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With the upcoming release of the movie, “Ender’s Game”, I thought I would listen to it again. The last time I listened to it was when I first started downloading audio books off news servers about ten years ago. I had a cheap news server with limited download and almost non existent retention. I had …Read the Rest

Galley Table 92 – The BaltiCon Surprise Mutiny

This week we were all at Balticon and had the opportunity to have Authors Scott Sigler and Abigail Hilton Hilton join us for a discussion on endings. Well that is what it was supposed to be about until Jeff changed the rules, and we had a mutiny.

Galley Table 91 The Foodie Addition

This week we talk about food and the other mundane details, and how they can add and detract from your story. And We had a sad announcement at the end. Galley Table 091 Download We get an awesome random question and more. Much much more! Joining is this week were: Zachary Ricks Doc Coleman Laura …Read the Rest

It’s Not About You

April 23, 2013
It’s Not About You

Being someone who’s constantly looking at the dark cloud that happens to be near every silver lining, I’m constantly down on myself. I think it’s one of the reasons that I’m having so much trouble getting my own fiction written, why I feel stymied and stumped with other creative projects, why things generally seem more than a …Read the Rest

The Courage to Do What’s Write – How Understanding Different Cultures Can Help your Writing

But what you can do is seek out people who are from a region or country and talk to them. Find out the little details. And double checking your research with more than one resource will help too. If you are making up a culture for sci/fi or fantasy, take the time to really invent the culture. Make the little details that will help your “alien culture” be more than just a bunch of cardboard cutouts.

Galley Table 89 – Story Endings the Good the Bad and the Mal

This week we talk about story endings. About keeping your promises to your audience. There is a lot of talk about if certain people needed to die, when they did, how that can be good and bad. Galley Table 089 Download We get an awesome random question and more. Much much more! Joining is this …Read the Rest

The Gamification of Writing

According to Wikipedia, “gamification is the use of game thinking and game mechanics in a non-game context in order to engage users and solve problems”. It’s a term I’ve in a lot of my feeds over the last couple of years, but it wasn’t until the last few months that I began to realize how …Read the Rest

The Gamification of Writing

According to Wikipedia, “gamification is the use of game thinking and game mechanics in a non-game context in order to …Read the Rest

The Courage to Do what is Write – Does Tiger have the Stories?

When Tiger had the stories, they were all dark, they started with tears and ended with blood.

Captain’s Review – A Few Good Men

A Few Good Men I was a fan of Darkship Thieves when it came out, and when I was (fortunately) stranded in a local bookstore (Book People in Austin is great), I saw that the second book in the series – Darkship Renegades was out. I was understandably excited. If you’re a fan of Heinlein’s …Read the Rest

The Courage to Do What’s Write – First Contact Day

But my question is, is the price to get there too high. According to the Star Trek time line in order for us to get to First Contact day we have to go through world war 3. According to Memory Alpha in 2053 (Only 40 years from now): World War III ends with a nuclear holocaust resulting in the deaths of some six hundred million Humans. Earth begins its long journey towards recovery.

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