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“Think of it this way. For you, this animal is a horse.” Jake leaned forward to pay his mount’s shoulder. “When you say it, it’s like that, horse. When you write it, you write H-O-R-S-E.” “You mean horsey, Jake. Horse does not need an E on the end of it.…
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I am reading (and enjoying the hell out of) Deirdre McCloskey’s Bourgeois Virtues. That book and its arguments are much bigger than this tiny blog post, but a minor point in the book (the alleged fragmentation of modern, that is to say bourgeois-town…
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Michael R. Collings is a gifted critic, academic, editor, novelist, and poet. In 2016, he’s really doubled down on poetry, producing multiple volumes of sonets (his word) on various subjects. His most recent collection bears a title suggesting the poems…
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And I know this mystery, that sinners will alter and copy the words of truth, and pervert many and lie and invent great fabrications, and write books in their own names. 1 Enoch 104:10
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Stone age thinking for prehistoric man was a step up, the right direction is obviously debated despite living in a fantastic reality the Bronze Age updates couldn't imagine. What with the Firmament in their way, how could they have known? 
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Keith is a gregarious, open-minded college student, with a gift for persuasion. He’s so open-minded that he turns in a paper for his Sociology class on what first contact with an extraterrestrial civilization would look like, so open-minded he’s willing…
Keith is a gregarious, open-minded college student, with a gift for persuasion. He’s so open-minded that he turns in a paper for his Sociology class on what first contact with an extraterrest…
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Here’s another follow-up note from that Salt Lake Comic Con panel on writing and roleplaying authentic magicians. Games tend to put spellcasters whose abilities derive from gods into one bucket, and other spellcasters into a different bucket. Clerics vs.…
Here’s another follow-up note from that Salt Lake Comic Con panel on writing and roleplaying authentic magicians. Games tend to put spellcasters whose abilities derive from gods into one buck…
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“A sedan.” Hop nodded again. “She does not touch the ground. And she has others with her, and they look harmless.” “Call no man harmless until he is dead,” Bill said. “My education ended early, but I believe I remember that much of Aristotle.” “Aristotle,…
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I’m neck-deep in the WITCHY EYE setting and stories, and wanted to share this quote from the book (it’s in the POV of Obadiah Dogsbody, rough English factotum to a Yankee wizard-priest): The Tarock was a New World obsession, something the old Lightning…
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Writing is hard. You work alone in a closet, you struggle with doubt and fear, and then when you produce a book, no matter how good it is, someone feels obligated and entitled to beat you up for it. And then once in a while, amazing things happen. Like…
Writing is hard. You work alone in a closet, you struggle with doubt and fear, and then when you produce a book, no matter how good it is, someone feels obligated and entitled to beat you up for it…
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There are good people out there. They're hard to find. Have to look past the pretenteders to the results.

And fyi, anyone making a living doing what they love, doesn't get to complain, just share the success. Like you did. 
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I’m usually amused when Autocorrect mangles my perfectly intelligible text into something I didn’t intend. It’s funny, mostly. But now Autocorrect (as embodied in Amazon’s search algorithms) is giving me heartburn. Here’s the issue: my novel WITCHY EYE is…
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[Sabbatai Sevi’s] transgressions, which formed so characteristic a part of his behavior, did not become a “normal” pattern. Their significance was purely symbolic. They were indicative of some special, exalted condition of the soul. —Sabbatai Sevi: The…
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Ryk Spoor’s PHOENIX RISING is book one in a straight-up, classic fantasy trilogy. This is an adventure story for people who like fantasy role-playing with lots of the familiar stuff — elves, dwarfs, ogres, ancient prophecies, lost homelands, unassailable…
Ryk Spoor’s PHOENIX RISING is book one in a straight-up, classic fantasy trilogy. This is an adventure story for people who like fantasy role-playing with lots of the familiar stuff — e…
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I write speculative fiction. I teach business acumen. I have some experience with the law.
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Amazon Vine Reviewer (anyone else out there?), Home Recording Artist, Gamer, Filk Lover.  Author of Rock Band Fights Evil, City of the Saints, Crecheling, and The Kidnap Plot (forthcoming, Knopf 2016).
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    I teach business acumen to employees of large corporations.
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Literary R&R: Guest Reviewer Sarah Reviews: Hellhound on My Trail (R...
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