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Russell Portier
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Fan-tisize
So, I love the TNT show Leverage . I'll admit, I suffered all the typical symptoms of depression after the series finale. It was awesome. And I'm constantly rewatching old episodes. Having a son of my own, the flashback scenes where Nate clutches his dead s...

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Top Ten Bestseller
It's official! I am a top ten bestselling author. Whoo! Okay, I'm in Amazon's top ten free Espionage Thrillers , and Fall Guys is only free for a another 32 hours, after which it gets moved back to the paid list, and probably will drop to somewhere in the h...

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Chirp Chirp
Hear the crickets? That's the sound of my blog. Don't worry, I haven't abandoned this land forever. There's been a bit of action over at my new site . I've been making some updates to my novel. I've written a couple more chapters of Cold Season . I've been ...

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The Name of the Wind
Speaking of novel characters, which I did briefly in my last post, I wanted to bring up the subject of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss . Book review: Go. Go now. Read it. Honestly, you've got nothing better to do with your time, guaranteed. From a ...

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Musical Accompaniment
If your character were in a movie and there was one of those "doing work" montages, what work would your character be doing? More importantly, what music would the montage be set to? These are key questions for me in playing a character and developing them,...

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Statting Out Novel Characters
Seriously, I don't know why every writer doesn't do this. In the most general sense, you're setting baselines for what your characters are capable of. What kinds of skills can they generally pull off, what will they never fail, and what are they particularl...

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Something thinking about character creation can border on an addiction. But sometimes it's just sleeplessness.

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Each Sunday, I'll talk about the things that make characters unique. The Style that goes above and beyond the character sheet.

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Style Sundays: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk
How do you decide how characters talk, walk, and move? What makes them unique in that respect? Do they need to be unique? Yes! What's the point of playing an average person who behaves average in every way? I'm already average, and I'm playing these games t...
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