Quick rules for tightly plotted fiction

| February 26, 2010

Plot’s one of my strong points as a writer.  That’s brought home to me when I see reviews saying that the Apotheosis Trilogy is “tightly plotted.”  To my POV that is amusing because it (and its predecessor, Hostile Takeover) are, for me at least, vast sprawling shaggy dog stories that throw in just about everything […]

Rocking out with POTUS

| February 23, 2010

Deep in writing deadlines and such, so here are some videos for you all: And equal time: And a bonus clip from across the pond;

Trash picking at the Info Dump

| February 17, 2010

I09 led me to a post by Ian Sales about the dreaded Info Dump: Unless the writer has chosen to use an outsider as a protagonist – a common trick in fantasy, but much less so in science fiction – the only way the reader is going to learn anything about the world of the […]

Godwinizing Climate Change

| February 15, 2010

Me, babbling. . .

| February 12, 2010

If you missed it last night, I was on the Nightstalkers internet radio program.  I talked about werewolves, writing and Wolfbreed.  (Ain’t I alliterative?) With the exception of one technical glitch with my phone (I think you can hear me swearing) it went well.  If you missed it, don’t fret.  It should be on their […]

Will the Nation-State cease to exist?

| February 10, 2010

Remember Rollerball?  The original 1975 version with James Caan?  One of the interesting premises of the movie was the collapse of the nation-state in favor of the corporation.  That premise was somewhat prescient,  anticipating one of the main tropes of cyberpunk by almost a decade.  The idea is commonplace now, a shorthand for some deep […]

Two Blogish Things

| February 5, 2010

Blogish Thing #1: The Amazon/Macmillan thing continues rolling on, making Amazon look more and more the villian to those of us who write for a living.  Reactions are varied, and I’d like to endorse Scalzi’s call not to boycott, but to buy books from the affected authors. Also like Scalzi, I’ve decided to stop with […]

We interrupt this blog to bring you an important message. . .

| February 3, 2010

Today I’ve a guest blog post up @ SciFiGuy.ca wherein I go and mull over my current obsessions on religion and space opera in the Apotheosis Trilogy. Can you write SF about religion? It’s an interesting question because when people tend to think of Religion and SF, it almost always in terms of opposition. It […]

Audio Goodness Coming in March

| February 3, 2010

Here we see the cover of the Blackstone Audio version of Wolfbreed coming out March 20th.  Much coolness, and it’s interesting seeing a cover that’s clearly influenced by Spectra’s cover, yet different.  I can’t wait to get this on my iPod.

Heretics is out today!

| February 2, 2010

Zoe doesn’t seem too impressed, but it may be because she can’t read. If you want to buy it on-line, but you’re pissed at Amazon’s antics of late, you can buy it here. Or here.