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TV Tropes Monday: Space is an Ocean


Tweet of the Day: So it’s Sunday ——- You know the drill…is that the klaxon and a midshipman saying over the ship’s comms that this is in fact not a drill? Are we not passing through a nebula like it was a fog bank? And why are ships lining up to fire at each other […]

Space for Rent: Magical Thinking


Tweet of the Day: Snow Child ——- Have you ever come across a person that makes a ludicrous, counterfactual or wildly inaccurate statement and does it with absolute assurance that it is the unquestionable truth? Then you might be dealing with this: From the Wikipedia page: Magical thinking is causal reasoning that looks for correlation […]

World Building Wednesday: YouTube as a Research Resource


Tweet of the Day: Odd Like Us ——– YouTube? You mean the land of anime themed videos, kittens and political hack jobs? Yes, the one and the same. For you see world building is as much about research as it is about, well, building worlds. research provides the cement that glues together the raw stirs […]

TV Tropes Monday: Fantasy Counterpart Culture


  Tweet of the Day: 10 Writing Truths (Part 1) ——- It is difficult to be truly original when creating fiction, and even if one manages to pull it off, one runs the risk of putting off the audience by having one’s creation seem too strange. Much safer, then, to make your setting contain human […]

TV Tropes Monday: Historical Villain Upgrade


Tweet of the Day: Writing Excuses 6.19: Pitching ——– Every story needs a protagonist, he who stands at the center of the story. The protagonist is one of two kinds of people, 1) the prime mover of the universe who bashes down obstacles with his might (physical, mental or both) or 2) a subject of […]

TV Tropes Monday: Overranked Soldier


Tweet of the Day: Introducing the Villain ——- As a military enthusiast, one of my pet peeves of science fiction works is how author’s mangle military hiearchy in general and ranks in particular. Overranked Soldier: Over-ranked Soldier refers to a character whose rank is, quite simply, impossible for him to possess. The character’s rank is […]

Query Week: Alternatives to Queriying


NOTE: This post assumes that you, as the writer, want to snag an agent. By passing the agents or self-publishing will be covered on a later date. —– Is there is such a thing? Yes, but it takes steel nerves and a bit of luck to successfully bypass the querying process in order to land […]

Mining your research for ideas and inspiration


Get your finger out of your nose! That’s not what I meant. What I mean is that research can be more than just checking the facts, ma’am. Example #1: Names I am lousy with names. I write down one name  and then forget it. And I am lousy at coming up with names on the […]

Just Say No to UST


And what the heck is UST? Unresolved Sexual Tension Also know by it’s PG cousin “Will They or Won’t They?“ (Click on the links for a near endless yet fun list of examples, if you dare!) It should come as no surprise to my gentle readers (and the few rough ones as well) that I […]

Resources for Writers


Inspired by recent posts on research by writers  I decided to compile a short list of the go to online resources that I use while writing. These are simply places for quick answers and clues and by no means do they substitute for in depth research and analysis. In no particular order: Wikipedia: A quick […]

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