Jan 26

On Fantasy/Historic Archery: Guest Post by David Watson

Posted: under Background, Life beyond writing.
Tags: , , ,  January 26th, 2015

David Watson, known in the SCA as Master Iolo, is a crossbow maker and experienced archer who has studied archery in warfare a long time, including visits to museums in the US and Europe.   Here’s his take on the recently very popular YouTube videos of superfast shooting, including by people who insist that they’ve discovered historical truths unknown to mere sport shooters.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan 16

Brief Explanatory Post

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Tags:  January 16th, 2015

The other two in the family were in a car wreck today.   They were rear-ended while stopped behind another car, waiting to turn when the light changed.  They’re OK; car is now in for repair.   I am buried in work.   Sorry about that; it’s going to be this way for a couple of weeks at least.   Only some of the LifeStuff was expected, and that’s not even counting the car.

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Jan 11

Dancing With A Dragon

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Tags:  January 11th, 2015

…that is, with Dragon Naturally Speaking.   This is my first day of working with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I’m hoping to use it to make blog posts, email, and tweets on Twitter. This will save my fingers a lot of work. So far I’ve gotten it to work for emails for some posts but not on Twitter yet. Right now I’m using it. It definitely changes the rhythm of my writing. It’s also slower than writing right now.

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Jan 08

Progress Report

Posted: under contest, Deeds of Honor, Good News, Life beyond writing, the writing life.
Tags: , ,  January 8th, 2015

First, for those wishing for a print form of DEEDS OF HONOR.   A POD version will appear.  I don’t know when yet, or have the details, but sales were good enough in the first couple of weeks of the e-book to trigger the “How would you feel about a POD version?” question from the powers that be.  And I said “Sure, fine, let’s do it.”    More when I know more.

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Dec 26

Nose to the Grindstone & Contest

Posted: under contest, the writing life.
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NewBook is growing nicely, at 210 pages, moving right along every time I sit down to it,  so I think we need a contest to end this year and start the next.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 25

Merry Christmas & Best Wishes

Posted: under Life beyond writing.
Tags:  December 25th, 2014

It’s being a windy, sunny Christmas Day here, and I wish all who celebrate it a Merry one wherever you are.  For those with other traditions,  the same sentiment of joy and peace and goodwill expressed in your way and toward your own traditions.  Happy Holidays, best wishes for a joyful, peaceful, prosperous New Year.

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Dec 24

Craft of Writing: Formatting Manuscripts

Posted: under the writing life.
Tags:  December 24th, 2014

This is a very brief post relating to a comment someone made awhile back (and I’m too rushed this morning to look up–apologies.)   But I want to answer this while I think of it, since I meant to back then and didn’t.

What I remember is that I mentioned how many pages of the new book I had, and what the wordage was, and someone was surprised that it took that many pages (or was it that few??) for that number of words.

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Dec 20

Craft of Writing: Ah, Research!

Posted: under Background, the writing life.
Tags: , ,  December 20th, 2014

Fantasy requires as much research as science fiction, but slanted somewhat differently.  Or so it feels in my head, because the SF stories and the fantasy stories are situated in different places, not just fictionally, but psychologically.  As it happens, I like both kinds of research (and I also like flying without wings, sometimes, as in the CHICKS stories–no research there, nuh-uh.)   At any rate, I knew the new Vatta book would demand considerable research, despite being set in the same universe, because it’s set largely on planet.   The nail-biting moments (well, most of them) will be down in the gravity well.   And–just because it had to be, the story demanded it–much of it is in environments I have never personally experienced.   (Of course, the space-based stories are in environments I’ve never experienced, but not even our current astronauts have either, so…there’s more wiggle room.  Still research, but not likely to find someone who says “I served in an interstellar empire’s space navy and you’re completely wrong about the tactics of space warfare and not only that your conception of ship design is ridiculous.”

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Dec 16

So Why That One?

Posted: under Background, E-books, Life beyond writing, Marketing, the writing life.
Tags: , ,  December 16th, 2014

Somebody’s going to ask “So why that story and not that other one you mentioned you were writing/had written?”   Some decisions were easy.  One of the Paksworld stories I was working on came to a halt, hooves stuck in the ground, back up in a hump, neck stretched out, ears flat and would. not. budge.   It’s not a failure to thrive: it’s a story telling me I made a mistake, that’s not how it goes, and it’s not going to cooperate until I take it where it wants to go.  But it won’t tell me.  Eventually, left alone out there in the pasture, it will come wandering up to my mental cabin, climb up the step to the porch, and stomp on the porch.  But it didn’t choose to do that before the time I had to have stories turned in, so…maybe next time.

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Dec 15

Craft of Writing: “But Nobody Will Buy It”

Posted: under Craft, the writing life.
Tags: ,  December 15th, 2014

This post is the promised one about living with another kind of failure.  You wrote the story; you think it’s a good enough story to submit for publication; you give it one or several final polishes.   And all you get for the submission is a rejection.   Now what?

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