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so i got that goin’ for me, which is nice

Yesterday, I received some appreciation from the folks at Wattpad.com, where anyone can read both Dragontamer’s Daughters books.     As I’ve mentioned before, Wattpad is a site where anyone can upload and/or download stories to read, for free.  Because … Continue reading

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teacher appreciation: j.r. salamanca

The latest in a series recognizing the best teachers I had   I was stunned and saddened to learn that on October 30 of this year, just a few weeks ago, the great J.R. Salamanca passed away peacefully in his … Continue reading

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“lost dogs” on kent island

One of the things I’m enjoying about writing Lost Dogs, my work-in-progress sci-fi novel, is that it’s set on Kent Island, MD, where I live: actually, a good chunk of it takes place in my neighborhood.  So when I go … Continue reading

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dogs can see colors

Like a lot of people, I imagine, I learned a lot of “facts” about dogs early on in life and never questioned most of them.  Until lately, that is.  As I’ve been writing Lost Dogs, I’ve done a fair amount … Continue reading

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my dog: the paradox

Iffn you like dogs (as I do) and you’ve owned or lived with a dog for a number of years (as I have), then you must stop everything you are doing and go RIGHT NOW to read Matthew Inman’s webcomic … Continue reading

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learning from “tropes vs. women”

I swear, I’m forever behind the curve on pop culture things.  I only realized how awesome Led Zeppelin was after they’d broken up.  I only saw maybe one or two episodes each of Cheers, Friends, and Seinfeld.  I started watching … Continue reading

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the importance of world-building

One of the obligations (and considerable joys) of writing fantasy and science-fiction is the task of “world-building.”  That is, the creation (or “sub-creation“, as J.R.R. Tolkien called it) of a fictional setting for one’s story.  A well-built imaginary world is not only interesting, but also … Continue reading

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not going “under the dome”

Stephen King’s books are like KISS records: loud, not very smart, but occasionally fun.  Also, the best ones were done 35 years ago.  So no, I did not watch the premiere of Under the Dome last night, nor do I intend to … Continue reading

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last week’s highs and lows of being a budding author

Last Tuesday, I was invited to attend “Career Day” at my younger daughter’s middle school, where parents would come in and spend about a half hour presenting to, and taking questions from, the kids on what they do for a … Continue reading

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sci-fi or fantasy? how about sci-fi AND fantasy?

There’s a long (but well-worth reading) post on the blog of sci-fi writer John C. Wright wherein Wright tackles the age-old question of what differentiates science fiction from fantasy.  It’s a thorny question, and not as easy to answer as … Continue reading

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