Writing

The Alien Invasion Trope

Ever since 1938, when the Orson Welles' produced radio drama of The War of the Worlds scared the bejeebus out of everyone, by far the most dominant narrative involving aliens from outer space has been one of violent invasion of Earth.

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Guest Blog Entry: On South African Speculative Fiction (August 2013)

I'm happy to have another guest blog entry, this time about South African Science Fiction, from Nick Wood.

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Guest Post: Fiction Excerpt by Valjeanne Jeffers

It is my pleasure to host an excerpt by Valjeanne Jeffers.

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Theology and Science Fiction

I am a theology geek. I was always a theology geek, but going to seminary brought it out more in me. I love thinking about the many ways in which human beings of any tradition make sense of the world, of the seen and the not seen. And I always bring that perspective into what I write.

 

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Next up: Becoming Queen

My next upcoming novel is called Becoming Queen. I'm doing final edits and formatting. Release Date: May 15, eBook only. Here's the blurb: 

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Fiction vs. Non-fiction

I am between fiction projects, and I decided to really push on a project that has been on the back burner for over a year. It's a book about nonprofit technology, the field I've spent the last 18 years in, 12 years full-time.

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How Does Your Topia Arc? (Guest Post)

By Justine Graykin
 
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How to write dystopia well

Did you actually think I had an answer to that? OK, well, I sorta do, but I think there are many ways to do it. 

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Works in progress, upcoming books, and guest bloggers

A few odds and ends today. Fridays are good days for odds and ends.

First, I wanted to let people know what I'm working on, and what to look out for in the next few months. I have two books that are completed in not-so-drafty form. I think I've mentioned them both before.

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Going Vertical

"Going vertical" is a phrase used often in non-fiction and memoir writing. Going vertical means that in a sense, you are going deeper (and sometimes also higher) in perspective and description at certain points in a book. In memoir, this might involve delving much more deeply into a specific happening, or zoom out to look at the very big picture.

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