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Gregory Lynn
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It turns out that coming back to writing fiction after a long layoff is, and the cognoscenti put it, a blithering pain in the nether regions.

I spent much of 2016 writing stuff I didn't care about for people I didn't care about. Late in the year, I got back to writing my own stuff by writing a book for fiction writers about making money on Fiverr. I thought I'd sell a few copies, but mostly I wanted to get back into the habit of writing my own stuff on a regular basis.

Well, here I am, writing my own stuff and more than that, writing my own fiction and it's oh so damn hard.

I tried yesterday and managed to write a total of 649 words--most of them terrible--in just under an hour. Today I put a bit more heart into it and wrote a bit more than 2500 words. They came easier than yesterday, but still not quite what I could call easy overall, ya know?

I have to take the wife to an appointment tomorrow, and I'm stopping to get a PO Box because hey, did I mention I'll be sending out a serial exclusive to folks on my e-mail list?

Yeah...I just have to write it first.
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So, anyone got big plans for 2017?

Me? I'm planning on getting bitten by a were-gerbil.
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2016 has been crazy year, brutal in some respects and now it has its own horror movie trailer.
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That just about says it all, huh?
Here's hoping for a better 2017!
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+MrsA Wiggins i is awesome and you should hire her to do all the stuff you don't want to do.
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Hey art people, I've got a question.

I have a small image in a PNG file. It has a white background. Is there an easy way to change that so it's a transparent background?
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Awesome, thanks, that worked great.
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7 Life Lessons from a Guy Who Can’t Move Anything but His Face via Jon Morrow
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Here's the thing I keep forgetting. If I get up earlier, I can get done all the stuff I want to get done and still have time for all the stuff I actually want to do.

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If any of y'all have a novel out, Jim C. Hines is collecting income data.
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Anyone know of an apocalyptic story in a fantasy setting?

+Derrick Sanders

I think the only Saberhagen I read was the book of (lost?) swords.

I was reading a Hambly series...I don't remember the name, but there were people who lived in caverns who were fighting some scary-ass bat things and I think there was a reveal that the bat things had been there first. I stopped reading because her sentences drove me insane. 
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Oh, OK. Definitely read up on Dark Sun. Magical environmental apocalypse has reduced the world to a barren desert. Think Mad Max meets Conan.

Other tropes I enjoy;

"Rome" (or whatever) has just fallen, leaving much of the world in darkness.

Sauron wins, deal with it (Star Wars, but fantasy).

Magic goes out, or becomes unpredictable, or tainted in some way, hilarity ensues. (Weiss and Hickman's Dark Sword series deals with this)

Darwath; I like the premise behind that one. It's Zompocalyptic, but instead of zombies (which are stupid, literally) it's basically, I dunno, supernatural tiger-demons with a hive mind and tentacles. COOL AF!

"Apocalypse on Earth transforms it into a fantasy setting" is, for me, stale and overdone.

Also overdone is "Human (and Elven, and Halfling, and Dwarven, and et. al.)kind has been nearly undone by some war among immortals that ravaged the land, etc...
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Stay afraid. But do it anyway. | The Bloggess
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Hey folks, I have a book coming out in January and I'm looking for a little help on the cover.

The book is for indie writers who need to earn a little extra cash to pay for covers, editing, and the like.

I have four cover candidates and I can't really figure out which one I like the best. The yellow one is the one I used as a working cover while I wrote the damn thing. The others are, well, just others.

If you could let me know which one is the most eye catching, or most professional looking, or just plain best, I'd appreciate it. Oh, and ignore the watermark on the red one with the light blue typewriter. If it wins, that won't be there.
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I'm on team Gray too. Next in line is the red one. 
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I write stuff. Maybe you'll like it.
In first grade, my teacher asked the kids to vote on what book she was going to read to us during story time. I raised my hand for one thing. The entire rest of the class raised their hand for The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

I have been holding minority opinions and reading fantasy stories ever since.
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