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The Mechanics of Research Into Writing

TweetThis post is a tidier version of a talk I gave to the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society in October, 2012. The purpose was to give some concrete examples of how my research reading finds its way into my fiction. I … Continue reading

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The Next Big Thing

TweetGregory Frost tagged me to participate in The Next Big Thing, so…. Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing 1. What is the title of your Work in Progress? The tentative title is The Dreamlord War, but I think … Continue reading

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The Research/Writing Interface

TweetI’m going back and forth between researching and writing, on my new novel draft. I don’t follow any sort of organized plan so far as historical research reading goes. I don’t finish all my research reading before I start to … Continue reading

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What am I writing? Thank you for asking!

TweetI’ve been asked several times recently what I’m currently writing. Here’s the answer. I don’t currently have a novel under contract, but I am writing a novel anyway. It’s not an erotic novel, and probably won’t include any sex scenes. … Continue reading

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Writers’ Ephemera

TweetThis month I’ve been cleaning up assorted papers I’d accumulated over the last few years. Like many writers, I have a strange attraction to notebooks, some decorative, some plain spiral-bound of varying qualities, bought for various reasons: a pretty one … Continue reading

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Can’t Stop The Business

TweetI haven’t been written any fiction since the end of August – this was on purpose, to give myself a break and to read for research and to, well, just read. (I have been writing a lot of nonfiction blog … Continue reading

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Sometimes, you need comics.

TweetI read a lot. I’m a writer, it’s a vital part of what you might call my Continuing Education. Lately, I’ve been returning to comics. Part of that is due to all the superhero movies that came out this summer, … Continue reading

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Degrees of Suckitude

TweetI was recently discussing a story-in-progress with someone. I ventured to hope that it didn’t suck. I was told there was no way it could suck, given excerpts she had seen. Au contraire! There are degrees of suckitude. (That is … Continue reading

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Writing in a Vacuum is Better

TweetThis is a repost of something I wrote for the Novelists, Inc. blog last week. I’m on deadline at the moment, writing something that’s due September 1. Sometimes, being on deadline leads to procrastination (shocking, I know!), even though I’ve … Continue reading

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Size Does Matter

TweetThe piece I’m currently writing is meant to be about 15,000 words. It’s been an interesting experience so far. I’m learning a lot about writing at this length. You see, I have written many short stories, almost all of them … Continue reading

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