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POINT OF VIEW: The Art of Self-Reinvention

Transformation / Reinvention

I’m in the midst of a transition as a writer, the likes of which I have never attempted before, and TBH, it scares the crap out of me. I came into publishinh via MM romance. It wasn’t my first love – I’ve always been a huge sci fi freak, since I was a little kid … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Put a Wolf Under the Table

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Your characters are on a quest for the fabled Sword of Bighands. They’re sitting around a thick iron-banded wooden table at the Borderlands Pub, a dark, seedy local hangout where you can buy anything from drugs to human slaves. Or a really good guide to get you out of Bordertown and across the great Scorched … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Keeping a Series Bible

Series Bible

Fiction authors have a lot of things to keep track of in their books- – character descriptions, locations, plot details, and all the other things that go into constructing a world. It’s a complicated business, building an entire world. But what about when you want to write a series? When you’re working on a single … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: The Best Oreos

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Every writer has their vice. For some it’s the siren call of alcohol – a nightcap before bed to help drown out the muse’s voice, or a cold beer in the afternoon after a hard couple hard hours wrestling with plot bunnies and squirrels. Hey, anyone know the difference? I could never figure it out. … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: My True Legacy

Joyce Peterson

For my POV columns, I asked some of my writer friends what they’d like to see my write about. Angel asked this one: How can family history influence writers? It’s a really broad topic, one that touches on histocial events, genetics, and decisions and talents that can echo down generations. I can only answer it … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: About Me

Scott 1992

A few weeks ago, I asked my readers what they wanted me to write about in this column. Barbara Longley wanted to know more about me personally, so here it goes. 🙂 I live with my husband Mark in Sacramento, California. I’m an Arizona boy originally – although I was born in Southern California, I … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: After the Plague

sunrise - after the plague

My friend A. Catherine Noon asks: What do you want to change when we come out of lockdown, and what do you want to leave behind? What do you want to make (assuming you had energy and no stress)? (Make includes write.) Wow, that’s a big question. Some of my answers come easily – like … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: On Brand

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I’ve had occasion this week to consider my author “brand”, especially the public-facing version of it that I represent via social media. This was occasioned by a few different things that happened over the weekend. First off, in a panel on going mainstream at the Rainbow Space Magic Con yesterday, we discussed authors’ social media … Read more