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David Butler
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HeroQuest with the kids last night. On the north side of the tula, where nothing ever happens, we adventurers met Rictus Piercefeather, servant of Hueymakt, and Fauna Pintail, acolyte of the Earth Mother. Ducks. Carrying a clutch of seven eggs. And under…
HeroQuest with the kids last night. On the north side of the tula, where nothing ever happens, we adventurers met Rictus Piercefeather, servant of Hueymakt, and Fauna Pintail, acolyte of the Earth ...
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I’ve just read Tolkien’s recently-published story The Children of Húrin. I don’t have a lot to say about it: in tone and voice, it’s somewhere between The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings, so if you liked The Silmarillion you may like this one, and…
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“[O]nce upon a time (my crest has long since fallen) I had a mind to make a body of more or less connected legend, ranging from the large and cosmogonic, to the level of romantic fairy-story — the larger founded on the lesser on contact with the earth,…
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Took the kids out last night. We drove out west of Delta, into a big valley flat as a skillet, and parked in a gravel lot beside the highway. In the two hours and more we were there, I think only a dozen cars passed us. We didn’t quite make it to dark…
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I GMed a roleplaying game yesterday, for the first time in almost twenty years. I used to do this all the time — from sixth grade through my undergraduate education, with a two-year timeout for other things, my principal socialization was roleplaying…
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Wow, Glorantha. Collected material for that over the years but never played. Your AP post is cool. Have you seen this: http://www.glorantha.com/product/guide-to-glorantha/ ? Some people see a rare single malt or a fancy pair of shoes or a piece of new tech and get twitchy about "luxury impulse buys." I see stuff like this and have to restrain myself.
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I’m a big proponent of self-driven learning. For a writer, I think that’s essential. So here are some of the non-fiction books I’ve read in the last couple of months. Leibniz: An Intellectual Biography. I had never heard of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz until…
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Felix Gomez is ex-military, a hard-nosed PI who operates on the borderlands between the natural and supernatural worlds, among Anglo and Mexican and Native American traditions, and sometimes between different planets. And he’s a vampire. Felix’s friend…
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Michael Shipman is crazy. That doesn’t mean he’s wrong. Michael suffers from schizophrenia, and he knows that when the meds aren’t working, he hallucinates. He may or may not see people without faces, people others can’t see, or whom others see as normal.…
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Stories orient us to the universe and to other people, and without them we’re adrift. I know not everyone likes the idea of a Western Canon, or a canon at all, but a set of texts we all know and agree are foundational provides us a shared language and…
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This is the first Sarah Hoyt I’ve read, though we’ve been in contact through social media for a while. But I met Sarah in person at the WordFire Press booth at Denver Comic Con this year, and bought a copy of Darkship Thieves. This week, I got to read it.…
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College student Dani Hashelheim doesn’t want to be a wizard, much less a supernaturally-skilled janitor, burdened with defending civilization against the incursion of blot-hounds and other Scum in the service of Corruption. Unfortunately for her, Dani is…
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Shopkeeper, 72, will not face charges over florist raid death - Telegraph
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An elderly shopkeeper, Cecil Coley, who stabbed to death a burglar in Manchester will not face charges, as prosecutors reassured homeowne

Collings Notes: Functional Creation: John H. Walton’s THE LOST WORLD OF ...
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First, thanks where thanks are due: I was introduced to John H. Walton's study of the worldview of Genesis 1 by means of D. John Butler&

“He Said, She Said”—Speech Tags in Narrative | JournalStone
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Oh, no. Not another article on speech tags. Why? Perhaps the best reason to talk about dialogue attribution is that when used inappropriatel

Creative Writing: Description Prompt
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Description Prompt. (Hope you like it, Cori ;D Thanks for the challenge~) -------------- His eyelids fought to open against the drug-induced

Creative Writing: Cold Blooded - Draft 1
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Cold Blooded - Draft 1. THIS IS MY FIRST DRAFT. It is very rough and I know that it's bad and has many revisions to go but I figured tha

April Theme, "There's a Unicorn in my Rainbow", by Platte F. Clark
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April is a happening month. I'm not saying that just because my birthday is on April 1st. Here's what it's like being born on Ap

42wd Publishing: Pace Yourself - And Your Reader
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The book I'm reading right now has me thinking about pacing. It's a fiction novel with a historian as the main character. The writin

42wd Publishing: 42wd Publishing Sometimes Daily News
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Tombstone with the words The Web is Dead on it. I don't plan on doing a year in review, I don't plan on doing a 2012 prediction, and

42wd Publishing: Singin' the Rough Draft Blues
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237 pages When December 1 came around, I promised myself I would give it until January to start the edits. The thing is a beast: it's 23

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Featured New Book: Devil Sent the Rain by DJ Butler » West of Mars
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I met DJ Butler not too long ago, when he dropped into my inbox. A mutual friend had suggested we hook up, and let me tell you, I owe that m

D.J. Butler, HELLHOUND ON MY TRAIL (ROCK BAND FIGHTS EVIL, I)
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In more ways than one, that response seems eminently suitable for Butler's Hellhound on My Trail as well. It is a story that never gives

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Washing Pots in Prison, Looking For...
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EXCLUSIVE: Ever since Rod Blagojevich reported to prison, it's as if he vanished. But FOX Chicago News has learned exclusively that Illinois

E-Tales Read Lately
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I'm gonna repost here the review I put on amazon (on my wife's account) This short story is an excellent introduction into Charles G

On Writing Reviews
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For me, a review has a single purpose: To impel the reader to the book. If the reader has not yet read the work in question, the review shou

Have You Seen This? Great BYU prank |
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Some BYU students get high praise for one of the best pranks you have likely ever seen.

The Legend Thief (A Summary)
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The blog tour is in full swing. A big thanks to Dave Butler Writes for kicking things off yesterday! If you want the gory details about the

Literary R&R: Guest Reviewer Sarah Reviews: Hellhound on My Trail (R...
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Heaven doesn't want them. Do they stand a chance in Hell? Bass player Mike Archuleta is down on his luck in a major way. The shattered s

At last, it can be told. « NATHAN SHUMATE
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I haven't been updating my progress on my novel Black Tears, mainly because I haven't made any progress. Updates here on the blog ar

Collings Notes: Context Counts--D. John Butler Explores the Book of Mormon
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Nephi's small plates are a time capsule from the sixth century B.C., containing a “loser's eye view” of religion that strongly contr