Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
A Master of Franchise Fiction, Keith DeCandido, selling and signing a lot of out of print stuff to make ends meet until the next set of projects pay off.
I've personally met the guy and he's a great person. Give his Facebook post a check and see if there's something you'd love to have on your shelf.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Along with about several other million other writers, aspiring writers and Baby Boomers who decided that they want to be writers during their retirement years.
Update: The Vampire Diaries franchise author, L.J. Smith, who was kicked offer the series is now using Kindle Worlds to get back into the series that she put on the map.
Friday, March 14, 2014
- I have a few learning disabilities that drastically slow down my output and technology has been a big help in the past.
- I've always noticed for my personal writing has two phases.
- A crazy creative phrase where I'm pacing back and forth on on the floor thinking about my story and what's happening next. Sometimes I ramble to myself or repeat lines of dialogue to get an ear for how it sounds. It's when I seem to be my most imaginative. Call it my right brain jazz.
- But then I'd sit down in my brain seems to stop when I have to meet with my fingers to type. Call it my left brain OCD.
I've also been trying to go for a new method where my first draft is all rough output to be corrected later as I go through Draft 2, Draft 3, Draft 4, etc. But I getting too distracted by all the wiggly red lines under the poor spellings, the bad grammar, etc. Distraction Free Writing Software used to help with this but then I discovered that most of the free versions of this sort of app let you get back to the Internet with Alt-Tab.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
The wildly imaginative and wildly talented China Miéville has said that you should only come up with details that enhance your story (though his earlier breakout, Perdido Street Station, went past that bar a couple of times) and that if you find yourself creating a whole separate novel as a gazetteer, then perhaps that’s more your thing.
Zelazny and his Chronicles of Amber were a big influence during my college days. Even though he wrote in a tight, noir style, he created universes made from scratch. Sometimes those details became relevant to the plot and other times it was just create a sense of how varied the multiverse can be.
Zelazny’s worlds felt lived in yet, I get a vibe that Zelazny did a lot of world building by the seat of his pants. I’m sure that a lot more world building got left on the cutting room floor, but there are still plenty of back story hinted that made one feel as if Amber had existed before you opened the book and that it would still be there even after you finished the story. He had no fear in putting things that turned out to be red herrings and intriguing back stories.
Of course, he wrote his books in a different time. With every thing living forever on the Internets, where fans can comb and cross reference every bit, I think that stifles authors a bit these days and some might fear that every bit and bobble has to be accounted for.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I enjoyed South Florida's Ren Faire and this little fellow was part of a falconry exhibit.
This fair was not as fun as they had been in the past, though, because of two reasons.
My long-time friend who volunteered for Ren Faire every year moved away. I missed her and getting to hang out with the "Players." Didn't feel the same this time.
They changed the layout so you must walk past a good chunk of the vendor booths and the food court before getting to most of the shows and ... more vendor booths. I'm going to browse through it all anyway, I'd like to take in a show or two first, thank you.
Still fun, just tiny bit of bittersweet (about the size of this owl) sprinkled in for flavor.