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  1. 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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  2. How many fantasy categories do we need?

    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

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  3. Books in December

    by , January 1st, 2011 at 12:00 AM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    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 (typos.)

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  4. Support new Kindle authors

    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.
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  5. Gemmell Nomination for Shadow's Son

    Hey folks,

    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.
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  6. Farewell 2010, Happy New Year

    by , December 31st, 2010 at 12:18 PM (Comic relief)
    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 ...
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  7. Moving on

    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.
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  8. Top 15 of 2010!

    My SF novel, The Venom of Vipers, was selected as one of the top 15 books of 2010 by the Journal of Always!

    /happy dance
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  9. 2001: Extended edition?

    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:
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  10. Lest we forget...

    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 ...
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  11. Maybe I Goofed

    I recently self-published my first novel. Now that I have some distance with it I begin to see why I may have goofed.

    For one, I start with a struggle between necromancers and Michaeline priests. This apparent has given some the wrong idea about the book.

    I also weave a prophecy into the plot. It is a turn off for some.

    The plot is also a simple one. Characters must protect precious gem. Gem is stolen. Thief gets away. Characters must recovery ...
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  12. Swords and cameras

  13. Let it snow!

    I live near Atlanta, GA, USA, which doesn't tend to get a whole lot of snow. This is my first winter here, and wouldn't you know, we had the first white Christmas in over 100 years... and I wasn't even around to witness it. (According to wsbradio.com, "The last measurable snow on Christmas Day was in 1882 when a quarter of an inch accumulated.") I spent my Christmas in north Florida where it did snow a little but not enough to stick anywhere.

    For Christmas, my brother gave ...

    Updated December 27th, 2010 at 10:19 PM by kcmay

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  14. I am indulged

    by , December 26th, 2010 at 06:56 AM (Comic relief)
    Everyone I know drifts between amused and condescending about my passion for comics but it does prove useful at Christmas time for them (and me!!! )

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  15. New year's resolution

    Christmas rolls around again, and brings with it roughly the halfway point of my school holidays. I do hate to be unhappy on this day, but i can't escape a small feeling of guilt at having written barely anything so far in my time off. However, there is a solution for any guilt felt at this time: the new year's resolution. If anyone has tips to get my creative juices flowing, they will be extremely well-received. Merry Christmas!
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