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  1. Trials of Abner Maris v1 - Log 1

    The first episode of my hoping-to-be-drawn soon webcomic

    First Log is slightly too big so I'm posting the final few pages in the comments section.


    Trials of Abner Maris v1 Looking In

    Log 1

    Page 1

    Log Overview: Nightmare sequence (first four pages) of baby Abner being abandoned by his parents who launch him into space. Then we learn that Abner can actually survive in space without a suit or any accroutements. ...
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  2. Did I write a gaming novel?

    About six weeks ago I released my first novel, Aure the Topaz, book 1 of the Aglaril Cycle.

    Since then I've gotten feedback from readers (friends of mine) who say this is a gaming novel. And while I understand that fantasy RPG players will probably pick up a few ideas on how to play and react to situations (GMs too, btw), I don't know that I would call it a gaming novel.

    The argument for it being a gaming novel is that the characters have classes like in D&D. But ...
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  3. Ragnarok Fantasy Part Eight

    Happy new year guys! Here's a funny old Viking joke for you...

    A raven walks into an ale-house and says, 'Got any bread?'
    The Viking barkeep says, 'No, this is an ale-house. We sell ale, not bread.'
    The raven walks out, then walks back in and says, 'Got any bread?'
    The Viking gets angry and says, 'I told you mate, this is an ale-house; we don't sell bread. If you ask me again I'll nail your damn beak to the bar!'
    The raven walks out, then walks back in ...
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  4. No such thing as writers block?

    Recently I watched an interview of my favorite author R.A. Salvatore, during the interview a girl asked him how he overcomes writers block and he..well, dropped some knowledge. He believes that there is no such thing as writers block and its just an excuse for laziness and lack of confidence. If you just continue to write the story will flow, even if you have to do some deleting later on. I actually find some logic in what he says and will never use the excuse of writers block again. What are your ...
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  5. Top four of 2010!

    My debut novel, The Kinshield Legacy, was just named one of the top four reads of 2010 at DailyCheapReads.com!

    I can't tell you how excited and thrilled I am! As a writer, there's *nothing* better than hearing that people are enjoying my books. I may have a tough time breaking through the indie barrier, but I'm chipping away little by little!

    My week has been made!

    Updated January 7th, 2011 at 09:00 PM by kcmay

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  6. Catching up to the horse

    The writing didn't go all that well last year, no published credits to add to the two from late in the previous year and although I wrote a lot of words it was spread thin enough to not really seem that much. It wasn't nothing either though

    So I am beginning this year playing catch-up in some respects. I've bogged myself down in the same old pages, rewriting and fiddling in the hope I will eventually break new ground. That must change this year, which means finishing pieces, getting ...

    Updated January 9th, 2011 at 03:36 PM by kater

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  7. Launch of new newspaper - the Galactic Echo!

    Good people of the sffworld.com, I would like to announce the launch of a new newspaper I have self-published.

    It is an idea I got a while back, and after getting the (now sadly becoming more common for authors) rejections for getting it published I decided to purchase an internet domain and put it on the net.

    It is a newspaper reporting on all aspects of life, including society, sport, politics, etc, in fact pretty much like a typical newspaper that you would get from ...

    Updated January 5th, 2011 at 03:42 PM by Galactic News

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  8. Book giveaway

    I'm having the cover of The Venom of Vipers redone by this guy, so I'm trying to get rid of the copies I have with the old cover. If you're a Goodreads member (or sign up to be one) & a US resident, you can enter the giveaway:
    http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sh...enom-of-vipers

    I pay the shipping, but sorry-- I'm too cheap to ship internationally. :P

    It's more of a sci-fi thriller than straight sci-fi, but if you like that kind of book (along ...

    Updated January 5th, 2011 at 08:47 AM by kcmay

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  9. Writing groups--lessons learned?

    by , January 4th, 2011 at 12:30 PM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    Inspiration: Feitelberg's blog entry from 2009. Yes, I know, thread resurrection of a sort.

    But it got me thinking I might offer some helpful advice on writing groups and keeping them together.

    I am in a writing group (I won't oversell that and say I lead it, but I do set the meeting dates based on member consensus, push for topics and to fill critique slots, etc.) that meets about every three weeks, barring major holidays, November (more on that later), and December. ...
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  10. Writing software

    I love books on writing. I have over 70 of them on my shelf right now. Books on plotting and characterization, self-editing and setting, description and prose style -- they're all there. For a while, maybe 8-10 years ago, I started looking for writing software. I bought Dramatica and WritePro and Power Structure. I tried yWriter and WriteWay and Who Knows What Else. And then I went back to good ol' Word.

    Don't get me wrong. Word drives me as crazy as the next person. But I know it, ...
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  11. A scientist reviewed my SF novel

    My college degree was in Russian. I don't have a formal education in science, though I love the physical sciences as a lay person. Mostly I write fantasy. The Venom of Vipers was my first real attempt at writing sci-fi, and my biggest fear was that some scientist would come along and blow my cover, revealing me as a hack. I did quite a bit of research, but I pulled some of the science out of my behind and prayed it was plausible enough to squeak by.

    Yesterday, I got a review from ...
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  12. Book Teaser

    I've seen book teasers as a new and interesting way to advertise books, so I thought I'd have a crack at it... so I re-did some of my pictures from my doodle books (up to 14 years worth of idle drawings) and mocked up my own teaser...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dqqKYwvv2Y

    Let me know what you think.
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  13. My new "Alien Hunter" series just started

    This should be the link:

    http://www.goldenvisionsmagazine.biz/AlienHunter.html

    Cheers
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  14. Had another flash fiction story published on Aussie sci-fi site

    On the Antipodean SF site.

    This should be the link:

    http://www.antisf.com/the-stories/internet-writer

    Cheers
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  15. Starting Fast

    I've been reading deeply for quite a while into fitness and health, though never put as much of it into practise as I should, and lately I came across the idea of fasting.

    Now, not eating for longer periods of time does give me headaches and the appeal of not eating is limited to say the least. However, after the epic fail of last year in regards to healthy easting and exercise I'm willing to try some new things.

    The science behind fasting I'm not entirely sold on ...
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