, hold each other accountable, and offer support and encouragement.…

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Salmon Have Quite the Adventure

We took our dog for a walk along a nearby creek yesterday, and we were rewarded with a view that we’ve waited for since moving to the suburbs: the annual salmon run. We were originally told that it happens in September, so we’ve been going every weekend since late August hoping to catch a glimpse.…

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An Odd Source of Inspiration

The crows are going nuts outside my window. Dozens of them, flitting in and out of one particular tree, all screaming their heads off. And I have no idea why. Normally this would bother me. After all, I was in the middle of writing the second book of the William Whitehall Adventures, and a massive…

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My Biggest Influence

I was recently asked which authors had most influenced my writing, and the question got me reminiscing about my childhood. To my surprise, I could think of few authors from that period of my life who really affected me much as a writer. Of course, it’s possible that I’m actually deeply affected by them, but…

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Book 2 Outline is Complete!

After a crazy couple of weeks since the launch of The Defender of Rebel Falls, I have finally returned to working on the second novel in the series. I have yet to come up with a working title, but I’m happy to announce that the basic outline is complete. Of course, I’ll probably change a…

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William’s next adventures

Well, it’s been a busy week since the launch of The Defender of Rebel Falls, and the response has been amazing! Over 700 copies have been downloaded so far, and it’s now in the top ten in two different sub-categories at Amazon, and top twenty in another (for free listings; they don’t rank them together…

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Release Day!

It’s finally here: the official release day of The Defender of Rebel Falls! The past week has been hectic as I submitted the various formats to the retailers, corrected errors in the manuscript, and worked my various marketing channels. But the work is done, and the finished product is available for free on most sites,…

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Passing the Bechdel Test

In 1985, cartoonist Alison Bechdel wrote about a character who would only watch movies that passed a certain test. At first, it was nothing more than a fictional character’s wish list, but it has since moved into the mainstream as a litmus test for gender diversity in movies and plays. The test itself is simple:…

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