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Pandora, and Gift Horses

It was my good fortune to attend the Taos Toolbox workshop in 2014, an experience I give my highest recommendation to anyone considering it. Besides the excellent instruction and critiques, I made some wonderful friends. One of them, my roommate, shared my tastes in music and upon coming home, I queued up her favorite Pandora station: Moby Radio.  A year and a half later I am still listening to that channel 95% of the time when I’m on Pandora. It might not be the perfect choice for every writer, but it seems to have an excellent balance of instrumentals against songs with lyrics, and I find myself clicking the ‘thumbs down’ maybe once every six weeks. Continue reading

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Storytelling Done Right: USA’s “Suits”

I’ve discovered that lackluster programs generally lack luster for obvious reasons. Often they’re simply boring. Sometimes the casting and directing isn’t great. Sometimes the characters’ motives are inconsistent, and the story line just doesn’t hang together. For the most part, if I stop watching a show I can usually say why. Shows I love, though, are a little harder to dissect. I’m always on the lookout for what the program is doing right and I’ve been struggling for a while to figure out what, exactly, USA’s law-drama “Suits” is doing to keep me hooked. Continue reading

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“Out of Time” promo on Sigler podcast

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.

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Fear the Boot podcast, a Writer’s resource

Fear the Boot, a podcast offering advice and general commentary on tabletop role-playing games (RPGs) is an excellent production not only for gamers, but for writers. (For those unfamiliar with RPGs, here’s the cliff notes: one person, often called the Game Master or Continue reading

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