No Man’s Sky: A Science Fiction Novelist (And Grown-Up Nerdy Girl) Reviews the Game

Before I review No Man’s Sky, you need to know two things about me. Well, three, but if you’re reading my blog, I’m assuming you already know I’m a professional SF novelist. So, two. ONE: Back in 1970 when I was nine, we moved from Ohio — where I’d spent my entire life to that point — to Alaska, and … Continue reading →

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Writing contest sites, and fiction versus the NBA

I never recommend writing contest sites that charge an entry fee. No exceptions. I’ve never entered one, because I was out to make a living from my writing, and contests were an unnecessary diversion from my path. Your mileage may vary. But I received an interesting request from someone building a “perpetual writing contest site” and once I removed all … Continue reading →

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Apple is Fighting for YOUR Right to Privacy

I bitch about Apple being a pain in the ass for not keeping old document formats for me on new systems. I don’t like the Apple store’s “Walled Garden” approach. And I think the newest iPhones are so ugly and crippled that I got a Samsung instead. I disagree rabidly with their “free tech to people in crappy countries” program—which … Continue reading →

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Tom Vetter Hits #11 on Amazon’s Bestseller List

Tom Vetter holds the #11 spot this morning in Adventures and Discoveries World History on Amazon’s Bestseller List! The book jumped significantly overnight, from the high 300,000s overall to 28,289 right now, and he’s sold most of his first editions. The author’s page with first editions is here: http://www.tomvetterbooks.com/i-read-from-30000-leagues-undersea-authors-intro/ The book on Amazon is here: http://www.amazon.com/000-Leagues-Undersea-Submariner-Submergence-ebook/dp/B00VERWICQ/ … Continue reading →

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The Indie Authors’ Advent Calendar? Brilliant!

I think both readers and writers will find this a simply brilliant idea. A group of writers has banded together to create a series fiction advent calendar. Each of the writers has done a series story, and different parts of it will be posted throughout the advent season. You go to the calendar, click the links as they become available, … Continue reading →

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Self-Publishers: New numbers you need NOW

I did that interview with Simon Whistler… http://rockingselfpublishing.com/author/simon/¬†(link opens in new tab) …that went live last Tuesday, and from doing that interview I bumped into Hugh Howey, and from doing that, I encountered an¬†entire series of links to writers who have done the HARD math on self-publishing. I’m only giving you two. There are many, but these two are CRITICAL … Continue reading →

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Published the WARPAINT Soundtrack

It took a while to find the right music for WARPAINT. First, this is the music I have playing in the background while I write, so it has to fit the universe, the characters, and the “feel” of a lived-in place full of real humans, real needs, and the themes of the story. And it has to not grate on … Continue reading →

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Heads Up on the Book That Changes Publishing

Last week, like a zillion other writers, I received notice of the publication of John Locke’s How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in Five Months. I bought it. It fits PERFECTLY with How To Think Sideways and How To Revise Your Novel. I’ve been focusing heavily on teaching the traditional path to publishing because I’m good at it, I know … Continue reading →

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The Writer’s Heart

I’m going to point you at a relatively new weblog I discovered called THE WRITER’S HEART, written by Charles Towne. Towne has a way with wildlife and photography, and has had adventures of astonishing and frightening sorts…and his weblog is a lot of fun to read. Better yet, he’s an opinionated cuss, which I find both delightful and charming, (and … Continue reading →

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