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,
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
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...
Let me know what you think.
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On the Antipodean SF site.
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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
I was on Duotrope the other day looking for a market for one of my short stories and was completely frustrated and confused by all the categories for fantasy stories they list. But they aren't to blame. They are only a reflection of the markets they serve. But it makes me think, how many categories do we need?
They list the following (this is not a complete list)
contemporary, dark fantasy, gothic, heroic, light fantasy, urban, science, magic realism, and historical. They
Updated January 3rd, 2011 at 04:39 PM by feitelberg
No Plot? No Problem! - Chris Baty. I read this one every year during National Novel Writing Month. The crazy thing is I've read it probably six times and this time through I found two typos. Go figure. Long form, Chris' book is the one that 'started it all' for me back in 2006. I've always had that idea in the back of my mind but never took writing that seriously, or seriously at all until I read this book. It's good, and it holds up. It's not crammed with stupid advice, and in fact, it's
Updated April 1st, 2011 at 08:57 PM by expatrie
Amazon has provided a wonderful resource in a new path for authors trying to break into the field. Traditionally a fledging author would try to get either agents or publishers behind their product. However, agents and publishers have hundreds of unsolicited works to pour through and it is a tough sell.
Amazon has developed a self publishing offer such that if you can get your work into MS Word they can convert it to a Kindle compatible format and put it out for sale.
I usually don't toot my own horn around here, but I'd like to share that my book, Shadow's Son (Pyr Books), has been nominated for the David Gemmell Award for Fantasy in two categories (Legend and Morningstar). It's voted by fans. There are some great books nominated this year, and I don't really think I have a chance, but I would sure appreciate the support.
Thanks everyone, and have a great New Years.
The snow has trailed away to dirty patches at roadsides that escape a thing tenuously described as the sun. The cold no longer bites in the open air and we are left to reflect on the passing of the science fiction year, 2010.
It was positive for me in many ways, I got a new job, met a few good people and wrote more than I'd expected, though admittedly the bar wasn't set high in that regard. Personal health and fitness was a disappointing downside however. Twenty five excess pounds
Well, I decided to rewrite the beginning of my novel and put it away for now.
I'm thinking that the second book is much better so if I can sell that one, maybe I'll have a chance to revise the first one.
We'll see. If not, I chalk it up to experience and move on. The lesson here is don't accept advice from 'experts' until they prove they know what they are talking about.
My SF novel, The Venom of Vipers, was selected as one of the top 15 books of 2010 by the Journal of Always!
One more piece of news, good I think, from Entertainment News, via Locus Magazine:
17 minutes of never before scenes that didn't make the final cut of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey have turned up, in of all places, an underground salt mine vault in Kansas. Warner Brothers' discovery of the old 17 minutes of a science fiction classic was revealed by Douglas Trumbull and David Larson while the two were publicly discussing their canceled documentary 2001: Beyond the Infinite:
Belated Christmas greetings to one and all.
I hope you all got what you wanted/deserved (not always the same thing!)
Today has been one of those days in-between Xmas and the New Year, but the date has been jiggling itself around in my head as 'a date of importance' all day.
It was as I was tidying up the SFFWorld SF Review of the Year for 2010 that I suddenly twigged.
Today (or rather tonight!) is the 70th 'anniversary' of the heaviest