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  • Mercedes Yardley - Stephen King’s CAT
    I made a meme based on Stephen King’s IT, which is one of my favorite books of all time. This was Marsh being a goofball.   ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
  • Cavan Scott - Subscribe to my email newsletter for a chance to win a signed copy of Sherlock Holmes: The Patchwork Man
    We have a winner! The first Cavletter prize draw took place this week and the winner was Alistair Wallace of Edinburgh. A signed copy of Doctor Who: The Shining Man is winging its way to Scotland. I hope Alistair enjoys it. As it went down so well, I’ve decided to make the giveaway monthly. This month, in honour of my first appearance at Crime Fest, I’m giving away a signed copy of my Sherlock Holmes novel, The Patchwork Man. ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
  • Cherie Priest - Dark Cities: Out Today!
    About a year or so ago, a good friend and all-around Great Guy Christopher Golden asked if I’d participate in an anthology he was working up – Dark Cities. At first, I hesitated. I was eyeballs deep in other work, and I don’t often do short stories anymore. I’ve never felt that they were really my strong suit, and I produce them sparingly. But he caught me at a moment. You see, shortly before his ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
  • Cavan Scott - New Doctor Who Novel Events: MCM London and Bradford Literature Festival
    I’m joining fellow Doctor Who novelists Mike Tucker and Jonathan Morris for a couple of upcoming events at MCM London 2017 in May, and Bradford Literature Festival in July. MCM London is first on Friday 26th May. It’s my first MCM, so I’m looking forward to it a lot. Here are the details: The Doctor is in – A conversation with DOCTOR WHO novelists Friday 26th May 12:15pm – 1:30pm Location: Lower Platinum Suite, Excel Peter Capaldi may be wrapping up ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
  • Tobias Buckell - The First Time I Had Pneumonia I Thought I Was a Medical Miracle
    This essay came to me while I was feverish and unable to sleep at some point over the last week and a half. I woke up the next morning convinced that I’d written it, as I could remember the outlining, the main points, and the title. Alas, I had not actually written it. But, having remembered writing it in such vivid detail, I thought I’d give a stab at rewriting it and fulfilling a feverish ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
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FOR THE WRITER…

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  • Dean Wesley Smith - Started Running Finally
    Not Much in Distance, But a Start… Like every book or story, you have to start with a first line, a first word. Today, finally, I figured out how to motivate myself enough on the running to get the goals I want done. And interestingly enough, it is a twisted gambling structure that helped me get started. Now, for the folks who love to toss money away in casinos, yet feel they are winning, there ... read more
    Published on Sunday, May 21st, 2017
  • WriterUnboxed - Google Maps: The Best Writing Tool that No One Knows About
    Has a map ever challenged a pre-conceived notion that you had about a location? Please welcome Camille Di Maio to WU today, who’ll talk about the topic. A bit about Camille: Camille Di Maio always dreamed of being a writer, and those dreams came true with her bestselling debut novel, The Memory of Us. In addition to writing women’s fiction, she trains in tae kwon do, buys too many baked goods at farmers’ markets, unashamedly belts ... read more
    Published on Sunday, May 21st, 2017
  • Mythcreants - 119 – Bad Writing Habits
    Some writers start every sentence with “there are,” others can’t stop italicizing, and still others write sentences that never end. We’ve all got bad habits in our writing, and this week Ariel returns to discuss them with Chris and Wes. Our hosts are all editors, so you can believe we’ve seen more than our fair share. Plus, as a special bonus, you’ll get to hear us divulge our own bad habits, so scandalous! ... read more
    Published on Sunday, May 21st, 2017
  • Positive Writer - Write About What Scares the Crap Out of You
    What scares you? I mean, really scares you? What keeps you up at night? Most of us think we know what scares us. Extreme heights, dark alleys, or maybe, Spielberg. In today’s post, I want to talk with you about a different kind of fear. People send me links to their blogs all of the ... read more
    Published on Sunday, May 21st, 2017
  • The Write Conversation - My Momma’s Best Advice: How to Keep Going when You Lose
    by Andy Lee @WordsByAndyLeeI was in fourth grade, and the opening day of the Tillman County Fair grew closer by the minute. Excitement kept me up at night as I tossed and turned and day-dreamed in the dark of winning blue ribbons. Competition didn’t pump through my veins on the basketball court or baseball field. An athlete I was not. But give me a sewing machine, recipe, or a speech contest, and I could win with ... read more
    Published on Sunday, May 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!