Reading my SPFBO Cohort #3 & #4

Two more interesting books in my anonymous SPFBO 8 read every page review series. #3 This struck me as a book I would have wanted to write when I was in my teens, except in my teens I would have been utterly incapable of doing so! There are lots of references to epic past events …

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SPFBO 8

It is happening! Find the fun community on Facebook here! My plan is to read all of the books drawn into my group of 30 before the axe starts to fall. Ok, before the end of phase one. I've read one so far. I liked it, but it was somewhat tonally uneven. There were some …

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What happens when you deviate from the process: Collector’s edition edition.

Not the catchiest title, I admit. But I’m here to share how a royal screw up of mine added a gloriously horrific typo to my book AFTER it had been laboriously proofread and judged error free. And I did it as part of the process, not on a whim. Well, okay, there were whims involved, …

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The Writing Life: SPFBO 2020 and an update or three.

Good evening, whatever timezone you may be in. Quick updates: Proofing run one is done. I have made some minor corrections based on feedback, and then, jaunting down a word-search rabbit hole, I noticed a thing. I'm fixing the thing, (and it is a small thing) before proofing run two begins. I have finalised the …

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Why I Write Fantasy: To Explore the Meta

To be honest, in writing The Killer and The Dead I didn’t set out to explore aspects of metafiction, which I define as fiction that interrogates itself, and that can operate in a separate space in the reader’s mind beyond merely the ingestion and understanding of the narrative: it just kind of happened. In meta …

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Why I Write Fantasy: Death and Freedom

I'm not publishing the blog I wrote earlier today. Didn't quite capture what I wanted to say. So instead I'm freehanding this one, not even a spellchecker to save me! I started writing fantasy, as I've said elsewhere, to create worlds of my own to escape into, after enjoyng the sensation of entering into other …

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