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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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Aqua Vitae

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Featured, Publications, Writing | 0 comments

Aqua Vitae

Jenes Inarya wants to live to experience everything, and it just might be possible. Her quest for immortality leads her through myth and legend to the farthest reaches of the galaxy (well, so the Jericho magazine article said, although it’s prone to exaggeration). And it’s only the beginning. The rest of a very long life is about to start–but Jenes doesn’t yet know how to live it. “Aqua Vitae is only 70-pages long, but manages to pack a lot…part...

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More on the Starter Guide

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Namely, you have the chance to win some free copies!2 print copies are available through a Goodreads giveaway that closes on April 7th.Ebook copies are also available at LibraryThing in a giveaway that closes to entries this Friday, March 28th. Also, I’ve put together a list of all the posts on this blog that wound up–substantially revised, but with some similarities in structure and content–in the Starter Guide. If you found any of these posts useful or interesting,...

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Where You Can Get the Starter Guide for Professional Writers

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Blog Posts, Editing, Uncategorized, Work and Career, Writing | 0 comments

Where You Can Get the Starter Guide for Professional Writers

I’m happy to announce that The Starter Guide for Professional Writers is now available at most online retailers! The Starter Guide for Professional Writers contains everything to know so that you can begin earning money for your writing. Ten chapters address every stage of writing, revising, releasing, and promoting your first (or second, or third) published story, including what you need to:  Defeat writer’s block and finish your story Revise to make the strongest manuscript...

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WisCon Rapidfire Book Reviews #4: Aeon’s Gate: The Skybound Sea by Sam Sykes

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

WisCon Rapidfire Book Reviews #4: Aeon’s Gate: The Skybound Sea by Sam Sykes

I have a confession to make: I already took one review copy (Edge of Oblivion), but I couldn’t resist snagging this one, too. I picked it up and meant to page through it to pass the time before the auction, but then I could not put it down. The opening lines beat out a hypnotic rhythm. Gliding past them, I found myself in an oceanside slum near the home of an eldritch abomination. My inner Cthulhu fan’s tentacles twitched pleasantly. I found I liked the characters at once....

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WisCon Rapidfire Book Reviews #3: Edge of Oblivion by J.T. Geissinger

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

WisCon Rapidfire Book Reviews #3: Edge of Oblivion by J.T. Geissinger

Among the delights of WisCon was the cardboard box of free review copies in the lobby. Diving in among them, I read the back cover copy of this ARC and snagged it, always one to enjoy the occasional romance. I was expecting fantasy in a historical setting, only to find paranormal romance instead. Paranormals aren’t usually my thing, but I figured I’d give it a shot. I sat up late reading it and carried it around the next day to browse in between panels. I did set it down once the...

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WisCon Rapidfire Book Review #2: A Stranger on Olondria by Sofia Samatar

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

WisCon Rapidfire Book Review #2: A Stranger on Olondria by Sofia Samatar

Another one of the books I discovered through WisCon–in fact, I discovered Stranger in Olondria through the little sampler pamphlets Small Beer Press handed out out at WisCon 2012. This was daring promotional tactic–because the first 50 pages of this story don’t have much of the plot, though they gave a flavor for style. The style intrigued me enough that I was willing to wait for the plot, and wait I did: not only for a full year to see the book in...

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WisCon Rapidfire Book Review #1: Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

WisCon Rapidfire Book Review #1: Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

Life is busy, what with the move, the job search, and the Starter Guide, but it’s unfair of me to hold off on these reviews any longer. So: a RAPID FIRE ROUND shall commence, where I give you my thoughts on the books I discovered at WisCon this May in a few hundred words each. I wasn’t able to purchase this book at WisCon proper, but I did see it in the dealer’s room and took note of it. I was especially interested in the setting after returning from Ghana. Chinua Achebe had...

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Anatomy of Successful Crowdfunding (or, How I made 700% of my Kickstarter goal despite a godawful cover image)

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing | 0 comments

Anatomy of Successful Crowdfunding (or, How I made 700% of my Kickstarter goal despite a godawful  cover image)

What makes a successful crowdfunding project? Any number of things, I’m sure. That’s the good news. A campaign doesn’t need to be 100% successful on all fronts to make its funding goal, it just needs to do enough things well enough. But a lot rides on certain key choices you make for your campaign. In the spirit of inquiry, I’ve conducted this–is it called a “postmortem” is it’s successful beyond my wildest dreams? -No, a friend reminds me...

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A Quick, Happy Update

Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

A Quick, Happy Update

I’m in the midst of packing (I have lost track of how much packing I’ve done this year, between actually moving house to D.C. and the frequent flights to home, Vegas, LA, and Ghana) but have time to fire off some quick notes. First off, packing is a wonderful way to clean house. You really make a decision about an item’s true value if admitting its value means carrying it with you and/or finding a corner of suitcase to stuff it in. I’ve managed to clean through my story...

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