Dandelion Wine

I am re-reading Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine. It is about summer, and life, and death. Therefore, summer is the time to read it. The fireflies aren't quite out yet (firefly season is the ideal ideal time to read it), but I am going slowly, to make it last. Sometimes I read passages out loud to my cat, who has a tin ear for prose...though a great ear for mice.

All this is to say, I am reading Dandelion Wine

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Storium Worlds – Diremoon

If you're into gaming, or cool ideas, or just like to watch successful Kickstarter campaigns, you may have seen Storium.

Storium is a new game that truly brings storytelling to the forefront of gaming. The mechanics are tight and the possibilites endless. What else can you ask for?

How about a world?

I'm super excited to have the chance to add to the Storium worldbuilding juggernaut. Nick and I are going to bring the world of Diremoon to Storium. And

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Best Podcasts for Writers

The previous post covered favorite writing tools. But I forgot one tool: podcasts! So here is the extra special bonus podcast post.

Since I’m mostly alone--all day, every day--I like to listen to other voices. But TV is pure distraction for me. I can’t have it on in the background, and I’ve never been able to think well when looking at multiple screens.

Podcasts are different. The best ones are like listening in on the conversations of

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5 Tools to Ninja up your Writing

I want to share my top five writing tools. Not all of these will work for everyone, but if nothing else, I hope it make you think about your own writing process and how you can improve it (and we can always improve, no matter how good we are).


Byword: I love Byword. It’s a distraction-free writing app, and it really is just that—tons of white space, and very little in the way of features (it only works

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“Yes or Hell, No?” On Writing for Exposure

In an ideal world, all artists would be paid for all their work.

We do not live in an ideal world.

Any writer can tell you how hard it is to get fairly compensated for the work you do. Even a short story can take a long time to do well: maybe a week or two, maybe several months. Once you calculate the hours it takes to get a short story ready to sell (for up to $200-300—if you

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Finding Your Editor

(Warning: This post is pretty long, cause it turns out I have a lot to say.)

In the debate over traditional versus indie publishing, one of the arguments I’ve seen pop up on the “go trad” side is that one doesn’t have to hire an editor. The publisher already has editors on staff, and therefore that part of the job is done. Finding an editor is just too hard.

I’d reply that finding an editor is not

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