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1st day: a process essay

On the first day of Junction… It’s only a week until Junction’s launch on the 10th, and in celebration, here’s an essay I wrote about writing it. It’s my first magazine publication, which means they paid me. 😉 The editor said … Continue reading

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Small, medium, large stories

I’m trying a new technique with planning Fellow Tetrapod: asking myself: “what are the small, medium, and large stories of this novel?” Here are the answers: A biologist tries to open a restaurant, get a girlfriend, and find meaning in … Continue reading

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Advice for starting writers

Writing fiction is a lot of fun, although sometimes it’s hard to keep it that way. I hesitate to give specific advice since different techniques work for different people, and you won’t know what will work for you until you’ve … Continue reading

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Fellow Tetrapod: Character Philosophies

There once was a man who said “Damn! “It is borne upon me that I am “An engine that moves “In predestinate grooves; “I’m not even a bus, I’m a tram!” -Maurice Evan Hare So I’ve been asking around about … Continue reading

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Fellow Tetrapod begins

Hello everyone! I’ve been silent for a while, but now real life is backing off a bit and I’m starting a new story. It’s called Fellow Tetrapod and I’m very excited about it. Fellow Tetrapod is a hard scifi talking … Continue reading

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Stupid Ideas: Culinary International

Gourmet chef is actually international spy! “No, no, not that CIA. I work for the Culinary Institute of America.” I could write a whole series! Rising Agent: Crime Brulée Spoiled Broth Globally-Sourced …and when the author gets cynical and sloppy… The Spy … Continue reading

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Junction Radio Interview!

I appeared…was audible?…on Bulgarian National Radio last week, where I talked about my life and work in Bulgaria and my upcoming book, Junction! Junction, as I describe it, is about интересни чудовища, които изяждат хората по интересни начини, or “interesting … Continue reading

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Follycon Notebook 6+7

(back to pages 4 and 5) Nature Futures is a really cool page of science fiction ideas written by scientists. This is me thinking about that “science in science fiction” panel. Thinking about alternate history as a tool to teach … Continue reading

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Follycon notebook 4+5

(back to pages 2 and 3) Then I actually went to a Follycon panel! It was called (I think) “How to Put Science in your Fiction,” and that thing at the top is my wife’s snarky correction. The following are … Continue reading

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Follycon Notebook pages 2 + 3

Page 2 of my Follycon notebook is quite a bit blurrier than page 1, but don’t worry, I have some blurry memories to supplement it! Uh, so I think this is still from that first conversation with Georgina Kamsika, Sarah Dodd, and Micaiah Huw … Continue reading

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