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What I’m Reading: Lotería

Now here’s a beautifully written novel for older kids: Lotería, by Karla Arenas Valenti. And great for practicing your Spanish, too, as there are numerous Spanish phrases throughout, always followed by a translation in the text. The book is organized around a game of chance called Lotería (kind of like Bingo) played by Life and…

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Ranking the Twilight Zone

I’m engaged in a project with my twelve-year old daughter to watch every single Twilight Zone episode and rank them. We watch and run them through a rubric to give them a score from 0 to 7. The episodes are graded in three categories: Concept/Plot/Characters (4 points), Tone (1 point), and The Twist (2 points).…

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What I’m Reading: The Way of Kings

My brother sent me Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings a couple years ago with his highest recommendations, but I’ve been put off until now by the sheer length of the book. It’s a bit more than a thousand pages, and I just don’t have time for that! I finally got around to reading it,…

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Last Days of Atlantis: Status Update, 28 April

This past week, I’ve felt a bit in the doldrums in my work on the third novel in the Atlantis trilogy. This often happens when you get to the middle of the book, once you’re past the initial burst of energy with starting a new project. It’s happening to me now because I realized I…

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Last Days of Atlantis: Status Update, 21 April

Okay, I’m trying to make status updates on The Last Days of Atlantis trilogy a regular, weekly thing to keep interested readers in the loop. Have I made any progress in the past week? Yes, a bit! Details below. Remember, title of the first book in the series is Mother Ink and you can read…

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Top Five Songs to Inspire Science Fiction Writers

In earlier posts, I suggested Five Songs to Inspire Writers, Five Songs to Inspire Fantasy Writers, and Five Songs to Inspire Horror Writers. Now we’ll move on to science fiction. Robots. Spaceships. Aliens. Intrepid explorers traveling to the farthest reaches of the galaxy in pursuit of knowledge and adventure. If that’s what you want to…

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Last Days of Atlantis: Special Announcement and Status Update

I’m proud to announce the upcoming publication of my new epic fantasy trilogy The Last Days of Atlantis! I’ve been at work on the trilogy since the beginning of COVID, and am now on the rough draft of the third book. It’s by far the longest, most-involved writing project I’ve ever taken on. We’re fast…

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New cover for The Love Machine!

All a sixteen-year-old up-and-coming rockstar needs is a Love Machine—and Alva’s invented one. Alva’s a genius sixteen-year-old inventor and a wannabe rockstar. He’s invented a Love Machine, but he’s about to learn the cost of using it might be higher than he ever imagined. The Love Machine: So simple it could be included in a…

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Ranking the Twilight Zone

I’m engaged in a project with my twelve-year old daughter to watch every single Twilight Zone episode and rank them. We watch and run them through a rubric to give them a score from 0 to 7. The episodes are graded in three categories: Concept/Plot/Characters (4 points), Tone (1 point), and The Twist (2 points).…

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What I’m Reading: Book Marketing Is Dead

Book Marketing is Dead is a free downloadable book by indie author and guru Derek Murphy (available here). The thesis of his book is that the old way of book marketing–hiring publicists, sending out press releases, going to book signings or on book tours, and, except in very limited circumstances, advertising–is no longer the way…

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