Monthly Archives: October 2012

Writing: Your Characters Must Earn (or Have Earned) Their Skills

If you want your reader to believe in your make-believe world and suspend disbelief, make sure to show that your characters have earned their skills, knowledge, and powers. Michael Jordan is quite possibly the world’s greatest, most skilled basketball player. … Continue reading

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My Sunday NecronomiCon Panel/Signing Schedule–St. Petersburg, FL

Today at NecronomiCon, I’m panel free. I will be signing the remainder of my stash of books until 2:00pm, so make sure to hurry over. Be sure to check out my Sample Sunday chapter: Out of the Shadows–Chapter 13! Never … Continue reading

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Sample Sunday: Out of the Shadows–Chapter 13

For today’s writing sample, I’m including a pivotal scene from my second novel, The Elysian Chronicles: Out of the Shadows. A few things to note: Out of the Shadows (and A Prophecy Forgotten) take place in two dimensions. In this … Continue reading

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My Saturday NecronomiCon Panel/Signing Schedule–St. Petersburg, FL

This weekend, I am speaking on panels and signing books at NecronomiCon at the Hilton Bayfront in St. Petersburg, FL. My Panel Schedule for today is as follows: DAY TIME ROOM EVENT NAME Saturday 9:00:00 AM ST PETE 2 Getting … Continue reading

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My Friday NecronomiCon Panel/Signing Schedule–St. Petersburg, FL

This weekend, I am speaking on panels and signing books at NecronomiCon at the Hilton Bayfront in St. Petersburg, FL. PLEASE NOTE: We had a little problem with the book shipments for this weekend. (And this has nothing to do … Continue reading

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Writing: Use Realistic Numbers, Sizes, and Time Limits

Both mainstream and speculative writers need to make sure they do their research on numbers, spaces, sizes, and time limits. If your readers don’t trust your numbers, they won’t trust you, nor will they suspend their disbelief for you again.  … Continue reading

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Writing: Keeping Character Confrontation Results Realistic

If you don’t prove your character deserves to win, no amount of writing technique is going to get your readers to suspend disbelief and buy into your story. Picture a baseball field. Imagine that Roger Clemons has taken the mound. … Continue reading

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