I want to start by pointing out that Hugh Howey’s Silo Series has been very successful, and for good reason. A lot of what he’s doing is exceptionally fine writing. I also want to say that the initial portion of the epic (Wool), is one of my favorite pieces of fiction, ever. That’s precisely why I’m being so harsh in calling this Storytelling-Done-Wrong. When I read “Wool” it was the first time I’d ever truly identified with a main character. Juliette, an ordinary, working-class person will probably always be my very favorite lead character. I read “Wool” with the sort of fascination that I’ve had for under a dozen novels in the course of a lifetime full of reading. It was one of the most compelling things I’ve ever read. Continue reading
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When my self-imposed rough-draft deadline whooshed past (in August) and then again (with the extended deadline, in September) I decided it was time to consult others’ advice on the matter of getting things finished. I read Rachel’s Aaron’s “2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love” and am following her advice on making editing a smoother and more thorough process. I went on to read Chris Fox’s “5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter” and was pleased with the word-tracker Excel spreadsheet included with it. Ever the skeptic (I’m more a messy-notecard writer) I tried his ‘writing sprint’ exercise and logged my efforts accordingly. I was really happy to see that it helped my word count considerably. While the real trick to increased word count is staying focused, it can really help to have specific exercises aimed at improving one’s focus. Continue reading
This week’s episode of Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing includes an interview with Michael J. Sullivan that “Out of Time” has sponsored. If you’re not already listening to Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing, why not give it a listen? And, if you haven’t bought a copy of “Out of Time” yet – do that too! (Hey, it’s supporting a good cause and if you like the work, you can always read more by Russell James while you wait for the rest of the authors to get more works published!)
This week, author Scott Sigler was kind enough to play a promo for “Out of Time” that I recorded and sent in. Besides being a great author (anyone who can combine science fiction and football is a hero, as far as I’m concerned), Sigler’s just a great guy. He takes the time to interact with his fans and also helps authors and podcasters get some exposure. So, head on over to check out the show notes for Episode 29 of “The MVP” — you can tell Scott I sent you, in the comments! Better still, give it a listen! The promo plays at the end…but you really should go back and start at the beginning. I love (love, love, love!) the Galactic Football League series.
Fans, friends, well-wishers, and internet vagabonds, allow me to invite you to check out the anthology “Out of Time.” It features a story of mine, as well as stories by Paul Siluch, Janet Guy, Teresa Robeson, and by the collection’s editor, horror novelist Russell James. It’s a bargain at 99 cents and proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. I hope you’ll buy it and I know you’ll enjoy the stories – modesty forbids me from embellishing my own efforts overmuch, but I can honestly say that the other four authors are among the very best writers I know. I have learned a great deal from each of them, and this collection showcases some of their best work.
The anthology is available on Amazon as well! Kindle owners, get your copy now!
A little scouting on Amazon lead me to discover a free Kindle version of Shelley Adina’s “Lady of Devices.” Partway through, I’m not ready to offer up a review just yet, but I wanted to post the link to it on Amazon in case anyone else wanted to check it out while it’s free. This is one of those cases where I’ll buy the next book in the series because, if the beginning is anything to judge by, I’ve just found a new favorite author. I think authors are wise to offer up a book for free – given how deep my to-read pile has grown, I can’t justifiably buy more books unless I know for sure I’m getting something I’ll enjoy. With Adina’s work, so far, it’s looking a safe bet for subsequent books in this series.