Clarion Call #7: The Bassinet

Do with this what you will. Kelan leaned over the bassinet, gazing down at its tiny occupant. “Greetings, ancient one.” There are only two rules for Clarion Calls: If you choose to try the assignment, do not read the comments section before you post yours. This is a critique-free zone, and that includes critique of…… Continue reading Clarion Call #7: The Bassinet

Spec Tech: “Wait, who hit who?”

This week’s Spec Tech post is jointly written by the two linguists on the faculty: Ryan Denzer-King and Chris Doty. Before we dive into the topic of this week’s post, we need a bit of background. All languages have ways of indicating who is doing what to whom, a phenomenon known as person-marking. English, like…… Continue reading Spec Tech: “Wait, who hit who?”

Market Insights: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency

WIRED DIFFERENTLY In these troubled times for the book business I’m seeing a few authors selling much better than expected, many declining drastically, others staying flat.  Part of the reason for that crazy volatility, I think, is the unpredictable appeal of some genre books to readers who usually read other things. But my clients’ attempts…… Continue reading Market Insights: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency

Writer’s Craft #7 – Vocab for young readers

I received an inquiry, by e-mail, about what sort of vocabulary is appropriate for young adult novels. So I asked my friend and fellow author Leslie Carmichael who writes for young people. Here’s what Leslie ( had to say: I’ve been mulling over your question for a couple of days, and I’m not sure that…… Continue reading Writer’s Craft #7 – Vocab for young readers

Clarion Call #6: The Lost Track

Happy weekend, writers!  I intend to rotate between the types of prompts we use, so this week let’s try another musical meditation.  Our selection is the lost “boat music” from World of Warcraft’s second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King.  Due to game performance issues, Blizzard later took the track out of the game, but…… Continue reading Clarion Call #6: The Lost Track