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Nov 21

November 21, 2014

To be a writer you don’t need…

… to create a Spotify playlist of your writing “soundtrack.” … to attend conventions, any convention, all conventions. … to attend a panel. … to sit on a panel. … an award. … to win a contest. … writing advice from anyone found anywhere on the internet. … to dispense writing advice on the internet. … to know what’s being said in any forum or comment thread about writing, books, genres of fiction, publishing, or writers. … to belong to…

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Nov 14

November 14, 2014

Welcome to the First (and Final) Post-Series Slingers Saga Q&A!

Here we are again, kids. The last time we did this it was after the release of The Victim Hold and before the release of Where Gods Cannot See. Back then we talked about what was happening and what was going to happen. Now we’re going to talk about what happened. Now we’re going to talk about the end. I’ve concluded my Slingers Saga and over the past week and change I gave you the opportunity to ask me any question…

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Nov 13

November 13, 2014

In Which I Ask the Question, “Was *I* Being the Creeper?”

Something small and kind of cool happened to me earlier this week on Twitter, and I’d like to write about it now. Because like all small, cool things on Twitter it was tarnished by the incursion of a guerilla force of a-holes. Or maybe I was the a-hole. Hopefully we’ll find out. It may take me a moment to make my point, but please bear with me. In May of next year it will be my fifth anniversary of being…

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Nov 12

November 12, 2014

Reality Check: Canon’s See Impossible “Author” Ad

I have a very close friend who will often call or text me and request what he calls a “reality check.” He’ll then present me with some personal, professional, emotional, or psychological event he’s experienced or is experiencing and explain his reaction to and thoughts on that event. He’ll then want me to tell him if I think he’s misconstruing the event itself, or if the way he’s processing and/or handling its aftermath seems off somehow to me. The first…

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Nov 5

November 5, 2014

My 12 Most Important Thoughts on Futurism in Fiction

A lot of my stories take place in some future version of our world, especially my big stories like The Failed Cities and Slingers. Next to worldbuilding, futurism is one of my favorite parts of the fiction writing process. And like worldbuilding it’s very hard to do well. The most difficult futurism is unaided. By that I mean there was no apocalypse, no aliens have landed, magic wasn’t discovered, and so forth. No cataclysmic event has stopped the natural flow…

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