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Enlivening Old Tropes

It’s Wednesday and therefore “Workshop” day according to the Foil & Phaser calendar. This post isn’t exactly a workshop, but I’m a big fan of and I came across this: The Grand List of Overused Science Fiction Clichés. It reads

Posted in Non-Fiction, Writing Advice

Writer’s Resources You Endorse

Admittedly, I’m a relative newcomer to the field of fiction writing. Well, I spent a lot of my youth writing stories, in the Sword and Laser families of course, and recently found a trove of them. Horrible. Anyway, like I

Posted in Non-Fiction, Writing Advice

I Write Like

Might not be news to most of this blog’s readers, but I thought the site I Write Like was interesting. It also said I write like H.P. Lovecraft, so take that for what it’s worth.

Posted in Non-Fiction, Writing Advice

Prologue – Cauldron Bubble, Comments Wanted

[As We Leave the Ordinary World – Hey folks, I’ve linked below to a prologue I’ve been working on for an urban fantasy novel I’m writing. I added the prologue late in the writing to clarify the novel’s climax and because

Posted in Fiction, Help Needed, Novel Chapters

Protected: Prologue – Cauldron Bubble, Comments Wanted

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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Politics – What Sci-Fi Writers Get Wrong

Speculative fiction is the genre of ideas, but often it isn’t clear where those ideas came from. In the case of government, our genre has an obsession with omnipresent, omnipotent, usually totalitarian governments. Two of the most famous political science

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June 2020