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How to Write an Epic Fantasy with Dragons
This season I shall be offering my newest novel, an epic fantasy. However, the story of how I came to write this book and how it changed chapter by chapter is a story in itself. Let me explain. Once upon a time, my fellow writers said to me:  "Why don't you...
This season I shall be offering my newest novel, an epic fantasy. However, the story of how I came to write this book and how it changed chapter by chapter is a story in itself. Let me explain. Once upon a time, my fellow w...
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On the Madness of Holiday Weekends
You know how when you have a three-day weekend you spend the first day of it worrying whether or not you will be productive or waste all the time? That's me.  And it will be worse on Sunday , as I stew and pine about what I should be doing, and I'll probabl...
You know how when you have a three-day weekend you spend the first day of it worrying whether or not you will be productive or waste all the time? That's me. And it will be worse on Sunday, as I stew and pine about what I ...
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United Swing States of America, 2012. As shown by this map, the next presidential election will not be decided by 50 states, but by just 11 - the so-called ‘swing states’, that could still go either...
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+Shaun Allan writes about his venture into fairy tale horror, and how his daughter encouraged him to walk on the dark side.
Welcome to the Wattpad Block Party - Summer Edition II! Round four of this popular event is coming your way Au...
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How I Ruined My Summer Vacation (2016 Edition)
As many of my readers may be aware, I was on vacation last month. That is the story I wanted everyone to believe, and it really seemed to work. So I'm sticking to it. Actually, I was working - in a sense (or two) - so let's call it a working vacation. I tra...
As many of my readers may be aware, I was on vacation last month. That is the story I wanted everyone to believe, and it really seemed to work. So I'm sticking to it. Actually, I was working - in a sense (or two) - so let's...
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BETA Readers - Love'em or Loath'em?
This is actually Part 4 of The Mother of all Writing Processes
series.  We began with getting ideas and planning and organizing them. Then we discussed Drafting , followed by Revision .   By revision, I meant what you would do on your
own, before anyone els...
This is actually Part 4 of The Mother of all Writing Processes series. We began with getting ideas and planning and organizing them. Then we discussed Drafting, followed by Revision. By revision, I meant what you would ...
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9/11
In 2001, I was teaching at Wichita State University in Kansas. That Fall semester I had a Tuesday-Thursday class that started at 9:30. No big deal. Business as usual. Wichita State University and Wichita skyline On September 11 , a Tuesday, I sat in my offi...
In 2001, I was teaching at Wichita State University in Kansas. That Fall semester I had a Tuesday-Thursday class that started at 9:30. No big deal. Business as usual. Wichita State University and Wichita skyline On Septembe...
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My Ruined Summer Vacation, Part 4
Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day!   There is probably nothing which ruins a summer vacation more than rain. For some reason, we humans just don't like to be wet, especially wet while wearing clothing. So we do whatever we can to avoid being st...
Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day! There is probably nothing which ruins a summer vacation more than rain. For some reason, we humans just don't like to be wet, especially wet while wearing clothing. So we do ...
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My Ruined Summer Vacation, Part 3
As a writer, I often set up my hero as a stranger in a strange land. Perhaps that's because I know so well what that feels like. Whenever I travel, I usually skip the conventional tours and get right out there walking the streets. I like to pretend I live w...
As a writer, I often set up my hero as a stranger in a strange land. Perhaps that's because I know so well what that feels like. Whenever I travel, I usually skip the conventional tours and get right out there walking the str...
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My Ruined Summer Vacation, Part 2
Sometimes when you are a stranger in a strange land , you seek out any vestige of home as a way to recapture some sense of normalcy. For me, however, that theory does not often work out the way I expect. Especially during my month in Beijing to teach a cour...
Sometimes when you are a stranger in a strange land, you seek out any vestige of home as a way to recapture some sense of normalcy. For me, however, that theory does not often work out the way I expect. Especially during my m...
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The Summer Vacay
This is the time of year when an old man's thoughts of fancy turn to the summer vacation. It's when he can truly stretch out his mind and do very little in the way of productive endeavors. If you're like me, your summer is well underway and can be expected ...
This is the time of year when an old man's thoughts of fancy turn to the summer vacation. It's when he can truly stretch out his mind and do very little in the way of productive endeavors. If you're like me, your summer...
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The Mother of All Writing Processes, Part 3
Yes, I know it's been more than a week since I ended a blog post with "next week..." but with a holiday weekend the next week and then necessary travels, it has been difficult to make the time and also connect to a stable wi-fi. However, rather than abandon...
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Former interdimensional voyager now adapting said experiences as memoir under exotic pseudonym.
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When engaged in interdimensional voyaging, I often use the moniker Set-d'Elous. In the local language it means roughly "he who destroys what is most beautiful yet is worshipped for doing so."