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  • Paul Elard Cooley - Derelict: Marines – Episode 26
    Download Now The Derelict Saga is available in ebook and trade paperback from Amazon. Purchase a copy, leave a review, and help support the free podcast. The Derelict: Marines enhanced edition audiobook is now available from my store. Support me on PatreonRead more › ... read more
    Published on Friday, June 16th, 2017
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FOR THE WRITER…

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  • The Creative Penn - 7 Ways Travel Can Enhance Your Writing
    I'm definitely a travel junkie, and I spend nearly all my money on traveling or books. In fact, when I was miserable in my day job back in 2006, trying to decide what to do with my life, I wrote down the two things I enjoyed most in the world: travel and reading. What job would enable me to combine both of these? Becoming a full-time author entrepreneur has enabled me to travel more, but ... read more
    Published on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
  • The Write Conversation - The Equipped Writer
    by Henry McLaughlin @RiverBendSagasGod has a will, or a plan for each of us. Psalm 139:16 (NLT) tells us, You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.Each of us is on this earth for a specific reason. We may not know it completely right now. We may be in a season of preparation to enter that ... read more
    Published on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
  • WritersDigest - Why I Write About My Parents
    I tend to take life personally. And nothing is more personal to me than family and friends. That’s why, as a writer, I specialize in personal essays. Ever since 1978, I’ve written frequently about my parents in particular. My father was born deaf, and my mother, stricken with spinal meningitis, became deaf in infancy. They are by deafness defined. And so—to a certain extent, even though I have normal hearing—am I. This guest post is ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
  • Jane Friedman - A Writer’s Guide to Permissions and Fair Use
    Andrea Costa Photography / Flickr Whenever you decide to directly quote, excerpt, or reproduce someone else’s work in your own—whether that’s a book, blog, magazine article, or something else—you have to consider, for each use, whether or not it’s necessary to seek explicit, legal permission from the work’s creator or owner. Unfortunately, quoting or excerpting someone else’s work falls into one of the grayest areas of copyright law. There is no legal rule ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
  • The Write Practice - Do You Need a College Degree to Be a Writer?
    I’m a full-time writer with no English degree. (I’ll tell you a bigger secret, I actually don’t have a degree at all.)  And after doing this for a few years I’ve learned the answer to an enormous question: do you need a college degree to be a writer? No. *Let me throw in a disclaimer here: I strongly believe in education. I think that education paves the way for opportunity and we are all ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, June 21st, 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!