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  1. Revision

    by , May 5th, 2011 at 12:01 AM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    Well, it's no secret I send things out based on the theme calendars on duotrope and the condensed list based on it that I post here.

    But one of the anthologies I submitted to had a great email from the editor that was sent to all the submitters at the close of the submissions period.

    I asked Hollie if I could share it here and with her permission, here it is:

    (Edit: This isn't the whole email, just the good bits about editing).

    Quote Originally Posted by Hollie Snider

    Updated May 7th, 2011 at 01:37 PM by expatrie (To revise it. The irony!)

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  2. Letting It Breathe

    Well, now that the first draft for Shadow's Master (Book 3 in the Shadow Saga) is done, I'm going to set it aside for a couple weeks. I'd like to say a solid month, but I can never let a manuscript go for that long.

    In the meantime, I'm going to be messing around with other projects. I've been kicking around a short story idea about the incident(s) that led Caim into the assassination profession.
  3. Galactic Consultants, Chapter 1

  4. Galactic Consultants, Prologue

  5. Tales from the Boiler Room: Free for y'all

    I wrote a story about a Mayan who refuses to play along with his local theocratic rule, human sacrifices, etc., and I realized that he is pretty much what Holden Caulfield would have been like had he lived 1800 years ago in Mesoamerica. This collection of stories also has aliens for whom chocolate is a narcotic; a nagging ghost still complaining about his apartment building’s heat from beyond the grave; and a yeti who ought to join a labor union. ...
  6. lifted by its shifting

    lifted by its shifting
    Look at me, lifted by its shifting, whirling, outgoing force, like . a straw before the wind; fairly driven hither and yon, without power of successful resistance, until I find myself caught in some eddy, where, on taking breath, and looking about to measure the condition of things, I find every landmark before familiar, even my own basis of thought, new and strange." You make Monster Beats a very common mistake, that of being filled with awe, if not terror, by ...
  7. Romance in fantasy

    I admit, I've never been a fan of romance in fantasy, although if it fits the plot, I certainly don't mind it. Now I find myself needing to include a romantic subplot in my fantasy novel, and I'm not quite sure I know how I feel about it.

    Writing the kissy, emotional scenes doesn't bother me. I don't plan to include anything R rated, so if my characters do end up in bed, it'll be behind a closed door. What makes me squirm is the need for it in the first place. For those who know the ...
  8. Flower Maiden

    Press Release for 'Flower Maiden'.

    (A Paperback by Martine Lillycrop)

    Despite its deceptively fluffy title, Flower Maiden delivers some major punches.

    Waking up from a fatal car accident, middle-aged Bethany Sweet finds herself in a body so perfect it sweats perfume. Sweet soon has to come to terms not only with her own death and resurrection, but an alien and, it turns out, hostile world. Being then pursued by a ruthless ...
  9. Books in April

    by , May 1st, 2011 at 01:00 PM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    Not a lot to report.

    Allison Hewitt is Trapped, Madeleine Roux - At some point, you get the urge for epistolary fiction that doesn't try to modernize the form with instant messages, blogs, or email, or whatever else. Twitter? Anyway. This would be one, as Madeline has to invent some odd military (yet strangely unencrypted) wireless network that's somehow working from, I guess, space. Which is how the blog manages to exist in the first place--let's skip over a slight problem here--in ...

    Updated May 7th, 2011 at 10:53 PM by expatrie (added Men and Cartoons.)

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  10. May S/F/H deadlines.

    by , May 1st, 2011 at 12:39 PM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    Reposted material culled from

    (these are the one's specifically on my personal deadline calendar. There are others I will try to post this month, but later.)

    Wily Writers Speculative Fiction Dystopian or Apocalyptic or Post-apoc 5/31/2011
    Night Terrors Anthology (Vol. II) Horror 5/31/2011
    Children of the Moon: A Werewolf Anthology Werewolves 5/31/2011
    Wily Writers Speculative Fiction Masters of Horror Story Contest 5/31/2011

    Updated May 1st, 2011 at 12:50 PM by expatrie (category.)

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  11. "Her expression was curious, and not unsympathetic"

    by , April 30th, 2011 at 03:11 PM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    "Her expression was curious, and not unsympathetic." (p. 145 in my version of Men and Cartoons, Jonathan Lethem, in "Super Goat Man".)

    Don't get me wrong, I typically like Lethem, but this is a linguistic tic I notice more and more these days. From hearing something similar during a reading on KFAI, to another one somewhere in Stephen King's Duma Key, it's one thing I'm resolved not to do..

    King himself makes a similar comment about "Zestfully" ...
  12. Taking a Break

    For the past two weeks I have been feverishly editing my novel to get it ready for macro readers. I finished earlier than I'd expected and now I have a choice. I can either jump onto the next project and work like mad, or I can enjoy the down time and use it to do other things.

    I'm choosing the down time. I recognize that, as a writer and workaholic, I often put too much pressure on myself. So, I am making a concerted effort to take the down time when it comes along. A lot of ...
  13. Gemmell 2011 Nominees

    Here's the official shortlist:

    Ravenheart Award
    For best fantasy book cover

    Olof Erla Einarsdottir for Power & Majesty (HarperCollins Australia)
    Victoria Frank for Tymon’s Flight (HarperCollins Australia)
    Todd Lockwood for The Ragged Man (Pyr)
    Cliff Nielson for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Orbit)
    Jon Sullivan for Shadow King (The Black Library)

    Morningstar Award
    For best debut novel
  14. State of Horror: Texas "Lubbock or Leave It" now available.

    by , April 25th, 2011 at 07:36 PM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    My story, my first sale, "Lubbock or Leave It" is now available in State of Horror: Texas.

    Think zombies and humor.

    Anyway. Here are some links. No obligation.

    on Amazon Kindle $2.99

    on Lulu - print version $7.99 and eBook $2.99

    eBook on SmashWords $2.99

    Looks like all the links are good. Hope nobody minds the .. well. You know.

    Anyway, if you're looking for a sample of my ...

    Updated April 30th, 2011 at 03:13 PM by expatrie

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  15. One more character design

    Here's one more character design I thought I'd share from the Jak Phoenix universe. Enjoy!

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