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Showing, Telling, Filtering, Grounding

“Show, don’t tell.” If you’re a writer or have ever taken a writing class, you’ve heard this advice, probably many times over.  Readers want drama, not dry explanations. Give them something they can visualize!  Don’t say “Joe became angry.”  Say … Continue reading

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Book Review – Robin Hobb’s Farseer and Tawny Man Trilogies

Today I finished a book. I do this occasionally and usually with little fanfare, but this was a special one. The book was Robin Hobb’s “Fool’s Fate,” and in completing it I ended a 4500 page journey through one of … Continue reading

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“How’s Your Book Doing?”

On a regular basis I am asked some variant of the question, “How is your book doing?”  Here, let me answer that.  Warning: numbers! Today is May 14, 2016. The Ventifact Colossus has been out for just over four months.  … Continue reading

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Losing My Marbles

You are probably familiar with Randall Munroe of XKCD fame.  One of his most famous strips is this: (image © Randall Munroe) I am usually good about not falling into this trap, but sometimes the bait is too tempting, and … Continue reading

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A Million Words

If you search the Internet on the topic, you will discover the notion, ascribed variously to John D. McDonald, Ray Bradbury, David Eddings, and others, that a writer’s first million words are garbage.  Eddings phrases the idea thusly: “My advice … Continue reading

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Upon Further Review

I was chatting with my friend Ed the other day on the topic of reviews. Having just self-published a novel, it’s been a topic much on my mind. At some point in the discussion, we swapped links of the most … Continue reading

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Book Launched!

Today I took a big first step. Specifically, I forced my finger to stop shaking, and pressed it down upon the Enter key, thus clicking the button that told Amazon to expose my book, The Ventifact Colossus, to the public. … Continue reading

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