Alma Alexander: High Science And High Fantasy Walk Into A Bar

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I have a science degree. Well, I have three, actually. I got my basic undergraduate BSc back in 1984, and then followed that up with what in South Africa at the time was a stepping-stone half-undergraduate and half-postgrad degree known as BSc (Hons.)

In my Honours year, there were five of us – three young women, two young men, all eager-beaver young scientists all dewy fresh and enthusiastic. At our post-graduation-ceremony celebration, gathered together at the worst-kept secret at my University, a watering hole called Spanish Gardens. (I used it as a setting for a novel I wrote back before the Mayans said the world would end.)

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Dawn Vogel on Writing in Shared Universes


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Today Dawn Vogel has agreed to talk to us today about writing in shared universes.

GC: Dawn please tell us about yourself. What do you write? What themes tend to appear in your work? Which writers have influenced you?

I’m a Midwest native who transplanted herself to the West Coast almost 10 years ago. Though I’ve been writing all my life, I started getting serious about it after my transplanting. I write speculative fiction, though I tend toward a lot of fantasy, steampunk, and alternate history. Most of what I write is short stories, but I have published one novella, and my first novel is due out in 2017.

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Letters: Writer to Writer

Hey Writer,

I participated in NaNoWriMo last month. This is my fourteenth year and fourteenth win. I nearly didn’t make it. My forty-nine year old brother had a stroke and a few days later my ninety-one year old Dad had a heart attack. They are both doing well, but my novel looks like a lovely vase that someone dropped on a tile floor.

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Writing Book Review: The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell

The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell © 2009

Writing books come in three flavors: technical manuals on craft, how-to books on publishing, and the writing life/creative life books. The authors of this last category focus either on how a particularly successful writer became that way or the transition from wannabe to professional writer. The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell falls into this last category. Bell uses the metaphor of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War to advise new writers on how to become professionals. Like Sun Tzu, Bell divides up the book into three sections: Reconnaissance, Tactics and Strategies. Each section is made up of a series of mini-essays (more than seventy total) identifying the skills and temperaments that are associated with a successful writing career.

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