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  • Seth Harwood - The Maltese Jordans / Patreon Q&A – Hangout
    I’m going forward with the online live session tomorrow night to answer questions, talk about why I’m doing Patreon, what this means, and get all the necessary details for you on THE MALTESE JORDANS. Mainly, I want to get in touch and say hey. If you’d like to join, please use the following link and come out tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26th starting at 8:30 Eastern. We’ll wrap up around 9:00. If you’re on the Pacific ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
  • Mercedes Yardley - Eeee! Stokercon 2017!
    It’s going to be so much fun. I’ll be hanging with dear friends and the Gamut staff down at the Queen Mary on Long Beach. Will you be there? Let’s meet up! Here is my schedule: Thu, April 27, 3pm – 4pm Librarians’ Day Building Diverse Horror Collections Description: International horror, horror written by women, horror about people of color. Learn how to seek out titles and authors that will make ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
  • Michael Sullivan - The big 1,000,000!
    One of the nice (and terrible) things about writing is the fact that there is always a new goal to reach, a new milestone that lies just out of reach. It keeps me striving for that next level and each time one is achieved it acts as a benchmark of success to bolster my spirits on the bad days when a harsh review or frustrating day's writing can make me doubt whether I should be ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
  • Mary Robinette Kowal - My Favorite Bit: Marie Brennan talks about WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS
    Marie Brennan is joining us today with her novel Within the Sanctuary of Wings. Here’s the publisher’s description: Within the Sanctuary of Wings is the conclusion to Marie Brennan’s thrilling Lady Trent Memoirs After nearly five decades (and, indeed, the same number of volumes), one might think they were well-acquainted with the Lady Isabella Trent–dragon naturalist, scandalous explorer, and perhaps as infamous for her company and feats of daring as she is famous for her discoveries ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
  • Gail Carriger - Alexia’s London: Supper April 24, 1876
    Supper for Today, 1876, in a London Townhouse Salt fish, soaked in water to rehydrate and remove salt, boiled and served with boiled parsnips and egg-sauce (AKA hollandaise) Roasted fore-quarter lamb and currant jelly – sliced and served with orange juices, cayenne paper, salt, and butter drizzled over the top, jelly on the side. Asparagus Lemon bread pudding ... read more
    Published on Monday, April 24th, 2017
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FOR THE WRITER…

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  • Jennifer Blanchard - How To Ignore the Opinions of Others and Do What Works For You
    One of the biggest reasons writers, artists and creators don’t go after their dreams is because of what other people might think or say. The fear of judgment and ridicule. The fear of having to hear someone else’s negative opinion.   It can be very hard to know that your family and the people you […] The post How To Ignore the Opinions of Others and Do What Works For You appeared first on Jennifer ... read more
    Published on Thursday, April 27th, 2017
  • WritersDigest - Resurrect a Forgotten Manuscript
    Have you considered that your next big book idea might be one you’ve already had? In fact, you might have had it years ago. There seems to be a negative attitude toward something that hasn’t fully manifested yet that I think is out of place. You can’t do everything all at once; time may be long but it is not all that wide. When I finished my last book, I went to my editor with ... read more
    Published on Thursday, April 27th, 2017
  • The Write Practice - 3 Secrets Great Writers Know About Experimental Fiction
    Today’s guest post is by Fred Johnson. Fred is an editor for Standout Books, where he helps authors take their manuscripts from good to perfect. He also writes fiction and poetry, and can be found on Twitter @FredBobJohn. Nobody wants their writing to be described as “conventional” or “formulaic,” and in an effort to avoid such damning judgements, many young writers throw themselves past creative writing guides, the rules of writing, and all the catalogues ... read more
    Published on Thursday, April 27th, 2017
  • NaNoWriMo Every Month - Questions 265: Dialog Tags
    Subscribe Here! DanDanTheArtMan asks:  What’s the best way to do dialog tags? Resources Mentioned: Trouble in Paradise, Robert B. Parker This episode sponsored by BundleRabbit ... read more
    Published on Thursday, April 27th, 2017
  • Dean Wesley Smith - Story Twenty-Six
    DAY TWENTY-SIX… As I said last night, on my wall here in the office is a breakdown of the Smith’s Monthly issues I am working on. Ten issues ahead. I have started to put some of that on the widget to the side of the posts, and will update all that in a week. Patreon folks and subscribers, you will be getting ten issues over the next five months as I get caught up. (grin) For three ... read more
    Published on Thursday, April 27th, 2017
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Thoughts and Inspirations - RTP Blog Posts

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Check out Chuck’s post “25 Things Writers Should Be Doing (ASAFP)” at http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/01/17/25-things-writers-should-start-doing/ It’s remarkable how, when you decide to commit to something (like this podcast), your perspective of the…

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“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” -Jack London When attending a writers’ workshop or presentation, I always cringe when the QA session…

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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!