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  • Lou Anders - The 3D Printing Professor and Son
    Today, I was interviewed by the 3D Printing Professor and his son.It came about like this. The 3D Printing Professor, who has a channel on YouTube where he dispenses wisdom about, what else, 3D Printing, has a son. And the son is a big fan of my Thrones & Bones series, each book of which has a playable board game (designed by me) in the appendices. So the son makes a 3D printed version of ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
  • Brad Beaulieu - My Phoenix ComicCon Schedule
    Hey gang, Starting tomorrow, I’ll be at Phoenix ComicCon! If you happen to be going, please come by and say hello! Here’s my schedule: Thursday May 25, 2017 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Fantasy and Magic in Literature – North 126AB 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Keeping it Funny – North 126C Friday May 26, 2017 10:30 am to 11:30 am – Monsters II : Monster Harder – North 126AB 12:00 pm to 1:00 ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
  • Tee Morris - #WednesdayWisdom — A Second Opinion
    So you hear me say it all the time in podcasts. “Enjoy the ride.” I picked up this catch phrase from frequent trips to King’s Dominion and Busch Gardens. I’m a roller coaster guy, you see. As life is a lot like a roller coaster, Enjoy the ride…” strikes me as a good mantra to practice. But don’t take just my word for it… Wise words from Captain Jack Sparrow. Make it a good day, everybody. ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
  • Gail Carriger - Next Chirrup Will Offer Marine Biology & The First Chapter of The Sumage Solution
    So I’m trying a new experiment in next month’s Chirrup (my newsletter), Gentle Readers. I’ll be offering a code to download a digital copy of Marine Biology with the new cover art and a special sample chapter of my upcoming book, The Sumage Solution, at the back. You’ll need to Join the Chirrup BEFORE it goes out on Sunday June 4, 2017 in the afternoon. Instructions on where/how to get it (you’ll need to know how to sideload) ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
  • Mercedes Yardley - Tea Party or Hostage Negotiation?
    You decide. I’ve never seen our toys look so serious.   ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
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FOR THE WRITER…

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  • WritersDigest - Agent Spotlight: Danielle Burby of Nelson Literary Agency
    Reminder: This agent spotlight features Danielle Burby of Nelson Literary Agency. Remember, newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is likely building his or her client list. About Danielle: Based in New York City, Danielle became an agent at Nelson Literary Agency (NLA) in January 2017. Previously, she was an agent at a NYC-based firm where she managed foreign rights in addition to building her client roster. She also interned at ... read more
    Published on Monday, May 29th, 2017
  • The Write Life - 3 Ways to Deal When a Freelance-Writing Client Gawks at Your Rate
    It wasn’t until recently that I learned my own worth as a writer. In the freelance writing industry, it’s easy to undervalue yourself and your craft. Just take a quick look at some of the Upwork job postings. Ten cents for 100 words? Write it yourself, bro. There are plenty of articles about setting your rates as a freelance writer, but there is less information available about how to handle it when ... read more
    Published on Monday, May 29th, 2017
  • WriterUnboxed - In Memoriam
    About Anne Greenwood BrownAnne Greenwood Brown (@AnneGBrown) writes Young Adult ("YA") fiction. She is represented by Jacqueline Flynn of Joelle Delbourgo Associates. Her new book, GIRL LAST SEEN (Albert Whitman & Co.), is anticipated for March 2016. She is also the author of the YA trilogy, LIES BENEATH (Random House/Delacorte Press).Web | Twitter | Facebook | More Posts ... read more
    Published on Monday, May 29th, 2017
  • Live Write Thrive - Getting to the Core of Your Distractions
    We took a look at distractions a bit in some earlier posts, but I want to dig deeper into this topic (hence the photo of the cute rodent in the snow). We all know what things distract us during the day and what our “weaknesses” are. Some of us just can’t stay off social media or check our phones for messages or emails every five minutes. Others get partway through writing a page and notice ... read more
    Published on Monday, May 29th, 2017
  • The Creative Penn - Inside The Writers’ Room: Screenwriting And Pitching Tips From Adam Gaines
    Today I have an interview with screenwriter Adam Gaines. We discuss what happens in the ‘writer's room', collaboration, how self-publishing his own one-act play got him a deal, as well as how you could pitch your book. In the intro, I give a personal update about CrimeFest and my progress on the Third edition of How to Market a Book. It's available for pre-order, and you can get 30% off on Kobo with promo code: MARKET30. ... read more
    Published on Monday, May 29th, 2017
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Thoughts and Inspirations - RTP Blog Posts

Ideas and Inspiration
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-More than one of them cried out in pain, “This is impossible, my brain hurts!”- Write what you know. Really?  Do I have to? It’s because of these four,…

Ideas and Inspiration
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Fear is the great un-balancer.  It distorts and narrows our awareness until we can only see what’s directly in front of us, whether it’s the blank page, or that query…

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“…though we often soliloquize about writing being a solitary existence with coveted ideas held closer to the chest than Bluebeard’s key to his chamber of torture and death, writing should…

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Workshop Episode 111 (Guest Host: Myke Cole)

Myke Cole – author of The Shadow Ops Series (including “Gemini Cell”, “Javelin Rain” and the forthcoming “Seige Line” – returns to the Big Chair in the RTP virtual studios to lend his brainstorming-fu to a tale of future warfare, powered armor, and artificial intelligence.

The tale is offered up by creageous Guest Writer Jonathan Zerrusen, a tale of two heroes, the daughter of a nation honored to wear the first powered armor into battle, and a newly transcended (and illegal) AI on opposite sides of a global conflict. The brainstorm froth is frothy indeed as we explore the nuances of cyber characters, deepening the conflict within and around the protagonists, and generally dig up a mountain of Literary Gold (as you do). Hit that PLAY button and get yours!

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Another 20 Minutes with Myke Cole

Myke Cole – author of The Shadow Ops Series (including “Gemini Cell”, “Javelin Rain” and the forthcoming “Seige Line” – has achieved some astonishing things since his last appearance in 2013.…

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One Question: What Makes a Good Fight Scene?

From intimate duels to the death to epic battles, the fight scene is a cornerstone of speculative fiction. For the writer, however, crafting a good fight scene can be an epic struggle to find…

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Workshop Episode 111 (Guest Host: Myke Cole)

Myke Cole – author of The Shadow Ops Series (including “Gemini Cell”, “Javelin Rain” and the forthcoming “Seige Line” – returns to the Big Chair in the RTP virtual studios to lend his brainstorming-fu to a tale of future warfare, powered armor, and artificial intelligence.

The tale is offered up by creageous Guest Writer Jonathan Zerrusen, a tale of two heroes, the daughter of a nation honored to wear the first powered armor into battle, and a newly transcended (and illegal) AI on opposite sides of a global conflict. The brainstorm froth is frothy indeed as we explore the nuances of cyber characters, deepening the conflict within and around the protagonists, and generally dig up a mountain of Literary Gold (as you do). Hit that PLAY button and get yours!