08 August 2009 ~ 2 Comments

Writing lessons — hide the ball

Beginners often don’t know what information to reveal and what information to hide. Especially in science fiction and fantasy, writers have to set up a world as well as characters and a plot (which makes me wonder why mainstream literature underestimates SF/F so badly, but there you go). While we are told to “show, not […]

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19 July 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Sunday miscellany

Saturday’s book signing was swell. Barnes & Noble had me front and center. Several of my friends and family stopped by and I also sold a handful of books to other folks in the store. I spoke with aspiring writers, one of whom was astonished to hear about the vast writing community in Austin (seriously, […]

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11 April 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Darkon and the movies — or, it’s good to be king

Words: 1,410. It was like pulling teeth, and then I made two changes. I told the scene from another character’s perspective, and I asked, “Well, what if she decides she wants to do that?” Boom. Flowage.  In the last few weeks, here are the movies I’ve seen: Seven Samurai  Silent Running Darkon Taken Bridge on the River […]

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