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Basil Sands
Works at Sandman Production Studios of Alaska
Lives in Anchorage, AK
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Contest: How many errors can you find?
How many errors can you find in this letter to an author met at a book signing on a rainy day? Everyone who gets it right will receive a free ebook copy of my novel, MIDNIGHT SUN .  Deer Author, I enjoyed meeting ewe at you’re book singing, I came with my m...
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Regarding Editing First Drafts:
I often fight this battle in a bottle with a paddle and the paddle hits
my noodle and my poodle in a panic piddles puddles on the ruggles and
the words become all muddled, and the misses then insistses that I'm
just a fuddie-duddle. It's the all to commo...
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The #1 Rule for Writers
Now that we know some of the basics of getting the layout of
the story it’s time to actually start writing the story itself. Way back in
2006 I wrote my first novel, Karl’s Last Flight . I was excited. I knew I had
achieved the dream and was going to make m...
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What is it like to write a book?
Someone asked, "What is it like to write a book?" It’s like entering a dark cavern through an opening barely large enough for my body. Once inside wet drips echo from far in the back, so I know it is deep. My footsteps reverberate off the walls, telling me ...
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Bummer...I feel for you brother. Thanks for sharing though, could save someone else the work.
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Kickstarting my New Series - ICE HAMMER
Ever wish you could help encourage your favorite authors to get their next book out faster? Well, here's a chance ... at least if I fall into that category that is. Putting the Power in Your Hands I have posted a new project on a website called Kickstarter....
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Fists of Fury: Writing Action Scenes That Take Your Breath Away
I just got back from the Alaska Young Writer's Conference where I presented a workshop on the title of this blog. Wow, were those kids awesome. So much talent in their teenage minds I was inspired. There were a couple who I am certain will be household name...
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The End of All Things: Getting from the middle to the end, and closing your story.
Over the past few weeks I’ve brought up the two of the three
basic components of a story: The Beginning, and The Middle. Today we’re going
to wrap up the storytelling trifecta discussing the words all writers are
aiming for… The End. There are two ways to l...
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Apparently I had a different 'guest' experience than at least the last several commenters. While I am giving Tardis itself a 5 star rating for sheer ingenuity and style, I would much rather have been a guest at a time when there was not an inter-galactic war going on...or at least to have been warned in advance that I would be required to protect my own life and safety on my own volition. Luckily, being a former commando I knew what to do in most cases although having to figure out the pressure points for joint locks on an alien species after entering personal combat on our first meeting was really rather hairy and personally seemed like a risky way to go about business. What really got me though, and made The Doctor laugh hysterically, was after the battle when I put my soiled clothing into the top of what I thought was some kind space-time-travelley washing machine only to be screamed at by some tiny little naked octopus creature who kept shouting 'Exterminate! Exterminate!'. Quite unnerving. Luckily I had just enough adrenaline left to wallop the little beastie and slam the lid shut before it ripped my trousers what needed washing. And to top it off, while sitting down to a meal of fish fingers and custard to regain my energy after the days battles (which I must say gave a nice homey feel, standard RMC mess fare that was, and the lace doilies was a nice touch although my old sergeant's stand-by feast of toast and marmalade with a bit of milk in a cracked saucer would've been just as nice...anyway) whilst eating said fish fingers and custard and realizing how thirsty I was I asked The Doctor for something to drink. "I have just the thing," says he. "Sugary Shiplano! You'll love it!" Never accept anything from a man who is sniggering as he hands it to you, especially if that man has no real name and insists with a mad gleam in his eye that you call him The Doctor even though there is absolutely no evidence he has a PhD in anything other than perhaps being a looney with a fancy phone box spaceship. (note to self...when drinking Sugary Shiplano always pinch the straw when it is not in your mouth...it really burns when that lighter than air liquid candy floss gets up into the nose and you cannot get it out with out snorting it back down. That being said the flavour was quite nice.) At any rate, I started off giving this entire destination a 3-Star review solely because while the accommodations and cuisine were excellent, the unexpected requirement of personal combat and the sinus scar left by the Sugary Shiplano at first seemed very off putting. Then I thought "Oh, what the hell. I loved it." "Per Mare, Per Terram, Per Spacey-Wacem"
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