Progress on the WIP: SciFi in the Making.

  The end of another week, and the 2nd rewrite is complete at 92,417 words, which is an increase of 1,159: the total is supposed to diminish when you’re editing! No matter. I had a brief online chat with my publisher this week and sent him the synopsis. We’ve decided on a deadline for completion, …

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Searching for the Right Words? Tip #33

  This series aims to help authors express the full meaning and emotional content of their fiction. As writers, we seek to inspire readers with joy, stoke their terrors, romance them with love, overwhelm them with horror, inflame their passions. This set of posts examines how we might influence mood, illustrating how word choice and …

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Searching for the Right Words? Tip #32

  This series is intended to help authors express the full meaning and emotional content of their fiction. As writers, we want to inspire readers with joy, stoke their terrors, romance them with love, overwhelm them with horror, inflame their passions. This set of posts examines how we might influence mood, illustrating how word choice …

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Last Week of #eBook Bargains

Final reminder that you can save money on eBooks during July. And a further reduction on my own books for the last week of this promotion. Smashwords is a publishing platform for all formats of eBooks. I’ve several books with them. July is their promotional month, when authors who wish to participate offer discounts. This …

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Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

The end of one more week, and I’ve ended up with 91,258 words for the 2nd rewrite. That’s an extra 1,814, mostly in the form of news reports to set the scene. I’m now making sure each narrator remains consistent through his or her contribution. A couple more ‘sources’ of information have been added to …

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Visiting Fellow, by Dave Williamson, Reviewed.

Gentle comedy, interspersed with charmingly naughty sexual encounters and academic forays characterise this novel. Before I go any further, let me stress that this is not erotica; the sex comes with a naivety that arouses smiles rather than passion in the reader. Set in Canada and Tasmania, the novel follows the adventures, trials and triumphs …

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Searching for the Right Words? Tip #31

This series is intended to help authors express the full meaning and emotional content of their fiction. As writers, we want to inspire readers with joy, stoke their terrors, romance them with love, overwhelm them with horror, inflame their passions. This set of posts examines how we might influence mood, illustrating how word choice and …

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Searching for the Right Words? Tip #30

This series is intended to help writers select the best words to express the meaning and emotional content of their fiction. As writers, we want to inspire readers with joy, stoke their terrors, romance them with love, overwhelm them with horror, inflame their passion. This set of posts examines ways of influencing mood by illustrating …

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July: eBook Bargain Month on Smashwords

A quick reminder that you can save money on eBooks during July. Smashwords, for those who aren’t aware, is a publishing platform for all formats of eBooks. I have several books with them. July is their promotional month, when those who wish to participate offer discounts on our books. This gives readers the chance to …

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Progress on the WIP: SciFi in the Making.

The end of another week, and I’ve ended up with 89,444 words for this 2nd rewrite. So, that’s an extra 2,294. I started making sure each individual voice remains consistent through the narrative and, so far, I’ve checked and corrected 11,780 words in that process. Interesting little interruption during the work: Scrivener decided it was …

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Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries, by Joylene Nowell Butler, Reviewed.

This book is a police procedure crime novel, with the bonus that it’s set in Canada and therefore reveals both cultural and procedural aspects that may be new to many readers. Certainly, aspects of this fascinating tale led me across entirely new ground. The three main characters are intriguing in their complexity, and the fourth, …

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Searching for the Right Words? Tip #29

This series aims to help writers use the right words to express their meaning and emotional content. All thoughts and comments are welcome. As a writer, you want to inspire readers with joy, stoke their terrors, romance them with love, overwhelm them with horror. This set of posts examines ways of influencing mood by selecting …

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The Democracy Delusion, UK.

From time to time, some topic fires me with enough passion to express a view. However, this website is really about readers and writers, so I've joined a website more appropriate for such outpourings. If you click on this link, it will take you to my first post on that website. It's a longish piece …

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Searching for the Right Words? Tip #28

This series aims to help writers use the right words to express their meaning and, more importantly, the feelings of their characters. All thoughts and comments are welcome. As a writer, you want to inspire readers with joy, stoke their terrors, romance them with love, overwhelm them with horror. This set of posts examines ways …

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Progress on the WIP: SciFi in the Making.

The end of the week, and I’ve ended up with 87,150 words at the end of this 2nd rewrite. I’ve spent a fair amount of the time available in moulding passages originally created for the pov’s of 4 antagonists so that each is consistent. It’s difficult to get into the mind-set of evil people, so …

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