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89 Authorial self-Indulgence with Tex Thompson and Daniel Koboldt

Last year I talked with fellow novelists Tex Thompson and Dan Koboldt about going off the rails in writing and getting too involved with world-building. Now I’m dusting off that conversation in celebration of the publication of my deisle-punk dragon novella PETROLEA, … Continue reading

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99 Speculative Philosophy with Eric Schwitzgebel

  A year ago I talked with Eric Schwitzgebel about his new story Momentary Sage, his Philosophers’ Science Fiction / Speculative Fiction Recommendations, and the next moral frontier. Now it’s time to dust off that conversation in celebration of the publication of my novella PETROLEA! What’s this about … Continue reading

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Ergatinglish!

Ha ha, suckers! You thought you were going to get a short story today, but instead I’m going to lecture you about made-up future English. Wait don’t go! It’ll be a form of English that has evolved ergative-absolutive alignment! Wait … Continue reading

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Petrolea is out!

My diesel-punk dragon novella Petrolea is available from Alban Lake Publishing in both paper and ebook form. This is a big step: the first paid book-shaped thing that was all mine and no-one else’s. I’m over the (murky, mechanoid-infested) moon … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: Habitat by Simon Roy

Yesterday I received two books with Warren Ellis endorsements. One was Pirate Utopia by Bruce Sterling, the other was Habitat, by Simon Roy. Looks like Ellis and I both have great taste. I worked with Simon at the beginning, middle, … Continue reading

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Some Writing Advice

Well,  they worked for me on Friday at least. Let’s hope they keep working. (ahem) 1) rather than work until a job is “finished,” work for exactly an hour on one thing, then take a break and switch to something else, even … Continue reading

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Who’s a Good Chosen One? You are!

Eirling’gathel! Eirling’gathel! I found the dragon! Let’s go slay it! We’ll go on a quest together! mmphWhah? Oh, by the sacred Elm of Whispers, it’s like 4am. I found a dragon, Eirling’gathel! It’s just five leagues from here! It’s time … Continue reading

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20 Making plot with Simon Roy and C.M. Kosemen

LISTEN to podcast Simon Roy, Memo Kosemen, and I have ganged up to construct “The Lords of the World” available now from Alternate History Fiction magazine. We’ve discussed the worldbuilding and characters, now let’s look at the plot. Also: The Crimean … Continue reading

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19 Making Characters with Simon Roy and C. M. Kosemen

LISTEN to podcast The second part of the conversation Simon Roy, Memo Kosemen, and I had about the idea that eventually became “The Lords of the Earth” (now available from Alternate History Magazine). Having discussed the worldbuilding of the story, now we’re on … Continue reading

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18 Worldbuilding with Simon Roy and C.M. Kosemen

LISTEN to podcast To celebrate the publishing of my Martian Sherlock Holmes short story, “The Lords of the World,” this is a re-release of a conversation I had with Simon Roy and Memo Kosemen back in 2013. Today we’ve ganged up to talk … Continue reading

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