Fictional universes can be strange places, but to my endless fascination the real universe — the one you and I actually live in — is a pretty strange place too. Over countless years of looking up astronomers have discovered some very, very strange things in the sky. Here are some odd places that really exist.…… Continue reading Spec Tech: Weird Places in the Universe
Are there no-nos for how to start a novel? And can you break the ‘rules’? Part 1: Courtesan Prince in my Okal Rel series starts with a recruiter springing rel-pilot Ann from a group home to go meet some crazies called Sevolites. It takes place on a beach. But at least Ann wasn’t being sensitive…… Continue reading Writer’s Craft #29 – Never open with a ?
Hello, friends of Clarion! We are now at the halfway point of the Write-a-Thon, and we are halfway to our goal. While it may sound like we’re on track, the overall picture is a bit less rosy, as donations have slowed down considerably. Our writers brought in a total of around $1,000 last week, and…… Continue reading 2011 Write-a-Thon, Week 4
Local geology has a profound effect on on culture. Geology determines what sort of agriculture is possible, for example, and will influence economy with the presence (or absence) of gemstones and metals. Geology can also determine what sort of building materials are present for humans (or non-humans!) to use in construction of dwellings. We’re all…… Continue reading Spec Tech: The Whole Tuff and Nothing but the Tuff
Multi book deals: Pros and Cons As an agent who has done single book, two books, and three book deals in the past, I was asked by Clarion to discuss the positives and negatives of single or multi-book deals. Before I start, I want to point out that authors facing this decision should consult with…… Continue reading Market Insights: Ginger Clark, Curtis Brown, Ltd.