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Eureka!

In movies, science is too often depicted as the realm of mad geniuses working alone to solve specific problems with bursts of inspiration. It isn’t. But what if it was? What if scientists all over the world suddenly had insights … Continue reading

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Talking and Walking

Here’s a fun thought experiment from Steven Cox: drop a bunch of colonists who all speak the same language on a planet and let them stew for a few centuries. Come back later and count how many languages they now speak. … Continue reading

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101 City-building with Marshall Ryan Maresca

  I’m talking with Marshall Ryan Maresca about A Murder of Mages, big-world fantasy, story structure, and making a series. The other (not first) book set on this world, The Thorn of Dentonhill Some guy named Sir Terry Pratchett did something like that … Continue reading

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Done III, return of the son of Done!

The third and final read-through of Charming Lies is done! So, I’m going to change things around a bit from comments from my agent and a few last beta-readers, but I’m calling it now: CHARMING LIES Final Draft Finished 7/26/15 … Continue reading

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A Grass-fed Man

There’s two ways I could go about giving myself the ability to digest cellulose (the major structural component of plants). The first is I could take some cultures of human gut flora (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gut_flora) and try to grow them on a … Continue reading

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Losers and Losers

Put this one in the “wish English had a word like this” box. Google-translate the English word “loser” into Bulgarian and you’ll get two translations: zagubenyak and karak.  The first means literally “one who loses” (za-gub-en-nyak = FILLING-lose-PARTICIPLE-person), and it refers to someone who’s … Continue reading

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Temple State

Japanese Buddhism changed forever when Oda Nobunaga razed the Mount Hiei temples and broke the back of the Warrior Monk organization. But what if he didn’t? What if political unity emerged under the shadow, not of the Tokugawa Shogunate, but … Continue reading

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The Nun and the Ern

  Working on some background for Junction, in which a wormhole in New Guinea leads to an alien planet. Of course, there are people living around the wormhole on both ends, called the Nun (nearside) and Ern (farside). The Nun … Continue reading

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Progress

  So I’ve been posting some stuff about my writing strategy. The reason is, when you start shopping manuscripts out in September, right around now is when the rejections start coming in. The good news is that this year’s crop of … Continue reading

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100 Revolutions with Carrie Patel

      I’m talking with Carrie Patel about her new book, Cities and Thrones and revolutions. You may remember Carrie Patel and The Buried Life. Revolutions often don’t go as planned We’ve been seeing a lot of dystopias The Haitian … Continue reading

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