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Armchair linguistics

When a language has the same word for two concepts, speakers of that language must be incapable of understanding the distinction between the two. So for example, the English language does not distinguish between treating something as a question (третирането), treating someone like … Continue reading

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And He Subdues the Peoples

First and Previous “How can they do this?” wailed Tepin’s brother’s wife. Her brother’s widow, now. “The ones with staffs are kneeling. The warrior priest and effigies.” Except these priests didn’t look particularly devout. Easily, casually, as if they’d done so a thousand times … Continue reading

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61 Technology and Optimism with Dan Koboldt

    Dan Koboldt  is back, talking about his experience pitching his books on twitter and sharing useful advice for #SFFPit, which he hosted. Also technology. Cause Dan’s a geneticist, in case you didn’t know. For example, Dan’s three pitches: 1. A … Continue reading

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Wheel in the Sky 13

First  Previous Candegar ran. The thought occurred to him to stop. Why flee the towering abomination bearing down on them? The rogue power could only kill him, after all. Whereas if he ran, Candegar might escape. If he escaped, Martus … Continue reading

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He causes the walls of fire to fall down

First and Previous Tepin hid with her children in her brother’s house and watched the enemy come. Her sister-in-law was there too and the woman’s old mother. But Mazatl, himself, had been called upon to fight, which meant he was outside and probably … Continue reading

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60 Manga on Kickstarter with Phuong Pham

  This week I’m talking to Phuong Pham, an editor at Digital Manga, Inc and Project Director for the English translation of Captain Ken. We’re talking about Kickstarter, specifically the campaign her company is doing (and which you should visit and fund right … Continue reading

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Wheel in the Sky 12

First Previous “So this is what you want?” The two traitors spun around to face Martus. Behind them, the perimeter of Nebuchak’s influence curved across the crown of the hill, as straight as the line drawn by a draftsman’s compass. … Continue reading

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Earth, Cornmeal, and Smoke

First and Previous Tlālpantli,  Tamal, Pōctli “Chimalma exploded?” Tepin swayed on her feet. Nothing made sense any more. A crack in the earth had opened and swallowed the normal world. She held out her hands to Pochitl as if for support. “What will we … Continue reading

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59 Pitching with Dan Koboldt

  My buddy Dan Koboldt  has a lot to say about pitching books to literary agents and publishers, especially pitching contests for super-short-form venues like twitter. Right now, it’s #PitchPerfect. How timely! So in this episode we talk about pitching contests. It’s an … Continue reading

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Obsidian, Blood, and Thunder

First and Previous Itztli, Eztli, Tlatlatziniliztli “Boss?” “Yes?” snapped Chimalma. “What is it now, Pochotl?” “The foreigners have stopped.” The scout commander muttered an oath and turned to look up the slope of the little hill. Yes, the damn foreigners had formed a clump … Continue reading

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