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Weekend Roundup: May 15-21


Tweet of the Day: Rapture Reading Suggestions ——- So what happened last week? Sun- The Sunday Tweet dealt with sparkly vamps, ponies (OMGPONIES!!!!!111!!!) and David Mitchell. Mon- TV Tropes Monday brought to you by the letter Z for Zeerust (not the Z-Word). What happens when your sci-fi ideas get stale? Zeerust happens. Tue- Continuing our […]

Short Story Friday: The Gate-Aftermath


Tweet of the Day: Edge: Michael Crichton’s Congo ——- P.1 – P.12b ——- -Data Corruption at 81% ——- “Fight,” I said. With those words I rose upwards through the glass floor. Higher until I was level with Joseph. I punched him in the ear. He staggered back, fired streams of lighting, but my armor absorbed […]

Interview with a Character: Stephen “The Ringer”


Tweet of the Day: Borders in Fantasy —— Re-posted with Maryjblog permission: Stephen “The Ringer” Zielanowski has politely requested that he be interviewed at his home in Lenape Township, New Jersey, where he and his son Jacob, age 30 months, are spending the afternoon while his wife and daughter attend a Girls Only Mani-Pedi birthday […]

Wizards’ World War: Dispatch 8-The Lion’s Den


Tweet of the Day: Why  You Should Spend More Time on Character Than Action. ——- Intro- Dispatches – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 ——- River Walk, Lansing, MI, July 23rd 2:44 p.m. I watched the dark cool waters of the Lansing river run by. The occasional jogger […]

Sci-Fi: Galactic Empire


Tweet of the Day: Staying Out of the Story ——- This is what Wikipedia has to say about Galactic Empires: Galactic empires are a common trope used in science fiction and science fantasy, particularly in space opera. Many authors have either used a galaxy-spanning empire as background, or written about the growth or decline of […]

TV Tropes Monday: Zeerust


Tweet of the Day: How Do I Begin My Novel? ——– Science fiction emerged in the 19th century during the Industrial Age. Technology infused society. Writers and the public, mesmerized by it imagined a world transformed by newer and more powerful gadgets.  Writers of the day predicted vast fleets of airships traversing the skies, steam […]

Sunday Tweet: Fangs for the Memories


Tweet of the Day: Fangs for the Memories ——– I know, an incredibly lame pun. But sometimes you just have to roll with it, as did Diane Dooley in her post about the fading vampire (with a short story bonus!) Sure you can find vamps everywhere, but that’s the problem. They went from dark creatures […]

Weekend Roundup: May 8-14


Tweet of the Day: The Fall of Book Publishing: The Rise of New E-Book Business Models ——- Two weeks of nothing but net, I mean posts. So far so good. This week was a busy one, from feudal futures to final showdowns. It went something like this: Sun: Writing the (dreaded) query letter. Still working […]

Short Story Friday: The Gate p.12b-The King Under the Mountain


Tweet of the Day: List of Dark Fantasy Novels ——– P.1 – P.2 – P.3 – P.4 -P.5 – P.6a – P.6b – P.7 – P.8 – P.9 – P.10 – P.11 – P.12a – Aftermath ——– -Data Corruption at 41% ——- Dargo-Lhud landed atop a small mesa. Below us stretched the armies of the […]

Repost: On Politics, Religion and Speculative Fiction


Tweet of the Day: Who is the Greatest Dragon? ——– In the spirit of full, honest and complete disclosure, I am a liberal. Why did I just write that? Because it informs my worldview and by extension my writing. So does my religion or lack thereof (I am an agnostic). Anyone that thinks that you […]

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