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WotF Recap, Part 3: The Workshop
In part one of this series, I shared some info about my contribution to Writers of the Future Vol. 32 , "The Sun Falls Apart." In part two , I introduced you to the talented illustrator who brought the story to life. Now, I'll attempt to provide a glimpse i...
In part one of this series, I shared some info about my contribution to Writers of the Future Vol. 32, "The Sun Falls Apart." In part two, I introduced you to the talented illustrator who brought the story to life. Now, I'll ...
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WotF Recap, Part 2: The Art (with Autumn Evelyn)
In my last entry , I talked about "The Sun Falls Apart," the story of mine that won 1st Place in Writers of the Future . But the winning stories are just one side of the coin. The other is the Illustrators of the Future contest, which highlights up and comi...
In my last entry, I talked about "The Sun Falls Apart," the story of mine that won 1st Place in Writers of the Future. But the winning stories are just one side of the coin. The other is the Illustrators of the Future contest...
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Writers of the Future Volume 32 Now Available for Preorder
This year's Writers of the Future anthology, which features my 1st Place winning story, is now available for preorder on Amazon . And take a long gander at that cover art by Sergey Poyarkov. Is that not fantastic? I adore it. And oh, hey, sharing a table of...
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Secret History of a Novel (A Guest Post by Lawrence M. Schoen)
Today's post comes from Lawrence M. Schoen, whose novel Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard drops today from Tor Books. Go grab it! Lawrence holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, has been nominated for the Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula awards, is a world authorit...
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Read "Möbius" in Blue Monday Review
Möbius , a flash piece about an obsessive time traveler that I wrote during my time at Odyssey Writing Workshop , is reprinted this month in Blue Monday Review . I've written a lot of flash fiction over the past few years, but I think this one is my favorit...
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Writers of the Future, Guest Posting
Writers of the Future A funny thing happened yesterday. I received a call on my cell phone marked "NO CALLER ID." Now, here's where I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of phone conversation. In most cases, I'll gladly take a text or a tweet instead. So usually wh...
Writers of the Future A funny thing happened yesterday. I received a call on my cell phone marked "NO CALLER ID." Now, here's where I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of phone conversation. In most cases, I'll gladly take a text...
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Read "Project Earth is Leaving Beta" in Nature
This week's issue of Nature is out today, and you'll find a story of Project Earth is Leaving Beta waiting for you on the Futures page. You can also read it for free on the Nature website , along with all the other Futures stories published each week. I'm d...
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Writers of the Future Recap, Part 1: The Story
Well, I've been home from my wild trip to Hollywood for about two weeks now, and I'm still recovering. You know when you get done with a crazy roller coaster ride and they dump you out in the exit area, and everyone's walking kind of slow and leaning agains...
Well, I've been home from my wild trip to Hollywood for about two weeks now, and I'm still recovering. You know when you get done with a crazy roller coaster ride and they dump you out in the exit area, and everyone's walking...
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Read "Battle Lines" in Fantasy Scroll Mag
Battle Lines , a flash piece about trapped enemy soldiers talking to each other over a blast door loudspeaker, is reprinted this week in issue #11 of Fantasy Scroll Magazine . Battle Lines was one of the first stories I ever wrote at the flash fiction lengt...
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Writers of the Future Radio Interview, Podcast Reading
Prepare your earholes! I am attacking you with audio on two fronts this week. Last week, the Writers of the Future publicity machine began churning, giving me a taste of things to come. Articles about my win ran in some local newspapers, which made for some...
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I Won 1st Place in Writers of the Future
Yesterday, the official 1st Quarter results for Writers of the Future were announced. If I'm in your twittersphere or book of faces , you may have heard the good news already: my name somehow crawled its way to the top of the list. I won 1st place! In my la...
Yesterday, the official 1st Quarter results for Writers of the Future were announced. If I'm in your twittersphere or book of faces, you may have heard the good news already: my name somehow crawled its way to the top of the ...
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Read "Item Not As Described" in Kasma Magazine
In 2013, I sold Item Not As Described to UFO Publishing for the second entry in their  Unidentified Funny Objects anthology series . This was my first short story sale at pro rates, and as such, it will always hold a special place in my heart. So I'm happy ...
In 2013, I sold Item Not As Described to UFO Publishing for the second entry in their Unidentified Funny Objects anthology series. This was my first short story sale at pro rates, and as such, it will always hold a special pl...
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J.W. Alden is fascinated with the fantastic. As such, he's made science fiction and fantasy his domain—though some other weird things sneak in from time to time.

He lives just outside West Palm Beach, Florida with his wife Allison, who doesn't mind the odd assortment of musical instruments and medieval weaponry that decorate his office (as long as he tries to brandish the former more often than the latter).

Alden is a 1st Place Writers of the Future winner, a graduate of the 2013 class of Odyssey Writing Workshop, and a member of Codex Writers and SFWA. Check out the "Published Fiction" tab on AuthorAlden.com to give some of his stuff a read.

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Penny Arcade - Montezuma’s Revenge
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So you want to be a writer? A blog by someone doing just that, and what she's learning (and encountering) on the way. Friday, May 18, 20

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Publishing industry news and helpful blogs for 9/7-9/21. Industry News Don't be a stalker. Don't be creepy. Don't assault the agent that rej

Dealing with Conflicting Advice
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"Always begin your synopsis with your elevator pitch." "Always begin a synopsis with the conflict." "One good way to start a synopsis is to

Motivation: What Keeps Me Showing Up
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I blog every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I do this for the motivation of establishing a routine, in hopes that when I am published, I wil

Creating a fantasy language: basic sentences
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san: to drop, nansan: to put down, nansanko: to lie down, ko: self, koma: self-aware. uzko: to be sick, kopalli: to self-reprimand, palli: t

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yeaheyecandy: “ National Geographic Society’s Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis called on architect and designer Travis Price to construct hi

Drought (Adult Content)
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Here is yet another post for the fabulous and flaw-free Absolute Write's March blog chain. This post has some slight adult content.  

Author Alden
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I'm J.W. Alden. I write stories. What can you expect to see here? I don't really know. I've had blogs in the past that failed to

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Writer’s Block: The 12-Step Cure
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BookBaby helps authors publish ebooks and I recently did a guest post on 7 Ways Digital Publishing Can Change Your Life over on their blog.

8 Simple Questions You Won't Believe Science Can't Answer
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The nature of being introverted
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I'm an introvert. I love people. Seeing my friends makes me happy; knowing they're there to talk to is reassuring. I'm pleasant to talk to,

Geek Media – What’s With All the Rape? | Gaming As Women
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[This is a big fat trigger warning. Some or all of these links may be very triggering, as might be the tone of some of the stuff I say here.

6 Famous People Whose Identities We Still Don't Know
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We live in a culture that doesn't exactly value anonymity. It's difficult to grab lunch at a drive-through without having to check in on at

Clarkesworld Magazine - Science Fiction and Fantasy : Issue 65
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A Hugo Award-Winning and World Fantasy Award-Nominated Online Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine.

The Mexican Tragedy (A Rant)
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The original saying, voiced by our last (official) dictator Porfirio Díaz somewhere at the turn of the last century, was "so far from G

If "Empire Strikes Back" Was a Telenovela [Video] ~ The Geek Twins
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One Minute Galactica strikes again by re-imagining Empire Strikes Back as a Spanish telenovela called Galaxy of Passion. It's a surprisingly

S. M. Worth: Scrivener Templates
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Scrivener is a great tool for both the fledgling and seasoned writer. The ability to design a template that allows an intuitive workflow on