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Alain Gomez
Short Story Author and Blogger
Short Story Author and Blogger

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Review of "The Truth about Rebecca," a short story by E.M. Youman
Summary: She's a banshee screaming, sugar-starved monster, and her zookeeper has left you all alone with her. That's what's running through twenty-nine-year-old Henry Dalton's mind, when his five-year-old stepdaughter, Rebecca, enters the room and utters th...

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The Bartender's Daughter (Adventure) - Gorg Chum Saga 10
Gorg snapped his attention back to the present but found himself unable to form the words at first.  The female before him had beautiful coloring and practically oozed with pheromones.  How she had not yet managed to stir up the entire cantina into a mating...

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Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story
Filmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Toy Story," "WALL-E") shares what he knows about storytelling -- starting at the end and working back to the beginning. (Contains graphic language ...)

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Dohol Super Battleship (Ship)
Creators:   Telma on the planet Shofar Speed:   9/4 Armor:  2/7 Maneuverability: 4/3 Description:   The Dohol super battleship is as extreme as its creators, making it a formidable presence.  It is twice as large as most standard battleships and can host an...

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Common Writing Mistake: Directionless Plot
Plot, by definition, is the main events in a story or play.  A key thing to note here is that plot shapes the story like the framework for a house.  Details should be filled in but without logical framework the structure will collapse. Something that I see ...

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Designer (Profession)
Description: With increased friction between the Imperium and the Rebellion it is no wonder that the demand for specialized assets has become so high.  Wether he is working on a new ship or weapon, a designer is always striving to push technology to its lim...

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6 Years Writing
.... and I forgot my own writing anniversary. But that's ok.  I don't think that's a bad thing.  I've stopped thinking about writing milestones, to be honest.  Writing is now something that I do as part of my day, no questions asked. This is interesting bec...

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Why I Write about Elves: Terry Brooks at TEDxRainier
Prolific bestselling author of epic fantasy literature, Terry Brooks shares what inspires him to write, discusses what writers and readers bring to written works, and explores how fantasy literature can be a domain for resolving challenging questions and is...

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Common Writing Mistake: World Building
World building is a tricky subject because there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the problem.  Ask ten writers how they attempt to make their fantasy world rich and immersive and you will probably get ten different answers.  And this is not necessarily ...

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Review of "Never Chase Space Potatoes with Teenage Girls," a short story by Mack Moyer
Summary: Mike takes his dying mother to a desolate island resort, eagerly awaiting his inheritance once the old gal kicks the bucket, then finds himself in the company of a beautiful teenage girl. Naturally, Mike and his new friend are visited by what could...
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