Tag Archive: writing

Utopias

Utopias are an interesting thing, and quite often a topic of lots of sci-fi. (And their more dramatic half dystopias.) Atlas Obscura has a great map of failed utopias in the US.  I was kind of surprised by the nudist colony in the 1900s. And apparently not just one of them but there were lots? What? Huh. It does reinforce the idea that we just aren’t that shiny or new. There are lots of things that seem progressive that have much…
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Peeves?

A couple of interesting posts about pet peeves when reading made me think about it a bit. (Thank you Allison Maruska and the link she shared to A Writer’s Path!) My pet peeves I think these change. Mary Sue? I’m currently kind of unbothered by Mary Sue and I have thoughts about how much is that really a problem in the way that we hate the character, and how much is it a problem in the way we talk about…
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Missing

What real life things are missing from fiction? Jocelyn at 52 Letters wrote a great post about the Top Ten Parts of High School she wishes YA authors talked about more. Really good to think about, but fantastic if you write YA. I don’t write a lot of YA at least nothing that happens in high school. I’ve been thinking a little about what is missing from other fiction. (I’m also a bit inspired by the great series Elizabeth Rose…
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Voice

Jacquelyn Lorin has a fantastic post about voice and branding. I’ve been thinking about this. She talks about branding and platform and does a brilliant job so I’d recommend just reading that. Voice It is something I struggle with. Unsurprisingly. I think most people have when they start writing. At least there is a lot of stuff out there you can read about finding it and I don’t really get any of it. Oddly I have (I think) a very…
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October!

Fall is coming! (I promise, even if it is hot and sticky right now.) With fall comes Halloween. I’m working on getting ready for October episodes and am looking for Halloween themed stories. October suggestions Ghosts falling in love Werewolf puppies trick or treating Secret lives of jack-o-lanterns My piece has a werewolf, a witch, and a vampire. Not that they’d be recognizable as that compared with modern versions, but hopefully a bit of a more old-fashioned tale. But old-fashioned…
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Dress Code

I’ve been reading a lot of stuff lately and feeling very admonished. I think a lot of what I’ve been reading has been a bit like sending out the dress code to the whole office when you really need to talk to the one guy in dirty board shorts and flip flops. (There may or may not be some parallels to my job as well.) There’s a thing that happens at not great workplaces when someone is breaking a rule…
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S1.21 An Axe

An Axe is written by Mariah Avix. An Axe is a Smoke Jumper story. Look for Faye’s novella, Summer Solace, in the spring. Mariah Avix is the creator of 600 Second Saga. A space for developing authors to explore the realms of science fiction and fantasy in 10 minutes or less every week. Mariah writes magical tales of how technology will change our world, and technologically laced tales of magic, that probably isn’t real. She is currently working on a…
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Death and Weddings

I’ve been plotting out a Smoke Jumper novella. I’ve been wanting to write a mystery for a while and the idea came to me for a murder set at a destination wedding. So I’ve been researching death and weddings. It’s been…weird. First the wedding! I’ve been making a Pinterest board. Just like other Pinterest board makers. Except my thought when I look at something is, “Would this make a good clue?” “Would this make a good red herring?” “How will…
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iOS Writing Apps

I’ve been thinking about and setting up iOS apps for writing. (I’m still pretty sure that I’m going to get an iPad Pro this fall.) Firefox: I’ve been doing all my writing stuff in FF on my desktop and have it synced so it knows all the stuff about me. Pintrest: Pintrest keeps telling me I should use the iPad app. I’m trying to be better about using social media, including this one. (Check out my Smoke Jumper Wedding thing,…
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Distribution

For Dangerous Metal I went the self-publishing route, and some of my reasons for that were in last week’s post. Today I’m going to talk about distribution, why I am distributing the way I am. First a failure! Personally, I read on iBooks most of the time. If I have the option to read in iBooks or Kindle I pick iBooks every time. (I read enough on iBooks that I got enough money back to buy a couple of new…
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