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Which do you prefer? A great blogger I admire asked question “Which do you prefer?” and I had to share it. I don’t know if she came up with this or if she found it somewhere but I think it sums up the two camps better than any lengthy paragraph I could ever come up with.

“Fans of science fiction (and dystopia) want to explore ways to change our existing world. Fans of fantasy want to explore ways to escape the limitations of this world.”

I can’t pick. Please don’t make me.

What an amazing idea. So amazing that I am sharing it. I can’t wait for my next visit to Barnes & Noble.

Project Light to Life

I first learned of this idea on a “Kind Acts” suggestion page on Google. Afterward, I experienced the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon — when you hear of something once and afterward, it seems as if you keep hearing about it — when multiple readers told me they already did or want to follow through with this idea.

As an English major, who absolutely loves to read and considers spending hours in “Barnes & Noble” to be heaven, I found the idea of leaving a nice note in a book for a stranger to find ideal.

I’d been putting this one off for a bit because I didn’t know what to say in the note or what book I would leave it in. Then the other day, I decided to just go for it; one of my all-time favorite books is “Wuthering Heights,” so I figured I would personalize the note toward that…

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Why We Need Nomads

Posted: August 10, 2013 in Reblogged

“Not all those who wander are lost” – JRR Tolkien

This is an incredibly interesting and thought provoking article.

Vanessa Runs

Jamming and bumming around on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska

I recently stumbled on a Quora question in which the writer was thinking about quitting his job and selling his possessions to travel the world. He gave a brief description of himself (single, in his 20s, a job but no career), and asked whether he should go for it.

The resounding answer was yes, but not necessarily because it was a respectable lifestyle. Rather, because he was young enough to get away with it. Because he still had time to build a career, a family, and a real life. Because now was the time to get the travel bug out of his system.

I was glad to read the encouragement and travel tips he received, but couldn’t help wonder: what if a 40-something man with three young children also wanted to become a nomad?

A nomad is someone who travels extensively, with no real home to speak of other than…

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Fabulous article on the power of restraint in your work.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Today, we are going to hear from my Panster Plotting Maven Jami Gold. What are some of the essentials for creating magic in our fiction? Sometimes, the answer is simpler than we might believe ;).

For many things in life, more is better. In stores, we see packaging with “Bonus 10% extra!”, “Now even bigger!”, and “Twice the number of chocolate chips per cookie!” (That last one is unquestionably better. One of my greatest achievements is making chocolate chip cookies with just enough batter to glue the chips together. Heh.)

But in writing, the standard beliefs don’t always apply. More adverbs or adjectives don’t make our writing better. Excessive word counts often indicate fluff writing. And going into excruciating detail about every item in a room makes for boring reading.

We especially tend to make these mistakes when we first start writing. We might think readers need to picture the…

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Reblogging someone else’s awesomeness.

I am a huge fan of SyFy’s crazy movies, and Sharknado is no different. Rocky father/daughter relationship, random tornadoes, horrible CGI shark attacks, chain saws, and bad acting…it’s great for family-time.

But what really REALLY sold me on this blog was the bit about Star Wars being ruined by the introduction of Metachlorians. Rationalizing the existence of The Force to appease the muggles. The Force doesn’t need to be explained, it just needs to maintain continuity.

Anyway, this blog is great, lots of very interesting discussion points.

This brought a smile to my face. We have all had projects and deadlines that we just can’t make ourselves focus on. I have done many a time, staring at the computer screen getting more and more fristreated at the assignment, and myself.

What if I actually allow myself to be distracted, do something else that I have been wanting to do. Then I can sit back down, not feeling that I have waisted time, but that I have used it elsewhere.

Colin M. Drysdale

I’ve been meaning to write a post about procrastination for some time, but I keep putting it off. Obviously that’s just a bad joke, but there is a serious point behind it. Procrastination has been the death of many a writing project.  You know you really should be doing your five thousand words for the day, or five hundred, or five, but you suddenly find you have a burning desire to do something more important instead.  Something like checking your emails for the third time in ten minutes, or looking to see whether any of your friends have changed their status on Facebook since this morning, or reading that new blog article that’s just been posted, anything other than actually sitting down and writing.

Unfortunately, modern technology means there’s a plethora of temptations just a click away, and it can take all your will power to keep your hands on…

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Maps and adventures go hand-in-hand. The grander the journey, the more fantastic the map.

A Pilgrim in Narnia

Hogwarts Platform 9 three quartersIf I were to print a business card for what I do as a fantasy writer, in the section called “title” I would put, “Speculative Cosmographer.” Fancy title, eh?

Well, broken down, it really just means fictional world-builder. When I write, as all fantasy writers do, I create a world that is consistent within itself. These “Other Worlds” may have their own languages, beliefs, sciences, social structures, laws, and arts. When the author does this well, as in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, C.S. Lewis’ Narnia, or Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea, the world must rhyme with itself, if you will. It cannot have jarring inconsistencies, or tears in the social or scientific fabric that betray the authenticity of that world. The boundary between that world and our own is clear. Middle Earth has some connection to our world today, but you won’t find it accidentally by taking a wrong…

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