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POINT OF VIEW: When it All Changes

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There are a few points in each person’s life where a chance decision changes the course of their future history, shifting everything to come onto a new path. We rarely see these in advance. They often only become clear in retrospect. I’ve had a few of these in my own life. The first these was … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: I’ll Bet You Didn’t Know…

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Hey all… another fun one this week because I need a little levity in my life. 🙂 I thought I’d share a few things you probably don’t know about me! My First Publication Credit: To hear my About Me page tell it, my first published work was the short story “The Bear at the Bar,” … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: What I’m Watching

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I need a break from writing about writing and writing about the sucky things in the world, so I thought I’d share some of my fave current spec fic TV shows! GhostsCBS/Paramount+Seasons: One We stumbled upon this comedy a couple months ago, and what a delight it is. The premise – ghosts haunt the living … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Sci-Fi Hopes and Dreams

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The world is in a downward spiral. If covid doesn’t get us, climate change, the rise of the populist right, and the four horsemen of the apocalypse probably will. There is ample reason to be downright pessimistic about the future of the human race and the planet in general – who will come to save … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: My Next Mountain

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Back in September, I paused to look down the mountain and see how far I’ve come since I started writing professionally in 2014. Now I’m looking forward to 2022, and thought I would share with you some of my hopes and plans for next year. New peaks await! First off, I’ll finally have some new … Read more

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Catherine Lundoff

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Welcome to my weekly Author Spotlight. I’ve asked a bunch of my author friends to answer a set of interview questions, and to share their latest work. Today, Catherine Lundoff (she/her) is an award-winning writer, editor and publisher from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her books include Blood Moon, Silver Moon, Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Finding the Character Heart

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One of the first criticisms I received as a newbie writer was that my characterization was a bit thin. Readers loved my immersive sci-fi world building and my intricate plots, but my early characters fell a bit flat. Ever since, I’ve been on a journey to learn how to delve deeper into the hearts of … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: In the Shadow of Giants

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This week we lost another great writer. Anne Rice passed off this Earth, leaving behind an impressive legacy. While I was never a big Rice fan, I was still in awe of her storytelling ability, and how she almost single-handedly created the sexy vampire (and the gay one, too). Sadly, many spec fic writers I … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: We Are A Community

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A couple years ago, I was preparing for an hour-long, solo author appearance at a local bookstore to promote The River City Chronicles. I was writing down all my ideas, along with a list of the websites Mark and I have created over the last twenty years, and a common theme emerged. Community. All my … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Beating Up My Inner Asshole

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Almost every writer has what’s called an inner critic – a voice inside their heads that ridicules their work, tells them they’re not good enough, and generally makes their writing lives a living hell. It’s like your high school bully took up residence inside your head, where it’s really easy for him to figure out … Read more