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The Hugo Awards: Who Gives A Shit? Author Bullshit.

Apparently there is problem with the nominations for this year’s HUGO awards.

First. How many of you know how to nominate a book for those awards? 585 more words

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Traits of Successful Writers IV-- Craft Tuesday at Write on the River

Open-Mindedness

You could also call this willingness to change. This is not only important when starting out, but it is perhaps even more important after first getting published. 1,699 more words

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45 Years Ago Today: Apollo 13 Successfully Returned

Apollo 13:  Successful Failure

“From this day forward, Flight Control will be known by two words: ‘Tough’ and ‘Competent.’ Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do. 453 more words

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103 Years Ago Today: Titanic Sinks

“There is no danger that Titanic will sink. The boat is unsinkable and nothing but inconvenience will be suffered by the passengers.”  Phillip Franklin, White Star Line vice-president, 1912… 380 more words

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Traits of Successful Writers III-- Craft Tuesday at Write on the River

Contentment & Desire

I started by saying wanting to make a million dollars isn’t the best motivation to write a novel. But you do need some tangible reasons. 1,236 more words

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Traits of Successful Writers II—Craft Tuesday at Write on the River

An Active Imagination

A story is a living, active world you invent. Imagination is essential.

In some ways a story is like a chess game in that you have to be able to think half-a-dozen to a dozen steps ahead for all of your pieces (characters) while at the same time considering what the other guy might be doing (the limitations of your plot; the point of view chosen to present the story, etc.). 753 more words

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153 Years Ago Today: The Battle of Shiloh Begins

Scattered throughout Shiloh National Cemetery are plaques with portions of the poem:  Bivouac of the Dead by Theodore O’Hara.  Here is the opening stanza:

The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat… 300 more words

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