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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: Laying the “Foundation” (Spoilers)

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Note: this column contains spoilers about the Foundation TV series. If you’ve not watched it yet you may want to wait until you do to read it. Because of my broken arm and surgery, I am still limited in what I can do. I can type to a certain extent, but my reach is not … 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: Pride

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I’ve been to a number of Pride events. Some were huge – like the million-plus events in San Francisco that take six hours to traverse Market Street from downtown to the Capitol. Some were more manageable, like the 45-minute long Sacramento Pride Parade and Festival. And some are almost intimate. But they all celebrate one … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Painting a World

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I’ve spent the last two years, since the depth of the first season of the pandemic, building a new world. When I wrapped up Dropnauts, I had three potential paths for my next project. Coredivers, the sequel to Dropnauts; The Forever Cycle, the missing middle books between The Ariadne Cycle and The Oberon Cycle; and … Read more