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Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
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My Big Fat Blog Tour. Part One - The Gathering of the Host
For years I've wondered about blog tours, but every time I thought about doing one, I came up against a solid wall of my own ignorance. Many and many a time I've asked author friends about them, but I never even understood the answers, I'd try to think abou...

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Marriage Equality, a step on the road to a just society
Today's blog isn't going to be about writing. Or is it? Tathagata Buddha said, 'with our thoughts, we make the world'. The writer's task, au fond, is to create worlds with our words, and in the process, we may sometimes cause a small shift in this world we ...

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Promotional copies - they don't have to cost anything!
So often when I've been asked to review someone's book, the author has 'gifted' me a copy on Amazon. Not that I mind that, of course, but it always makes me a little sad to see a hard-working, underpaid independent author spending his money to get a review ...

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The Snowflake Effect
The world has moved on, as Roland would say. So much has changed over my life. Most of the things that used to enrage me as a child are no longer a thing. We've gone to the moon. We have smartphones and ebooks and we're all in touch with people all over the...

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On Labelling
In his marvellous book, A Fair Dinkum Pain in the Neck , author Peter Henri relates an argument with a hospital doctor. With his permission, I'll quote the section here: While I was working at the
hospital I went to the ear nose and throat department for an...

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Cast of Thousands Need Not Apply
Vampires. Werewolves. Witches. Zombies. Elves. Goblins. Fairies. Elder Gods. Practically every fantasy novel one pick up these days appears to have a cast of thousands, that makes Tolkien's five sentient species look positively stingy. Sometimes I imagine c...

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When You Get A Bad Review
For some of us that sorrowful day is still in the future, for some of us it's a traumatic memory. Some newer writers have even be heard to say they'd be grateful for any review, if only someone would write one, even if it was terrible. But make no mistake, ...

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Casts of Thousands Need Not Apply.
Vampires. Werewolves. Witches. Zombies. Elves. Goblins. Fairies. Elder Gods. Practically every fantasy novel one pick up these days appears to have a cast of thousands, that makes Tolkien's five sentient species look positively stingy. Sometimes I imagine c...

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Productivity Revisited - my problem solved; followup from 31 March
On 31 March this year, I posted a cautionary tale of productivity gone wrong. In that post, which you can see  HERE , I described how last year, despite meeting my daily wordcount goals and writing well over 200,000 words, I finished almost nothing.  My app...

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Series or Standalone - pros and cons
The trend towards writing series of novels has become increasingly strong in recent years, and there are many authors who do not write anything outside series. More and more lately, I've seen what amounts to a fundamental assumption by some independent writ...
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