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Affinity for War

Cover Reveal – Affinity for War!

Check out this amazing cover for Affinity for War from artist Brad Fraunfelter! Yet again, he has brought a Petralist book to life. Major revisions for Affinity for War are complete! This book is turning out fantastic. It’s even bigger and more epic than ever, taking the adventures of Connor and his friends over the […]

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Thor: Ragnarok – The Brilliance of Humor

Thor: Ragnarok is one of the best Marvel movies ever. Why? It’s funny. Other Marvel movies have done a great job of incorporating humor into otherwise serious films. The Guardians of the Galaxy movies are excellent examples, and I love all the excellent one-liners in the original Avengers movie. But Thor: Ragnarok is the first […]

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Did I Hit my Goals

Not Enough Time in the Day

2017 is almost over. This year went by way too fast. I wish each month had a couple more weeks in it. I love setting goals. Goals motivate me to work harder and stay focused. This year I set a lot of writing goals, and there’s a chance I over-estimated how much I could accomplish. […]

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Shrek - Layers

Writing Stories – One Layer at a Time

I love in Shrek when he tells Donkey that ogres are like onions. They have layers. Even though Donkey suggests layered cake would be a better image, the onion analogy really works. Books can be like ogres, onions, or cake, depending on the day and how your current scene is going. They’ve got lots of […]

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Write Today - And Keep Writing

NaNoWriMo – The Day After

Like many writers, new and experienced, you may be gearing up for a dedicated writing month in November, eager to crack that 50,000 word goal of NaNoWriMo. Good luck! I hope you nail it. I hope you hit 50,000 words with days to spare. Then what? The fun thing about NaNoWriMo and setting a big […]

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SLC Comicon – Part 2 – As a Vendor

Earlier this month, I talked about SLC comicon, which I have attended multiple times. In the past, I attended as one of the authors participating with the Bard’s Tower. Those experiences were awesome. I not only learned a ton about how to run a successful vendor booth, but I loved meeting and networking with all […]

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SLC Comicon – A Feast for the Eyes

This month in Fictorians, we’re talking all about conventions! Today I’m discussing past experiences at SLC comicon, and in a couple of weeks I’ll share new insights from attending it again this year! So far I’ve attended several comicons, and they are all tons of fun. I’ve been to Emerald City in Seattle twice, and […]

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Using Deadlines to Drive Momentum

Writing is an act of creation. Building a poem, a short story, or a novel is a project that requires continuing effort for sometimes months or years. Completing that project is not easy. I’ve seen statistics that suggest maybe 1% of all the writers who begin a novel ever actually complete one. For those of […]

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Lessons Learned from Indie Publishing

(This post was featured on Fictorians on June 19th. All last month, we talked about small presses and publishing. Check out this post there, along with the other great Fictorians posts last month) I started writing over a dozen years ago, when indie publishing wasn’t really a viable option. The flood of services, tools, and […]

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May Tulips

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Hopefully you’re having a barbecue. ¬†This month the Fictorians are discussing what makes different novels stand out, and why you can recognize a particular author’s works, even across series. What is the ‘special sauce’ they use? Today I get to discuss my own books as an example. What makes a Frank […]

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