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5 Myths About Writing Science Fiction

5 Myths About Writing Science Fiction

So you want to write a science fiction novel.  However, you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing.  Perhaps you read science fiction like this humble author and you’d like to try your hand at writing something in the science fiction genre. Well, there are a few myths about science fiction novelists, and I’m … Continue reading

SoonerCon: A Media Guest’s Retrospective

SoonerCon: A Media Guest’s Retrospective

Yesterday ended my weekend at SoonerCon 26, a local science-fiction/fantasy/writer’s convention in Midwest City, Oklahoma within a short driving distance of my house.  This was my second year being invited as a media guest, which means I’ve written a few books and have done some podcasting, so they allow me to come be part of … Continue reading

Free Book Giveaway: Day 1 Report

  I am currently giving away the Kindle version of my newest novel Come Apart.  I have listed it with several online promotion sites who have massive Twitter followings and who, for the most part, will blast my book out to the internet for free.  Some of them are paid services, and have charged (at the … Continue reading

Falkontheorie Gone?

German writer Paul Heyse (1830-1914) based his theory of Falkontheorie on the ninth tale of the fifth day of the Decamaron.  The tale is about a man who sacrificed everything for the love of a woman and when he still rejected her he then sacrificed his prize falcon as well, thereby winning her heart.  The idea or … Continue reading

Emotive Dialogue

Yesterday I recorded our latest podcast for Fanboys on Fiction, and during the conversation, Ryan McKinley brought up the devilish problem of using “he said/she said” in dialogue passages.  This made me think of a good way that we could remove these redundant story killers from our dialogue and in the process make that dialogue more … Continue reading

E-Publishing Predictions for 2013

Today I received an e-mail update from Mark Coker because I am a Smashwords member (that is, I have published to Smashwords and they see fit to send updates my way about their company).  Mark Coker, president of Smashwords.com, which is a wonderful vehicle for self publishers to publish their work for free in every format … Continue reading

Writing a Novel: A Retrospective

This Broken Earth  is finished, as far as the series versions.  I will go back these next few weeks to fine tune and tweak the entire thing so that I might produce them as one volume.  These will include a print edition through CreateSpace, and a Kindle, Nook and iTunes version as well.  After spending … Continue reading

5 Best Selling Novels We’ve Forgotten

I have been accused, on occasion, of lamenting the success of Twilight.  Why shouldn’t I?  It reads like a poorly scripted soap opera, it’s characters are shallow at best and it has no lasting value in regards to the human condition…and aren’t we already tired of seeing vampire books?  Most publishing houses are currently using a … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup: 9/8/2012

This weeks stories were interesting in that they show where the industry of self-publishing is moving.  We also delve into the seedy underbelly of some of its darker nature.  Enjoy. 1.  It’s a Crime – Major crime writer R.J. Ellory is caught with his hand in the cookie jar.  All he had to do was … Continue reading