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  • Mary Robinette Kowal - My Favorite Bit: Alan Smale talks about EAGLE AND EMPIRE
    Alan Smale is joining us today with his novel Eagle and Empire. Here’s the publisher’s description: The award-winning author of Clash of Eagles and Eagle in Exile concludes his masterly alternate-history saga of the Roman invasion of North America in this stunning novel. Roman Praetor Gaius Marcellinus came to North America as a conqueror, but after meeting with defeat at the hands of the city-state of Cahokia, he has had to forge a new destiny in this strange land. ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
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FOR THE WRITER…

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  • 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
  • Jane Friedman - The Key Book Publishing Paths: 2017
    Since 2013, I have been annually updating this informational chart about the key publishing paths. It is available as a PDF download—ideal for photocopying and distributing—plus the full text is also below. Looking for earlier versions of this chart? Scroll to the bottom of this post. One of the biggest questions I hear from authors today: Should I traditionally publish or self-publish? This is an increasingly complicated question to answer because: There are now many varieties of traditional ... read more
    Published on Saturday, May 20th, 2017
  • NaNoWriMo Every Month - Questions 280: Author vs. Writer
    Subscribe Here! JR asks: “How is an author different from a writer?” ... read more
    Published on Saturday, May 20th, 2017
  • Mythcreants - Five Roleplaying Mechanics That Must Go
    Roleplaying design isn’t easy, as we can see from all the bad mechanics that make their way into our favorite games. Some mechanics aren’t inherently flawed but are merely implemented poorly. Other mechanics have no redeeming qualities and should be dropped completely. It’s that second category we’re talking about today. Designers use them despite their many problems, and someone has to speak up! 1. Static Difficulty Numbers In the majority of systems, the difficulty ... read more
    Published on Saturday, May 20th, 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!