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Bit of Luck

Penn’s footsteps echoed on the old boardwalk. The wake of a passing boat sloshed water over his memories, all along the canal. Years had passed since he’d been on Rigel 4 with Sharon. She’d been one of the best things…

Penn Buys a Space Lizard Hide

Hobbling down the Antonia’s ramp, Penn’s eyes widened in the early morning darkness. His leg wrapped in a force field that protected the burns he’d gotten in the exit fight on Sirius station. Lights glowed on an empty landing pad…

A tale of an AI Controlled Guard Unit

Fourth Paw settled down in the sniper’s nest on top of Automated Guard Unit Nine. Fourth and Nine depended on each other. Fourth had gone feral due to her small size and being the bottom of the pecking order of…

Themes and Motifs

I didn’t think about what themes and motifs meant to a novel until recently. When I did put some thought into them, I realized that some of what my work needed was a consistent: “what is my book about?” When…

Micro Stories To Develop Novel Scenes

Thanks to writing micro stories for The SciFi Roundtable, I discovered writing them when working on a novel scene works. It allows me to try out different moods, settings, character and theme development, tone, and plot work in just a…

Vogler’s “A Writer’s Journey”

It has taken me over a month to re-read his book. Taking extensive notes, re-reading as I go. He has spent a lot of time studying storytelling. The pages are crammed with useful insights and information. Being old, it requires…

What Pen to Use?

The last couple months, I have been handwriting six or seven pages a day. Laying out characters, the world, plot, theme, etc. for a new book. Or taking notes from websites like Reedsy and novel-writing-help or from books like Vogler’s…

Going Back to Basics

I want to improve my writing. Nothing fancy. Better flow. Be more interesting. Good pacing. Vivid characters. Intriguing plot. For the moment, I have stopped bringing my work to critiques. I am not editing as I write. I am carefully…

Life

Good things happen and bad. You get busy and don’t take care of what you need to. Whether it is writing or the people around you. If you want to actually take care of things, you need a plan, and…

When You Are Stuck

There are all kinds of things you can try. I have written about some of them before. The one that usually works when nothing else does are pictures. I go back through some of my old photos and sooner or…

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