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Creatives! Grieve. Give support. Then get back to work. This shoe will be a long time falling.

We’re waiting for the other shoe to drop. For those of us who remotely identify with the left, tracking its trajectory is agony. Some of us need to take time out to process and grieve, and to support to our vulnerable

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My writing space

I write inside a small room off our living room. With the door open I have daylight. In an empty house, I have peace. I have two monitors, a windows PC running Scrivener.  Lots of books (not shown in the picture)

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Big Magic Creativity Beyond Fear when you’re a professional with responsibilities

So I just reviewed Elizabeth “Eat Love Pray” Gilbert’s Big Magic for Black Gate. It’s a good entertaining book, and it has a wise message: Give yourself permission to enjoy your creativity for its own sake; don’t burden it with

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How do I manage my writing time?

Writers must multi-task. Professionally, it’s a must — we’re editing one manuscript while drafting another, all the while keeping up with blogging and admin. Artistically, it’s also a must. Too long just editing and we grow stale and twitchy. Too long

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Swords Versus Tanks — what “10 years in the making” means

I wrote the first lines of Swords Versus Tanks in 2003, just before Kurtzhau was born. He’s now 11 going on 12. So it seems I’m either Tolkien — a genius slaving away over his magnum opus — or actually a complete loser. The

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The Sky Tomb of the Earth Kings – a story in Heroika Dragon Eaters

“Zombie dragons, vampire dwarves, elves, animated skeletons, a flying city,  a steampunk zeppelin, a bounty hunter…” Kurtzhau (now aged 11) had asked me what I put into my story for Janet Morris’s Dragon Eaters anthology, and now he’s listening with

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Writing, illness and outlining

“It creeps up on you,” says my writer friend. “Yes!” I swig from my third coffee. It’s the only way I can stay alert. “Like a live lobster being cooked… gosh can I smell seafood?” We’re talking about the experience

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Posted in Outlining, Writing Life, Writing Tips

Loncon3

Had a blast at Loncon3, though was a very small fish in a very large literary pond. Got to hang out with Joshua Palmatier after knowing him online for years, and spend quality time with Peadar Ó Guilín, another LJ

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At Loncon 3!

We’re shortly off to Loncon 3. A lot of my heroes will be there, but hopefully I can avoid any embarrassing fanboy moments like at World Fantasy Con last year: Charlie: Martin. Look behind you…. Hello Joe. Me: What..? (leaps to

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And so it — drafting — begins

I have the opening to Barbarian in the City outlined: The cast list has also grown: OLD DOCK GANG Madok – Leader. DINDRAYN – Girl Thief. Blonde. RM calls her “little sister” and treats her as a Sword Triber. Catigern

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Posted in Barbarian in the City, Outlining, Scrivener, Writing Life