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The Diplomatic War

Last week I thought about some Alternate History scenarios that might get China to discover America before Europe gets a chance. I did not stop thinking about it. Step 1) Song Dynasty China fends off the Mongols long enough to … Continue reading

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53 Writing Sequels with Carrie Patel

LISTEN to podcast I’m talking with Carrie Patel about her book, the Buried Life, out in July and August from Angry robot books. We also talk about writing sequels and… Sneaky Victorian slavers Strange Horizons’s list of Things We See Too Much of … Continue reading

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Wheel in the Sky 6

First Previous “What he’s saying is he doesn’t trust you.”  “He should. I need him just as much as I need you,” her lips curved. “Candegar.”  He blinked at her.  “Just give me the dagger.”  The weapon was still clearly her … Continue reading

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The Great Continent of the Far East

Friend, writing buddy, and sometime contributor to my podcast, Melissa Walshe, has some excellent things to say about writing and reading and inspiration in her blog. And some REALLY interesting questions about alternate history. Specifically, what would have happened if explorers from … Continue reading

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52 Self-publishing with Jamie Wyman

LISTEN to podcast I’m talking this week with Jamie Wyman, author of Wild Card and the sequel Unveiled, whose publication she is currently funding through a Kickstarter campaign. Since one of those books was e-published by Entangled and the other is self-published, Jamie … Continue reading

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Wheel in the Sky 5

First Previous “Tell me everything.” the long, long shadow of Martus Aletheiton, Root-commander of the Gothemor Krypteria, cut across the floor of the cell as if cast by the gnomon of compass. A black line, perfectly straight, perfectly aligned with the … Continue reading

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Marketing, Getting Paid, an Writing Skills

Recently a friend emailed me with some thoughts on self-promotion, and I thought his insights (and my response) might be useful or at least interesting to you guys. Do you agree with him that talent is the least important correlate … Continue reading

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51 Science and anti-science with Turbofanatic

LISTEN to podcast I’m back with Turbofanatic (of Wheel in the Sky, Aphelion and Deltavengers fame). He should not have meddled with God’s Creation! (once again) Coats‘s rule of storytelling #19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are … Continue reading

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Dougal Dixon might have seen my work at some point!

One of my heroes (Daren Naish) interviewed THE hero (Dougal Dixon) on Scientific American and pluged my high-school project, Specworld! (scroll down to the second montage of images, my work is in the upper right corner)    

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Wheel in the Sky 4

First Previous “Gothemor Keep.” Saria indicated the tapering cone on the hill before them. The setting sun, hovering just above the hub, cast nearly horizontal beams of light on the pale ivory of the building and the dark forest around them. … Continue reading

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