Category Archives: literature

local legend brent lewis comes to bto

If you live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, you may recently have caught this article in one of the local newspapers:

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want to be a writer? bto 2020 can help

If  you’ve always wanted to write, or if you’re already a writer, the Bay To Ocean Writers Conference will help you develop and improve your skills, no matter your genre.

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doing “5 to 10” for writing (part 2)

Lately, I’ve done a few talks for high school students who are writers, or are interested in becoming one.  In addition to disabusing them of the idea that becoming an author is a fast and easy ticket to fame and … Continue reading

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doing “5 to 10” for writing (part 1)

Lately, I’ve done a few talks for high school students who are writers, or are interested in becoming one.  In addition to disabusing them of the idea that becoming an author is a fast and easy ticket to fame and … Continue reading

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harry potter, katniss, and frodo: what makes a hero?

(h/t Patrick Eibel) Check out this cool animated video from TED-ed on the “Hero’s Journey.”  Based on Professor Joseph Campbell’s research of the “monomyth,” the video describes how many heroes in literature–including Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, and Frodo Baggins–go through … Continue reading

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young people read old sci-fi/fantasy

I recently discovered a great site that I’d like to pass along to you: Young People Read Old SFF (science fiction/fantasy).  The idea is simple: the person running the site sends copies of old-school sci-fi to young people, they read … Continue reading

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vote now for the dragon awards!

This year’s Hugo Awards (supposedly the preeminent in science fiction and fantasy) have come and gone, but as I discussed earlier, they are—and always have been— irrelevant for fans of Young Adult speculative literature.  Why’s that?  Because the Hugos have … Continue reading

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summer reading: forgotten sf/f classics

Summer’s here, and now’s a perfect time to do some reading, whether you’re a student on break from school, a parent trying to find stuff for said students to do, or you’re just looking for something to take to the … Continue reading

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hugo hates kids

It’s that time of year again when the sci-fi/fantasy literary world gears up for the Hugo Awards, geekdom’s equivalent of the Oscars.  If you’re a casual fan of the genre, you might have heard or read about some controversy with … Continue reading

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“cats and dogs living together!”

Many people who have enjoyed my novel Lost Dogs have asked for a book about cats. Well, I’m pleased to announce that my friend and fellow author Kia Heavey has recently published what you feline-lovers are looking for: Domino.   … Continue reading

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