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Point of View: When an Urse is Not a Horse

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I’ve been reading fantasy and sci-fi since I was in second grade – for those counting, that’s forty-six years. I always loved escaping into a different world through a good book, somewhere utterly unlike the place I knew growing up. I came by this desire honestly. My mother was (and still is) a voracious SFF … Read more

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Point of View: That %$&*! Characterization Thing Again

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Every year or two, I circle back to my Achilles heel as a writer. I can build worlds with the best of them, and my intertwined plots are legendary. But I’ve always had more difficulty with characterization. I’m working through beta reads on book two of the Tharassas Cycle, and have been dinged by a … Read more

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Point of View: The Force is Strong in This One

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I just finished something I’ve been wanting to do for years but could never find the time for – I watched all nine of the main sequence Star Wars films in order, back to back. When I was nine, Star Wars: A New Hope came out in theaters. I was puzzled, then enchanted by the … Read more

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Point of View: Writing and A Flicker of Hope

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I’m writing again. OK, so not anything new yet. But I’m back into book one edits in preparation for getting it off to my new publisher – Water Dragon Publishing – around week’s end. And I have release dates (at least tentative ones) for all three books: March 2023, September 2023, and March 2024. More … Read more

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Point of View: Void Syndrome

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If you’ve been writing for any length of time, you’ve probably heard of “Imposter Syndrome.” It’s something that affects many writers, even really successful ones – that nagging feeling that you aren’t good enough, that you are just fooling everyone, and sooner or later someone will call your bluff. But there’s another thing that happens … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: When Life Throws You a Curve Ball – Part Two

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A few years ago, we had to decamp unexpectedly to Tucson for a family emergency. It threw everything into chaos, including my writing. Then life settled down to a pleasing predictability, and I was happily enjoying boring old normal life when BOOM! Our lives were turned on their heads in an instant. One moment I … Read more

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Point of View: Building a Great Newsletter

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When I first started my author newsletter, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I thought I was a newsletter vet – after all, I’ve been running them for other parts of our business for years and years. But many of the things that worked in a travel newsletter just didn’t translate to my … Read more

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Point of View: Shit City

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I’m feeling a bit shaky this morning. I’m not sure if it’s my never-ending pile of work that I just can’t seem to get through, or coming down off a day of being “on” for book sales at Davis Pride yesterday. Maybe it’s all my worries about the world, as the Dow plunges into bear … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Hidden Dreams

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It was the spring of 2014, just over eight years ago now000. I had written yet another short story for an anthology – it was my way of breaking into publishing. This one was called “A New Year,” and was inspired by Bastille’s song “Laughter Lines”: You took me to your favourite place on EarthTo … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: A Change Has Gotta Come

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I’m going to depart a bit from my normal point of view, because recent events warrant it, Last week, a lone gunman entered an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and brutally murdered 19 children and two adults. It’s not the first such event – far from it. In just the first five months of 2022, … Read more