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Jefferson Smith
Works at a fevered pace, crafting worlds full of wonder.
Attended University of Saskatchewan
Lives in Saskatoon
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Today we see that shifting between temporal tenses is fraught with peril and must be done with care.
Today we see that shifting between temporal tenses is fraught with peril and must be done with care.
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Today we see that opting for a “big-picture history” prologue is like attempting a triple-lutz in figure skating: sure, there are people who make it look easy, but the risk of spraining an ankle is high.
Today we see that opting for a "big-picture history" prologue is like attempting a triple-lutz in figure skating: sure, there are people who make it look easy, but the risk of spraining an ankle is high.What I gleaned about the story: Rocks fell, then civilization followed.Find this book on
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Hey, gang! We've got another survivor! This one shows us that when it comes to alternate histories, a single provocative deviation from reality is much more engaging than a whole flock of them.
Today we see that a single change to the existing world can often capture a reader’s interest better than changing many things.
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Today we see that major story motives have to be convincing or readers won’t buy into the crisis that drives the plot.
Today we see that major story motives have to be convincing or readers won't buy into the crisis that drives the plot.
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Oh, that is truly painful...
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Today's contender reminds us that invented or foreign prose that is close to English needs to be lampshaded or it feels like an error.
Today we see that invented or foreign prose that is close to English needs to be lampshaded or it feels like an error.
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Today we see that even if you’re trying to create a bit of mystery, some details need to be clearly established up front.
Today we see that even if you're trying to create a bit of mystery, some details need to be clearly established up front.
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Thank yew!
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After more than two years of collecting data on what breaks the immersive spell for readers, I've also received lots of requests to talk more about the WTF issues themselves—specifically, why they're a problem and how to fix them. It's taken a while, but I think I've finally found a good way to do that in a video series I call the 5-Minute Immersion Lab. The first few episodes are up now on YouTube and I welcome feedback. I've aimed for a combination of fun, informative, focused, and short. How'd I do?
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Thanks, +Simons Mith​. This was actually the second video I shot but the first one died on the editing table.
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He's a bounty hunter, she's a llama, and together they've been chosen to save the world. Whose bright idea was that? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N5QCLYI
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A touch of humor? From me?
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Today we see that a book can start strong, but stumble when it tries to loop back around.
Today we see that a book can start strong, but stumble when it tries to loop back around.
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Two in a row, from separate judges! It's official, must be a plague of good writing breaking out here.
Totally agree epic is cursed with capitals. My editor suggested that I either always capitalize the name of races (Elf, Elven) or never. And I think I may have chosen wrong...
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Just realized that getting into a driverless vehicle will feel totally creepy. Fortunately, Hollywood has already solved the problem for us.
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I don't expect to freak out or anything, but one day, I'm going to climb into a car that doesn't even have a steering wheel, and it's going to feel weird the first few times.
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Today we watch an intriguing story set in a magical house get derailed by distracting and unintended patterns in the prose.
Today we see an intriguing story set in a magical house derailed by distracting and unintended patterns in the prose.
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Today we see that strong emotional experiences should hold the narrator’s interest for more than an instant.
Today we see that strong emotional experiences should hold the narrator’s interest from more than an instant.
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fantasy novelist, new media technologist, creativity consultant, computer scientist, writing mentor, and editor
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creative writing, story editing, computer programming, writing teacher
Employment
  • a fevered pace, crafting worlds full of wonder.
    Author, 2011 - present
    Inventor of worlds, founder of religions, crusher of hopes and dreams, rescuer of small children. It’s all in a day’s work for a fantasy novelist. Essentially, I tell lies for a living.
  • Metamail
    Vice President, 1998 - 2002
  • Alias
    Animation Team Leader, 1989 - 1993
  • Hummingbird Ltd.
    Sr. Developer, 1993 - 1994
  • MGI
    Chief Architect, 1996 - 1998
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Currently
Saskatoon
Previously
Calgary - Toronto - Richmond Hill
Story
Tagline
Novelist, creativity theorist, computer scientist, inventor of religions, destroyer of worlds.
Introduction
Despite a lifetime of dabbling in serious things like technology (a PhD in computer science and creativity theory) and Hollywood animation, my first passion has always been writing. If I was allowed to write my own reviews, the words  ”irreverent,” “thought-provoking,” and “funny” would get used a lot. But don’t trust me on that. After all, I tell lies for a living.
Bragging rights
Author of fantasy novel Strange Places. Formerly a Hollywood special effects technologist and nationally ranked competitive Scrabble player.
Education
  • University of Saskatchewan
    2004 - 2011
  • University of Waterloo
    Computer Science, 1983 - 1989
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Jefficus