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  • Cat Rambo - Nattering Social Justice Cook: Time to Fix the Missing Stair
    The following is my personal opinion and unconnected to any SFWA activity. I am speaking as a member of the speculative fiction community, one that has been involved in it for a decade and a half now, and one that has watched its internal workings with interest. I met Monica Valentinelli in 2016 at GenCon. I don’t know her well, but I’m proud to count her as a friend and she is one of the ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
  • Cat Rambo - Nattering Social Justice Cook: Supporting The Next Generation
    Ancient village with modern kids and bubbles.If you don’t know about DonorsChoose, it’s a great program that lets you support individual classroom projects. I sponsored one in honor of my aunt Nona. Here’s the lovely thank you note I just got. Dear Cat Rambo, Thank you so much for your donation to my classroom. Having copies of Persepolis: The Story Of A Childhood has had a dramatic impact on my students as they finish their ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
  • Mary Robinette Kowal - My Favorite Bit: Dan Koboldt talks about THE ISLAND DECEPTION
    Dan Koboldt is joining us today with his novel The Island Deception. Here’s the publisher’s description: What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. But what happens after you step through a portal to another world, well… For stage magician Quinn Bradley, he thought his time in Alissia was over. He’d done his job for the mysterious company CASE Global Enterprises, and now his name is finally on the marquee of one of the biggest ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
  • Mercedes Yardley - Miss Murder Asks For Help…And It’s AWESOME.
    It’s perfectly fine to ask for help…unless you’re me, that is. Or, I suspect, you. If your mother, spouse, friend, or sibling needed help, wouldn’t you leap to give it? Wouldn’t you stretch out your hand instantly? And sometimes you don’t know they need help unless they ask. Why don’t they just ASK? Because it’s hard. Because we live in this crazy society where we feel like we have to do everything, and do it ... read more
    Published on Monday, April 17th, 2017
  • Mur Lafferty - ISBW #373: About all those writing rules
    Don’t use adverbs. Show, don’t tell. Often blanket terms, what do they really mean, and why should we use them? And what does it mean when someone makes the effort to carefully follow those rules? Recommended book: Nabokov’s Favorite Word Was Mauve ~ Buy the books! (Affiliate) ... read more
    Published on Monday, April 17th, 2017
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FOR THE WRITER…

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  • Mythcreants - Five Perspective Mistakes to Avoid
    Narrative perspective comes in many forms. In first-person limited, the narrator and the protagonist are one and the same, and the audience knows only what the character knows. In third-person omniscient, the narrator is free to rain down information from on high and use whatever voice will best fit the story. Most perspective choices have legitimate uses, but a few are clearly mistakes. These only serve to annoy readers, no matter how novel ... read more
    Published on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
  • The Creative Penn - How to Use Gumroad To Create Multiple Streams Of Income From Your Book
    A truly independent author does not rely on one product, one retailer, or one stream of income.  Because what if that one stream dries up?  That’s why I emphasize the importance of developing multiple streams of income for author-entrepreneurs. Direct sales from your website are one possibility, and although I personally choose to use selz.com, there are other options.  In today’s article, Amy Young explains how authors can use Gumroad. Like many of you, as a ... read more
    Published on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
  • NaNoWriMo Every Month - Questions 261: About Digital Rights Management
    Subscribe Here! JR asks:  What is DRM? And how do I manage it?   ... read more
    Published on Friday, April 21st, 2017
  • Jake Bible - Friday Night Drabble Party!
    Hey, will ya look at that! Another free Drabble to be shoved through your eyeholes directly into your brainpan! It must be Friday! I hope you dig tonight’s micro-fiction. If you do then perhaps share with others. Nothing like free fiction on a Friday to kick the weekend off. Don’t be stingy! Let the glory […] ... read more
    Published on Friday, April 21st, 2017
  • The Writer - Kirstin Valdez Quade: How I Write
    Photo: Maggie Shipstead   Kirstin Valdez Quade has gained much attention and praise for her short story collection, Night at the Fiestas. Although it may seem like she’s an overnight success, Quade actually worked on the book for nearly a decade. After all that time, she’s found it exciting to “have it be an actual object in the world, something outside of me.” Quade has taught at several universities and will be teaching at Princeton ... read more
    Published on Friday, April 21st, 2017
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Thoughts and Inspirations - RTP Blog Posts

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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!