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Paul and Dan discuss Becoming Fluent

And now for something completely different. My friend and mentor Paul Venet and I discuss the book Becoming Fluent and our experience learning and teaching languages.

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November Newsletter: Facts are Bones

So there I was, done. I could feel it. The out-breath as I saved the file and shut down my laptop on Friday, yes, but more than that, the lack of the in-breath on the following Tuesday. Theoretically, there was … Continue reading

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Insomnia help

“Love is like sleep. One can never seize (it).” -R. Scott Bakker In February’s newsletter, I talked about my trouble with insomnia and how I’ve been dealing with it. And a bunch of you responded! Here are our various solutions, … 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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Follycon Notebook page 1

Yeah yeah, I know Eastercon Follycon was a month ago. It’s been a busy month, and I’m just now typing up my notes. I hope to get all of my follycon notes online, hopefully before I go to Worldcon in … Continue reading

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Expanding my Base

A brief thank you to slatestarscratchpad, who made a post a month or two ago about “expanding your base” (or “increasing your foundation” or something) – that is using your ability to get things done to learn how to get … Continue reading

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Spring Sense Impressions

Happy Gyulovo Week, everyone! This week, between Lazarov Saturday and Orthodox Easter, covers almost all of the events of my nearly-finished historical fantasy The Sultan’s Enchanter. It’s during this week in early spring that Elena, the witch of Gyulovo, makes … Continue reading

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