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My China Odyssey

Sunday, 08, June , 2014 by

For the past year I’ve immersed myself in Chinese culture, reading biographies, histories, novels and articles, even cramming a little Mandarin. My next novel takes place in the Middle Kingdom and I wanted it to feel authentic. Luckily, I live in the age of information. Never before has it been so easy for someone to

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Maybe you’re one of those few writers who have infinitely supportive friends and family? Your family doesn’t need constant attention. They don’t see writing as some kind of threat to your love for them. When you say you’re going to write they wish you well and never once call out to you to check something

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Sometimes you get a rejection letter that just makes you want to quit.  I usually don’t stress about query letters that get rejected.  I spent a lot of time perfecting my most recent query letter and I’ve gotten good response to it.  It’s the rejections you get after the agent requested a partial or a

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Twitter and the Plague of Insipid Tweets

Saturday, 24, September , 2011 by

One of the problems with power to the people is that a lot of people don’t have anything interesting to say. For a long time I avoided Twitter, afraid that it was riddled with insipid, ridiculous micro-posts.  When I finally got on there I found out I was right.  And completely wrong. It didn’t take

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It All Comes Down to Tits and Guns

Monday, 19, September , 2011 by

Over a decade ago, when I set out to create my future history of the world timeline, I realized I needed to figure out what drives technological advances, in order to try and predict the  future.  It didn’t take long to realize that the twin drives of sex and war spawned or accelerated much of

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Women Warriors and Mythology

Sunday, 11, September , 2011 by

I’ve always loved fierce woman and that’s reflected in my characters.  In my latest work I set out to create powerful woman warriors, so I naturally turned to the rich mythologies of India and Greece to provide my templates.  My main character, Jovanna, is crafted after the Indian Goddess Devi and one of her most

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Books on Writing

Sunday, 04, September , 2011 by

Writers read a lot of books about writing. Over time the collective wisdom of these writing books builds up and helps add to unconscious competence.  A book by itself won’t make you a better writer.  It’s as simple as that.  Only working diligently at the craft makes you a better writer.  You read to learn,

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This is a first in a series of articles that shows how technology I’ve imagined in my writing will change the world, speed our evolution and prove essential to our survival.  First off, with some exceptions, I haven’t invented all of the tech in my work.  Sci-Fi, as a genre, draws on many sources.  Often

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Novel Excerpt: The Scorpion Game

Tuesday, 30, August , 2011 by

This is an excerpt from my first novel, THE SCORPION GAME.  Read the first chapter below!  You can also download the PDF version here. In 2458, on a continent sized starship with its own atmosphere and an entire civilization churning inside, the poor live in rotting organic cities and the rich live in massive orbital

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Timeline – Age of Transcendence

Sunday, 21, August , 2011 by

For years, I’ve kept a timeline of future events that help guide and influence all the stories in my Age of Transcendence universe.  I’ve always informally called it the Future History of the World.  I’ve altered it at times, to fit my needs or to reflect current events, though it has remained remarkable consistent and

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All right, I’ll admit it, I’ve got a thing for Asian girls and tattoos, so it’s only natural that tatted up Asian girls end up in my work.  In my newest novel, the heroine changes bodies often.  Such is the way of post-humanity in my vision.  I picture our lives as fluid and changeable as

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Story Fragment

Tuesday, 05, October , 2010 by

This is a short story fragment that I’ve always liked but never been able to finish.  I just couldn’t find the right story to fit around it.  I may have just found a use for it in my latest book.  But then again, I’ve thought that before.  Either way, I’ve always loved it and hoped

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