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POINT OF VIEW: Summer Cold

summer cold - scott

Okay, so I just got back from the long-planned family reunion in Flagstaff. It was fantastic, and we took a couple extra days to explore Flagstaff and Sedona. I planned to hit the ground writing-wise and work-wise as soon as we got home. Then things went wrong. Comcast, our internet provider, was down all morning Thursday … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: The Icky Part

J. Scott Coatsworth

Hey all, I’m at that part of the story on “Lander” that I always hit, about this far in. I’m probably three quarters finished, and all I can see is suck and ick. The writing sucks. The story is pedestrian. The threads of it are all over the place, and there’s NO WAY I am ever … Read more

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Point of View: I Wish I Lived in Stars Hollow

chasm

We’re most of the way through our sixth or seventh or maybe eighth viewing of the entire Gilmore Girls series, and I find myself affected by a peculiar kind of nostalgia. It’s a longing for a simpler time, when things were less messy. Less racist. Less Trump. Watching this show, I can envision the perfect … Read more

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Point of View: Taking a (Little) Break

Scott - Break

Hey all, On Saturday, I sent “Liminal Sky”, my second novel, off to the publisher – a story that’s been in the works for three years. Then I sat down, closed my eyes, and took a deep breath. I have been running almost non-stop with my writing for months, as I have been struggling to … Read more

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Point of View: Squirrel!

Scott - Squirrel

I just spent a couple months slogging through a fourth (or was it seventeenth?) draft of one of my novels, and then jumped right into an extension of another work. After that, I have another novel to finish up. In short, I’m working or reworking a lot of things I have worked on time and time … Read more

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Point of View: Writing Who You Know

reflection - Scott

There’s an age-old adage in the writing biz: “Write what you know.” This advice is suspect for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it’s difficult to apply as a science fiction/fantasy author. Tolkien didn’t “know” Middle Earth, not in the personal sense. And Anne McCaffrey probably never actually made it … Read more

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Point of View: Here We Go Again

Scott

I am riding the crazy train again. In just two more days, I have not one but two new stories coming out – “Through the Veil” in the anthology “Myths Untold – Faery” and my story “Repetition” in the spring “MCB Quarterly”. So I am no longer an author – I am now J. Scott … Read more

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Point of View: My Writing Plans For 2016

Scott

Hey all, Last week I reviewed my writing year in 2015. I thought I’d flip things around this week and look ahead to my writing plans for 2016. So here are some of the things I hope to accomplish: 1) Publish My First Novel: Or at least get it scheduled. Those who know me well … Read more

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Point Of View: Getting Into My Writing Groove

Write Like the Wind

Every author has things they do to help them write and be more creative. Some of these are superstitions – like not changing their socks or underwear until a project is finished (and yes, that is disgusting). Others are habits – things they do on a regular basis to ensure they have time to get … Read more