Category Archives: writing

Relatables

Last night I read the opening chapters of a novel by an aspiring local writer. There were lots of problems; reading it and taking notes was a sad process. I don’t want to go into every detail of what I … Continue reading

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They’re Alive, Jim!

Pleased as punch to announce that both of my new books are now LIVE on Amazon. Where y’all can buy them if so inclined. Paperback or e-book. While Caesar Sang of Hercules is a mystery set in ancient Rome. Amateur … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal II!

The scribblin’ elves at the Aikin Magic Factory have been busy. Two books published within a week of one another! Truth is, both of these projects have been in the works for years. The short story collection is already live … Continue reading

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Connecting

Writing is a solitary activity, we all know that. I’d like to find meaningful connections with other writers, but it’s hard. This afternoon I sat through the 90-minute monthly Zoom meeting with the local writers’ group (which is affiliated with … Continue reading

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Stick With It

In keeping with my new resolution to ignore the flaws in novels that I start reading and actually finish them, I have now plowed through to the very end of Tiger Burning Bright by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Andre Norton, and … Continue reading

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Digital Dodging

So you’ve written something using Scrivener, and now you’re ready to publish it to Amazon as an e-book. Scrivener will output the .mobi format that Amazon Kindle uses, so you just click a couple of times and you’re good to … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal!

Over the years a few of my stories have been published various places — in Asimov’s, in Fantasy & Science Fiction, and so on. Yeah, paying markets. I don’t tend to submit to amateur zines. I also have a few … Continue reading

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Reading Uncritically

Oh, good! He’s going to blog about writing again! Yes, indeed. Sorry for the distractions. Over the years I have bailed out on more novels than I finished reading — sometimes after ten or twenty pages, sometimes halfway through Book … Continue reading

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It’s What’s Up Front That Counts

I have a completed novel that’s ready to roll out, but I don’t yet have a cover for it. This is immensely frustrating. I’ve had a couple of different artists work on covers (and paid them for their efforts, to … Continue reading

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Dull Thud

Yes, it’s time for another Oblong Book Review, brought to you by Mr. Grumpy, Inc. This month the local science fiction book club decided to read Lightning Strike by Catherine Osaro. I had never read any of her work. She’s … Continue reading

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