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Giving characters a Mission

It was really easy to write the beginnings of Tyrannosaur Queen and World’s Other Side. Why then, was it so hard to write the beginnings of New Frontiers, Charming Lies, and Junction? Charming Lies’ beginning is STILL giving me hell … Continue reading

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How Dinosaurs can fix the Evolution of Flight

From Coral Moore’s Chaos and Insanity blog When I pitched my “How Dinosaurs can fix your…” series of essays to the good people of the Codex writers’ forum, I expected (and mostly got) requests for writerly advice such as “How … Continue reading

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Maldonia, its language and history

I was happy to find out that The Princess and the Frog is getting some attention, since it’s my second favorite Disney movie (it goes Aladdin, Princess and the Frog, Rapunzel, in case you were wondering). Anyway, I got to … Continue reading

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From The Tex Files: Okay, look. Marriage can be wonderful. We know that. GETTING married is something else entirely. It’s such a special time, but so stressful, too. Well, fret no more about your impending nuptials, friends – because today … Continue reading

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Writing Elements (of Food)

Per Melissa’s suggestion, here’s a preliminary list of writing elements (that is, distinct things you have to do over the course of writing a novel). I guess these would be Foods in our Yummy/Yucky metaphor? So in a well-balanced book you … Continue reading

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How Dinosaurs Can Murder Your Darlings

From Katrina Archer’s My Murdered Darling series Are everyone’s novels built upon the bones of dead characters and deleted scenes? I haven’t done any sort of survey, but mine certainly are. I’ll start with a cool little scene or idea that’s just … Continue reading

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Eat your Yuck

There’s something I’ve been talking about with Tex and Melissa: the things we indulge in when we write versus the things we force ourselves to write because we have to. Call those your Yum and your Yuck. My Yum is describing … Continue reading

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Reactionless

Let’s talk about radio-frequency resonant cavity thruster, a reactionless drive. You generate microwaves inside a tapered cavity, and the whole taper pushes that way. Very very slowly. So my question is, what good would it do us to have these things? They don’t have … Continue reading

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Alpha- and Beta-reading

So in case you didn’t notice, I just finished the beta-version of Junction, my new wilderness-survival murder-mystery with alien beasts and geopolitics. You can let me know if you want to be a beta-reader in the comments, but what I … Continue reading

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Tales from the Universe

A happy announcement: My story, “The Devout Atheist” appears in the Tales from the Universe Anthology by Inklings Press. “Ten new voices in the world of science fiction cast their minds open wide and bring forth visions of tomorrow. Science … Continue reading

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