Author Archives: midiguru

The Reader as Collaborator

Recent research in neurophysiology makes it pretty clear that when we walk into a room or walk down the street, we don’t simply see the real world, though of course we think we do. Rather, our brain constructs our perception … Continue reading

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Teasers

The Mortal Word is the fifth book in Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series. I’ll cheerfully admit I’m hooked on them. The stories are overwrought and a bit cheesy, but they’re good fun. I waited eagerly for The Mortal Word, and … Continue reading

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Wrap-Up

The fat lady is warming up just offstage. Barring unforeseen glitches that need fixing, the Leafstone saga (or quartet, or series, or epic — pick your noun) is now complete. Tonight I uploaded the final files for the paperback editions … Continue reading

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Tinsel & Tissue

There’s an important place in fantasy literature for places and events that are just flat-out amazing — colorful, fresh, spectacular, and beautifully fleshed out by the author. But is an amazing spectacle all that’s needed to propel a novel, or … Continue reading

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Screenshot (Wide Angle)

Recently a friend suggested I consider turning my 4-volume epic into a screenplay. “It’s a good story,” she said. “They’re looking for good stories.” So what the hell, let’s think about it. I’ve got time on my hands and nothing … Continue reading

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Pacing

Ross MacDonald was a master of the hard-boiled detective genre. This week I re-read The Chill and The Galton Case, and now I’m reading Find a Victim. There would be no point at this late date in trying to imitate … Continue reading

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What’s New, Pussycat?

I haven’t been able to track down the quote, so I’m going to summarize. In explaining her famous line, “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose,” Gertrude Stein said that in the early days of poetry, a … Continue reading

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