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Posted by on Dec 20, 2019 in Blog Posts, Publications, Work and Career | 0 comments

Release Day

Three collections of revised and reprinted short fiction are out today! John Kosichev and Other Heroes: Stories of Resistance In small ways and large, ordinary people and extraordinary ones defy the regimes that would crush them. Available on Amazon and wider distributors through Draft2Digital – and in paperback!   The Astrologer’s Telling: Stories of Worlds Ending and the Cost of Survival What would you be willing to sacrifice to go on? And when going on becomes impossible, what...

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New Story Collections: Heroes, Apocalypse, Loyalty and Betrayal

Posted by on Nov 29, 2019 in Blog Posts, Featured, Publications, Work and Career, Writing | 0 comments

New Story Collections: Heroes, Apocalypse, Loyalty and Betrayal

Embarrassment is a poor motivation for writing, so I won’t be ashamed about how little readers have seen of me over the past few years. I haven’t been wasting my time – I’ve edited dozens of amazing novels, helped to plan two Waukesha County Sustainability Fairs, and found out this online dating thing might be all it’s cracked up to be (even if it means off-line interactions require an hour-long drive. I’m taking audiobook recommendations, by the way!). All...

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Before Editing: A Recommended Reading List

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Editing, Featured, Work and Career, Writing Advice | 0 comments

Before Editing: A Recommended Reading List

Part of being an editor is noticing patterns—the motion of a character arc, the raveling of a resolution, or the fact that the past five paragraphs have all started with the same word. Here’s another pattern: I’ve been recommending certain articles and books to almost every client I work with, year after year. So why not share them here once and for all? These 12 short articles and 6 books delve into the writing techniques I comment on most frequently. Many of them formed the core of my own...

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Welcome 2018! (What I read in 2017 and where you can find me this year)

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized, Work and Career | 0 comments

During the fresh, can-do spirit of the beginning of a new year, it seems like a good time to have another swing at writing for this blog! As I expected last year, blogging hasn’t been my biggest priority, though I’m glad I was able to get some book reviews and publication announcements in last year. So what HAVE I been doing? Fair question! Two big things, mostly: reading, and being paid for reading. (That is, copyediting. And also writing, of course!) 2017 was the first year I...

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Can you help find my dad’s lost paintings?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Can you help find my dad’s lost paintings?

Hello, all, and happy Labor Day weekend! After the Sustainability Fair (which was awesome), I have some time to take on another project. And it’s this: I’m on a scavenger hunt for my late father’s paintings. They were accidentally donated before he passed away, probably to the St Vincent de Paul shop in West Bend (we think in 2015, but could be anytime between December 2013-August 2016). They’re oil on canvas in a range of sizes. It would be wonderful to have these...

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The First Green Alliance Sustainability Fair is this Saturday!

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

The First Green Alliance Sustainability Fair is this Saturday!

If you’re in Southeastern Wisconsin this weekend and interested in learning more about environmental sustainability, I hope you’ll stop by this event to check out the exhibits, presentations, guided hikes, even the rock climbing wall and drum circles. The Sustainability Fair has been more than a year in the making–and as part of the planning team behind it, I sometimes wonder if we only got so far because we didn’t stop to think about the scale of what we were creating!...

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Book Review: The Unholy Consult by R. Scott Bakker

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews | 6 comments

Book Review: The Unholy Consult by R. Scott Bakker

The final book in any great series has a certain weight. Often literally. When I unwrapped my review copy of The Unholy Consult (many thanks to Overlook Press), it was as substantial as I could wish. Yet a lot of that weight is appendices–including two short stories, maps, and a glossary more than 100 pages long. The story itself is just 450 pages. At first glance, this seems too short given everything that’s gone before. And it is. Alternatively, the “Second...

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Heroic Fantasy Author Q&A, Bonus

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Blog Posts, Work and Career, Writing Advice | 0 comments

Heroic Fantasy Author Q&A, Bonus

Flame Tree Publishing has posted the second part of its Q&A with the authors of the stories in Heroic Fantasy. This time, we talk about our writing and editing methods and recommend some of our favorite reads in the genre. Take a look and something might inspire you!   Though each author answered both questions, method and favorite stories, only one of our answers could be shared because of space constraints. So here’s my favorite heroic fantasy: When I was writing my first...

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Heroic Fantasy Author Q&A

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Blog Posts, Work and Career, Writing | 0 comments

Heroic Fantasy Author Q&A

Flame Tree Publishing’s gorgeous hardcover Heroic Fantasy anthology will be released July 31st. As the date approaches, contributors are sharing the inspirations behind our stories at the Flame Tree blog.  From writing challenges to a love of H.P. Lovecraft and Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog to pure stubbornness because someone said you should never do something, it’s a interesting peak under the hood. Previews of the book are available in Flame Tree’s store.   Heroic...

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Book Review: The Great Ordeal by R. Scott Bakker

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews | 0 comments

Book Review: The Great Ordeal by R. Scott Bakker

The Great Ordeal–penultimate volume of the Aspect Emperor No-Longer-A-Trilogy, the conclusion of which, The Unholy Consult, was released yesterday–is not only a compelling novel but also very useful as a physical object. A nine-inch by six-inch by three-inch rectangle with the words THE GREAT ORDEAL across the front in an emphatic font is basically the world’s best portable Demotivator. I read this book at the tail end of 2016.  Which was not, by any possible standards, a...

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