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Category: Writing

The Importance of Epic Fantasy

  The Importance of Epic Fantasy I recently read an essay by author Stephen R. Donaldson about Epic Fantasy which was quite thought-provoking:  Stephen R. Donaldson: Epic Fantasy: Necessary Literature. A few excerpts from that article, along with some of my own thoughts: “If we take it as given (I do) that the underlying purpose…
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Writers of the Future, Part II

Writers of the Future, Part II Well, I just hit the submit button on my first writing competition.  This is a big first step toward establishing a writing career.  Have to say it would be nice to win, but the fact that I committed myself to writing the story and submitting it is already a…
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Writers of the Future

Writers of the Future I’ve had my laptop to the grindstone this week.  I previously started a short story/novella to submit to Writers of the Future for their first quarter competition this year.  I had the entire story outlined and approximately 2,500 words written.  Since the deadline is fast approaching I decided it was time…
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Writing Resources

Writing Resources A very good friend gave me a wonderful book recently:  Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction by Orson Scott Card, Philip Athans, Jay Lake and the Editors of Writer’s Digest. Not the kind of book to read straight through for pleasure necessarily, but I’m finding it to be a great resource for my writing.…
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Snow Day

Snow Day-3/5/15 Not used to snow storms in March, but this was one hell of a storm.  We had 16 inches of snow in our front yard, and 20 inches in the back.  Took us 2 1/2 hours to shovel out the cars and driveway.  Otherwise, a most enjoyable day. I spent a good bit…
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Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day Thanks to Authors Publish Magazine I have to say I’ve found this to be true.  The more I write, the more I want to write.

The Influence of Batman

The Influence of Batman Since I was a little kid I’ve always been fascinated by Batman.  I grew up watching Adam West and Burt Ward fighting Caesar Romero, Burgess Merdith, Frank Gorshin, and Julie Newmar (the only Real Catwoman, Earth Kitt, Blech!).  Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel.  I even had a talking Batman alarm…
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Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day Thanks to Authors Publish for this one which fully explains why I write:

Writing Mastery with David Farland

For Christmas 2014 I enrolled in David Farland’s Writing Mastery class.  The class is online, with ten assignments designed to be accomplished at your own pace.  One of the greatest benefits is the online meeting with David Farland.  Dave holds live video chat conferences, usually three to four times per week, depending upon his schedule. …
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A Brave New Blog

A Brave New Blog by Jay S. Willis I aim to misbehave, er, I mean write.  Thus, the birth of a Blog. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, though the form has changed over the years.  From handwritten, stapled-together books in Elementary school, letters to friends out of the country as…
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