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“What’s your What If?”

I’m working through Story Genius by Lisa Cron and I thought I’d share some of the process. Here’s the third exercise in the book. “What’s your What If?” What if there’s a technology – a time train – that carries you … Continue reading

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Flying Gangster Cars

I’ve been thinking about The Centuries Unlimited’s flying cars. Black Station split off from canonical history when a bunch of 22nd-century technology was dumped on it in 1929, so it has a Diesel-Punk aesthetic with gangsters and trenchcoats. I considered … Continue reading

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“Why do you care about your story? That’s what it’s about.”

I’m working through Story Genius by Lisa Cron and I thought I’d share some of the process. Here’s the second exercise in the book. “Why do you care about your story? That’s what it’s about.” I care about The Centuries Unlimited … Continue reading

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Lazy-ass Fantasy names

A follow-up to yesterday’s post about lazy vrs. rigorous fantasy names: You know what bugs me? Fantasy names for things with obvious predecessors. Like fantasy-Japan being called “Naponia” or something. Bleh! It’s so lazy. Especially when obscuring those predecessors is … Continue reading

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Fantasy Names, Lazy or Rigorous?

  http://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/157898384130/my-11-year-old-was-asking-me-why-i-say-that-i-put Thanks for the question, totally stranger whom I do not know! I actually had exactly that experience today! I tried to read a book with bad fantasy names, put it down, then, berating myself as cynical old curmudgeon, … Continue reading

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Which Alt-hist should I write?

Inklings Press is doing a sequel to their alternate history anthology, and I want to write a story for them. But which one? 1. A sequel to my story in their first anthology, in which Muslim China contacts the Aztecs … Continue reading

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The New Junction draft…

…is with Jennie. Godspeed, little monster. Now I’m off to play with my daughters.

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Two good books

I don’t want you guys to think I hate every book I read. I just finished (and enjoyed) End This Depression Now ( https://www.goodreads.com/…/13517594-end-this-depression-now ) and Talking Back Talking Black ( https://www.goodreads.com/…/33376054-talking-back-talking-b… ) End This Depression Now paints a more … Continue reading

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Junction Delta is done!

Junction draft delta is done! 2/24/2017 89,000 words Daisuke Matsumori faked a smile and held out a dead mouse. The little corpse dangled by its tail, its eyes closed, its toes clenched, observed by the cassowary. Finished while listening to: … Continue reading

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I’m not an Autobot, I’m an Atheist

I’ve just finished Fables for Robots by Stanislaw Lem. What a ride! Intergalactic electroknights, the creation of the universe, mad robotic philosophy struggling to come to grips with the gulf between the natural and the artificial. It basically read as … Continue reading

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