Writing Stupid People

As a writer you have to deal with all kinds of characters, many of them perceived as offensive or undesirable. You could write man vs. nature tales all day long and avoid this problem altogether, but if you find that plan limiting, then you’re going to have these characters in …

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Charlatan’s Magic: Excerpt

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“Are you really a magician?” Ben asked in a croaking voice. Ming turned with a glint in his eye. “Do you believe in magic?” “No.” “Then how could I really be a magician?” Ben shrugged. “I could be wrong.” “Oh, that’s good.” The old man snickered through yellowing teeth. “I …

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Charlatan’s Magic: Cover Art Reveal

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I wanted the cover of this book to be dark and dirty, like the cobbled streets of Rathlera late at night. The shadowy figure of Ming Loo was always the right choice for me as far as who to feature. It isn’t simply because he is the titular charlatan. His …

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The Pen, Mightier Than the Keyboard?

This article by Holly Lisle titled How to Revise a Novel is an excellent read. There are lots of good ideas and it’s well worth your time. I would like to focus on one particular part of her process that is entirely alien to me. Ms. Lisle makes prodigious use …

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Critique My New Cover Art

Wind Rider Cover Art

In anticipation of launching Wind Rider in print, I have created a new cover image. My first image struck me as cartoonish once I starred pruning it out and looking at proofs . This time I chose to go with an image I created originally for the header of my …

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