Kevin J. Anderson’s Blog http://kjablog.com i write. i make up stuff. i adventure hard, so you don’t have to. Thu, 18 May 2017 16:19:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 http://kjablog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cropped-Atom-32x32.png Kevin J. Anderson’s Blog http://kjablog.com 32 32 Start your day with a bang! New Military SF Mega Storybundle http://kjablog.com/start-your-day-with-a-bang-new-military-sf-mega-storybundle/ http://kjablog.com/start-your-day-with-a-bang-new-military-sf-mega-storybundle/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 16:19:19 +0000 http://kjablog.com/?p=6207 Stay on target!  Game over, man! It’s a bug hunt!

Military science fiction is one of the most gripping subgenres in the field, and now we bring you 15 books in one storybundle, the Military SF Megabundle from storybundle.com, which runs only through June 8  https://storybundle.com/scifi

Nsme your own price for a big grab-bag of Military SF stories. $5 for the basic six books, or $15 for all fifteen books in the bundle.  Baen Books, the preemininent publusher of military SF, contributed four books to the bundle, with Better to Beg Forgiveness from Michael Z. Williamson, One Day on Mars from Travis S. Taylor, Under a Graveyard Sky by John Ringo, and the Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF edited by David Afsharirad.

Indie authors LJ Hachmeister contributed TRIORION, which I compared to Ender’s Game, and super-successful ex-marine Jonathan P. Brazee added his novel SNIPER.

At WordFire Press, we contributed the first book in Robert Asprin’s hilarious military SF spoof (and New York Times bestseller) PHULE’S COMPANY, Jody Lynn Nye’s action-packed Wolfe Pack novel STRONG ARM TACTICS, Brad R. Torgersen’s landmark collection LIGHTS IN THE DEEP, as well as Takamo Universe novel EMPIRE’S RIFT, my own COMRADES IN ARMS and the collection of five military SF novellas, FIVE BY FIVE.  Colonel Doug Beason contributes SF thriller ASSAULT ON ALPHA BASE, David Farland gives THE GOLDEN QUEEN, first book in his military SF space opera series, and Andrew Keith and William H. Keith, Jr. offer the first novel in their bestselling Fifth Foreign Legion series.

Not only do you get this grab bag of wonderful pulse-pounding books, but a portion of the proceeds goes directly to benefit the Challenger Learning Centers for Space Science Education.  Great reading, great price.  Please help us out.  https://storybundle.com/scifi

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Witness the Birth of a Novel! SPINE OF THE DRAGON draft chapters http://kjablog.com/witness-the-birth-of-a-novel-spine-of-the-dragon-draft-chapters/ Sat, 08 Apr 2017 21:10:26 +0000 http://kjablog.com/?p=6204 I’ve never done anything like this before: You can read my new epic fantasy SPINE OF THE DRAGON *as I write it*.

I’m giving unprecedented access to my fans and to aspiring writers who want a deep inside look at the process of creating a novel. As a special Sneak Preview, I will grant subscribers access to my first-draft chapters, one at a time, as I write them. For $30, about the price you’d pay for the published hardcover, you will read each chapter as it comes back from the typist, and you can also participate in a forum discussion as the book develops, where I will interact directly with readers and talk about the changes I am making.

At a higher level ($150) VIP All-Access Subscribers will have access not only to the draft chapters and the forum, but also my raw audio files each day as I dictate new chapters, whether out on the trail, up in the snow, in the rain, or in the car. No one else has heard this work until the typist gets it. As an early VIP supporter, I will include your name in the acknowledgments of the book and send you a signed copy once it’s published.

I’ve never done anything like this before, and it feels like walking on a tightrope in my underwear. But you’ll get to see exactly how my process works…and fans will be able to read Spine of the Dragon a full year or more before it’s published.

When you sign up, I will send you the link and password to the private page. At present, I have 55 of the audio files up, and 35 of the draft text chapters, so you’ll be able to get a good start. I hope you enjoy the story. http://www.wordfire.com/?page_id=53941

 

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CLOCKWORK LIVES Graphic Novel http://kjablog.com/clockwork-lives-graphic-novel/ Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:16:43 +0000 http://kjablog.com/?p=6200 Some lives can be summed up in a sentence or two. Other lives are epics.

And some graphic novels are really epic.

I am pleased to announce the full graphic novel adaptation of CLOCKWORK LIVES, our companion novel to CLOCKWORK ANGELS. The publisher will be Insight Editions, who have produced some exceptionally fine books—and LIVES needs to be a lavish, impressive book (and not just because Neil Peart says so).

Insight’s Senior Editor Mark Irwin has always been a huge Rush fan (and in fact that’s how I got to know him years ago). He sees this as the perfect opportunity for us to work together. I will be writing the full script with input from Neil. We don’t have the artist(s) chosen yet.

CLOCKWORK LIVES is a very personal story to me, sort of a steampunk Canterbury Tales featuring many of the best-loved characters from CLOCKWORK ANGELS, but it has a terrific story of it’s own. The book won the Colorado Book Award, but more importantly Neil told me he feels this is the best work I have ever done.

Obviously, it needed to be a graphic novel. I’ll start working on the full script in the next month. Stay tuned for more information. (In the meantime, you can read the novel, or the unabridged audiobook.)

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Superstars Writing Seminar 2017 schedule http://kjablog.com/superstars-writing-seminar-2017-schedule/ Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:58:09 +0000 http://kjablog.com/?p=6192 Less than three weeks before Superstars 2017 launches, with a schedule and speaker list that’s quite impressive.  This year’s speakers include Jim Butcher, Jonathan Maberry, David Farland, Kevin J. Anderson, James Artimus Owen, Jody Lynn Nye, Rebecca Moesta, Todd McCaffrey, Claire Eddy (Tor), Steve Feldberg (Audible), Mark Leslie Lefebvre (Kobo), Kristin Nelson (Kristin Nelson Agency), Lisa Mangum (Shadow Mountain), and many other experts on specific topics.  For  eight years, Superstars has been the best intensive seminar focusing on the business of writing and publishing, and for the first year ever, we are also adding an “Advanced Craft Day” on Wednesday Feb 1, before the main seminar begins.

You can still register last-minute online at http://www.superstarswriting.com

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Here is the schedule for the four days:

WEDNESDAY – CRAFT DAY (ADD-ON)

8:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 World-building with Kevin J. Anderson

9:30 Plotting, Outlining, and Story Structure with James A. Owen

10:30 Step One: Blowing Things Up with Jim Butcher

11:30-1:00 LUNCH “on your own”

1:00 Step Two: Making People Care About It with Jim Butcher

2:00 Character-building with Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta

3:00 Writing Action and Fight Scenes with Jonathan Maberry

4:00 How to Enchant Your Reader with David Farland

5:00 Revising Your Manuscript with Jody Lynn Nye

5:45 – 6:15 Open Q&A

 

THURSDAY

8:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 The Harder I Work with Kevin J. Anderson

9:30 Traditional Publishing panel with Claire Eddy, Kristin Nelson, Lisa Mangum

10:30 Listen Up! with Steve Feldberg

11:30-1:00 LUNCH “on your own”

1:00 (3 options)

  • The Art of the Pitch with Jonathan Maberry
  • Adventures in the Trenches of Game Writing & Editing with David Farland and Josh Vogt
  • Scrivener – Beginning Level with Patrick Hester (not recorded)

 2:00 (3 options)

  • Ebooks and Indy Publishing with Mark Lefebvre
  • Dissecting a Contract with Scott Boone and Nancy Greene
  • Pitch Practice Speed-dating with Jonathan Maberry, Lisa Mangum, Joshua Essoe, Chris Mandeville (not recorded)

 3:00 (3 options)

  • Traditional, Indy, and Hybrid Author panel with Kevin J. Anderson, Jim Butcher, James A. Owen, David Butler, Mark Lefebvre
  • Working with a Freelance Editor panel with Rebecca Moesta, David Farland, Joshua Essoe, Pam McCutcheon
  • Manuscript Formatting/Styles Management with Quincy Allen (not recorded)

4:00 Agenting in a Changing Industry with Kristin Nelson

5:00 Open Q&A with faculty (TBD)

6:00 OPENING MIXER/RECEPTION (Sponsored by Kobo Writing Life)

 

FRIDAY

8:30 Self-promotion and Tribe Building with Kevin J. Anderson, Jim Butcher, Mark Lefebvre, Jody Lynn Nye

9:30 (4 options)

  • Building Your Personal Brand with Jonathan Maberry
  • Ergonomics with Rebecca Moesta and Lisa Mangum
  • Uploading Ebooks with Mark Lefebvre, AJ Mayall, Quincy Allen (not recorded)
  • One-on-One Pitches with Claire Eddy (by appointment, not recorded)

10:30 Discoverability panel with Kristin Nelson, Jim Butcher, David Farland, Pam McCutcheon

11:30-1:00 LUNCH “on your own”

1:00 (3 options)

  • What Editors Are Looking For panel with Claire Eddy, David Butler, Lisa Mangum
  • Booksignings, Social Media, and Other Promo panel with David Farland, Alexi Vandenberg, Jody Lynn Nye, Kevin Ikenberry
  • Scrivener – Intermediate Level with Patrick Hester (not recorded)

 2:00 (4 options)

  • An Agent Reads the Slush Pile with Kristin Nelson
  • Bookbub with Kevin Ikenberry and Pam McCutcheon
  • Formatting for Print with Quincy Allen – Part 1 (not recorded)
  • One-on-One Pitches with Claire Eddy (by appointment, not recorded)

 3:00 (4 options)

  • Jim Butcher Saves the World (or something like that) with Jim Butcher
  • Dirty Secrets of Publishing with Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta
  • Formatting for Print with Quincy Allen – Part 2 (not recorded)
  • One-on-One Pitches with Kristin Nelson (by appointment, not recorded)

4:00 Open Q&A with faculty (TBD)

4:45 Drawing Out the Dragons with James A. Owen

7:00 VIP Dinner (ticketed event – now sold out)

 

SATURDAY

Eggs Benedict Breakfast (ticketed event, now sold out; not recorded

8:30 The State of the Industry & What’s Next with Claire Eddy, Kristin Nelson, James A. Owen

9:30 (4 options)

  • Comics & Graphic Novels with Jonathan Maberry, Kevin J. Anderson, James A. Owen
  • Writing for the Ear with Steve Feldberg
  • Live Editing with Lisa Mangum (not recorded)
  • Small Group Critique (pre-registration required, not recorded)

10:30 Editing, Publishers, the Industry, etc. with Claire Eddy

11:30-1:00 LUNCH “on your own”

1:00 (4 options)

  • Hollywood Gotchas with David Farland
  • Pros & Cons: How to Make the Most of a Convention Appearance with Jody Lynn Nye
  • Scrivener – Advanced Level with Patrick Hester (not recorded)
  • Small Group Critique (pre-registration required, not recorded)

 2:00 (4 options)

  • Collaboration panel with Rebecca Moesta, Jody Lynn Nye, Todd McCaffrey
  • Podcasting panel with Jonathan Maberry, Steve Feldberg, Patrick Hester
  • Productivity with Kevin J. Anderson (not recorded)
  • Small Group Critique (pre-registration required, not recorded)

 3:00 (4 options)

  • How to Build an Intellectual Property panel with Jim Butcher, Kevin J. Anderson, Todd McCaffrey, Jonathan Maberry
  • Ask A Lawyer panel with Nancy Greene and Scott Boone
  • Small Group Critique (pre-registration required, not recorded)
  • Small Group Critique (pre-registration required, not recorded)

4:00 Finding the Balance: Being a Writer in the Real World panel with all faculty

4:45 Open Q&A with all faculty

 

Final price increase takes effect Jan 15, so don’t procrastinate!

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New DUNE film/TV announcement from Legendary http://kjablog.com/new-dune-filmtv-announcement-from-legendary/ Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:56:52 +0000 http://kjablog.com/?p=6189

And here is the big official announcement, fifteen years in the making! This is the real deal, and we are all very excited

LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO
FRANK HERBERT’S CLASSIC SCI-FI NOVEL DUNE

Burbank, CA – November 21, 2016 – Legendary and the Frank Herbert estate have reached an agreement granting the production entity the film and television motion picture rights to the beloved novel DUNE, one of the most revered science fiction novels of all time. The agreement calls for the development and production of possible film and television projects for a global audience. The projects would be produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers. Kevin J. Anderson will be either a Creative Consultant or a Co-Producer, depending upon which book is filmed.

Set in the distant future, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource, control of Arrakis is highly contested among the noble families. After Paul and his family are betrayed, the story explores themes of politics, religion, and man’s relationship to nature as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.

Dune has long been considered the crown jewel of science fiction properties. Its legacy and influence is witnessed in everything from STAR WARS to THE MATRIX and often referred to as the science fiction version of LORD OF THE RINGS with its sprawling world and multi-dimensional politics.

The agreement was negotiated by Mike Ross and Jen Grazier on behalf of Legendary and Marcy Morris and Barry Tyerman of JTWAMMK on behalf of the Herbert family.

About Legendary Entertainment
Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to worldwide audiences. Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $13 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit: www.legendary.com

LEGENDARY is a global entertainment company with a passion for transportive storytelling across film, television, digital media, virtual reality and comic books. Towering monsters. Inspirational heroes. Thrilling adventures. Legendary is driven…
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Announcing Scholarship Winners for Superstars Writing Seminar 2017 http://kjablog.com/announcing-scholarship-winners-for-superstars-writing-seminar-2017/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:09:28 +0000 http://kjablog.com/?p=6186 We’re pleased to announce the five winners of the 2017 Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship for the Superstars Writing Seminar: Courtney Farrell, Lehua Parker, Blair McGregor, Aubrey Pratt, and Liz Colter! The scholarship entails full tuition of $749 for the three-day seminar, plus $275 for the additional Advanced Writing Craft Day.

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Superstars offers scholarships every year to writers who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend due to financial circumstances. We have so far funded 12 scholarships through donations and the sales of our three anthologies, One Horn to Rule Them All: A Purple Unicorn AnthologyA Game of Horns: A Red Unicorn Anthology, and The Dragon Writers Anthology. These anthologies are published through WordFire Press. Supporters can also donate via PayPal at http://superstarswriting.com/scholarships/ All funds received for the Don Hodge Scholarship Fund are distributed to scholarship winners in the form of registrations for the Superstars Writing Seminars, without a cent going to administrative costs.
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The 7th Superstars Writing Seminar will take place Thursday through Saturday, February 2-4, 2017 at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs. An Advanced Writing Craft Day is offered on Wednesday, February 1st. Superstars focuses on the business of writing and career building, with workshops instructed by the top authors, editors, and professionals in the industry. For more information, a list of guest instructors, and to register please head over to Superstars Writing Seminars.

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An Exciting Launch for Kevin J Anderson Presents “Empire’s Rift” by Steve Rzasa! http://kjablog.com/an-exciting-launch-for-kevin-j-anderson-presents-empires-rift-by-steve-rzasa/ Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:34:38 +0000 http://kjablog.com/?p=6179 We had a great time Saturday night at the book release party at Hard Rock Cafe in Denver for the new novel Empire’s Rift, released by WordFire Press. This epic science fiction novel is based in the Takamo gaming universe, the first in the “Kevin J. Anderson Presents” line from WordFire.
Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us and pick up a copy of “Empire’s Rift” at the party. Anyone who purchased the novel also received an X Files paperback. We signed lots of books and enjoyed some great food! Special thanks to John at the Hard Rock Cafe, which was a cool downtown venue for our book launch.
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Congratulations to Steve Rzasa and the group at Takamo Universe. Best of luck! There is also a Kickstarter currently running, which has already met the basic goal and now we’re trying to fund the second novel in the series. Some great reward levels still available. You can check it out at the Takamo Kickstarter.
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About “Empire’s Rift”–
The Naplian Empire’s war of expansion against the Grand Alliance has taken a turn for the worse. With vital serjaum fuel reserves wiped out by a surprise attack, Admiral Daviont of the III Corps makes a long, desperate journey to the fringes of Terran space for a massive undeveloped source of serjaum—the Baedecker Star System. But his action does not go unnoticed. Their mortal enemies, the Briddarri, send their own task force to intercept.
At Baedecker Four, starfighter pilot and governor’s son Taggart “Tag” Wester has his hands full steering clear of his wing commander’s wrath. When an emergency call unearths a dangerous foe from the past, he’s put to a test unlike any he’s ever face—one of courage, and leadership. Elden Selva is on a mission to restore power to the defeated Northern Alliance, by retrieving the remains of Truppen cybernetic soldiers. What he finds is far more than he anticipated, and the ensuing conflict changes both him and the woman he loves.
The invaders and defenders collide in a struggle that will not only shape their lives, but have dire consequences for the entire galaxy.
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DRAGON WRITERS! http://kjablog.com/dragon-writers/ Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:38:47 +0000 http://kjablog.com/?p=6172 We’re happy to announce the release of a new anthology, DRAGON WRITERS, including stories by Brandon Sanderson, David Farland, Jody Lynn Nye, Todd McCaffrey, and many others, edited by Lisa Mangum and with original cover art and introduction by James Artimus Owen.  All proceeds go to fund the Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship for Superstars Writing Seminars.

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This is the third anthology put together by Superstars Writing Seminar instructors and alumni. The first two—One Horn to Rule Them All (about purple unicorns) and A Game of Horns (about red unicorns)—were also edited by Lisa Mangum and published by WordFire Press. Harnessing the creativity and imagination of Superstars attendees, these books generated a lot of attention, and raised enough money to fund ten total scholarships for Superstars.

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We decided we just had to do one more.  Superstars instructors Brandon Sanderson, David Farland, Jody Lynn Nye, and Todd McCaffrey offered stories, but then the Superstars alumni submitted their best, to be selected by Lisa Mangum. The other contributors include Adric Mayall, Frog Jones, Josh Vogt, Scott Parkin, Kristin Luna, John D Payne, Joy Dawn Johnson, Michael Angel, Brandon M Lindsay, L.J. Hachmeister, Kevin IkenberryFrank Morin,  Mel Koons, Jace Killan,  Greg LittleNancy GreeneTristan Brand, Robert J McCarter, Aaron Michael Ritchey, Mike Jack Stoumbos, MJ CarlsonPeter E Sartucci

Pick up your eBook or print copy now and help us fund the *next* batch of Scholarships for Superstars!  Percival the kitten approves.

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Guest Interview—JODY LYNN NYE http://kjablog.com/guest-interview-jody-lynn-nye/ Sat, 05 Nov 2016 19:31:18 +0000 http://kjablog.com/?p=6167 Here’s an interview on writing and books with my good friend Jody Lynn Nye. I thought you might enjoy it—and read Jody’s books! Her new nonfiction book, with Bill Fawcett, is Pros and Cons, and her novel Taylor’s Ark, were both just released by WordFire Press.

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Do you have a pre-writing routine or ritual?

Every morning, when I get up, I feed the cat, then make my cocoa, check out Facebook, update my computer programs and game apps, and watch a few minutes of TV with my husband or stare out the glass doors at the local wildlife (we live on a thickly forested lot). I flip open my laptop and start on the project I left off the night before. Sometimes that means I spend a lot of the day in pajamas, but I understand from my friends that it’s not too uncommon a practice among writers. I am most productive in the morning, so I don’t even look at my e-mail until noon or later.

I see you have cats. Are they helpful when writing your books?

At the moment, we have only one cat, Jeremy, a black Texas longtail. He’s very helpful, if by helpful you mean coming in to yow at me that he’s getting insufficient attention just as I’m trying to concentrate on a scene. I always threaten him that I’ll take my computer and go to the library to work. He stretches out on the carpet as I stroke him, eyes slitted, purring, because he knows I hardly ever make good on that threat.

What do you have to have in order to write? A favorite beverage, warm cat on your lap, candles, heavy metal rock blasting in your ears, or . . . ?

No music, no TV. Too distracting. If I have snacks in reach, I’ll nibble, so I limit what’s in reach. The cat is not much help (see above), but sometimes he lies on my legs on the other side of the laptop. When I hit a knotty moment, I’ll play a few hands of solitaire or check in on FB, then go back to it.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I like to be challenged. I’ve taken on a few projects because they made me stretch. I don’t write horror or dystopia as a rule, but I have recently written stories in various friends’ literary worlds that involved those themes. I learn a lot about myself when I try new things. When I hit a snag, it means something is fundamentally flawed in my project. I need to get away from it for a while to see where the failing lies. That can take a while, and often I don’t have a while. I have a problem writing short. My husband teases me that I will “write no book before it is long,” paraphrasing the Paul Masson wine commercials. I can edit down if I need to, but I hate to have to do that.

Are you as funny as your books?

I like to think I’m funny. Contrariwise, I like people to take me seriously.

Favorite food?

Chocolate, dark, 73% cocoa solids or better. I lose more of my tolerance for sugar every year.

Favorite book?

Several. Dorothy Sayers’s Lord Peter Wimsey novels, particularly Murder Must Advertise or Gaudy Night. Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe books, especially The Black Mountain and The Doorbell Rang. Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. Nine Tomorrows by Isaac Asimov. I could go on and on.

Favorite color?

Ruby red and amethyst purple.

 Night or day?

Day.

Coffee or chocolate?

Chocolate. I don’t drink coffee.

Dogs or cats?

Cats, now and forever. Dogs are nice people, but I prefer cats.

Fish or gerbils?

Fish. Gerbils are terrible gossips.

What was your inspiration for Taylor’s Ark?

My inspiration for Taylor’s Ark was curiosity about the future of medicine in space, and how a doctor could make a living. I have a family predilection for medicine, with an emphasis on neuroscience. My brother’s a neurologist, my uncle’s a psychiatrist, my mom’s a psychiatric nurse, my cousin’s an OB-GYN, another cousin just retired as the head of surgical education at a nearby hospital, and yet another cousin is a dentist who doubles in paleontological dentistry. He diagnosed Sue (the T. rex at the Field Museum) with an abscess that probably led to her death. I might have gone into medicine if I hadn’t been more interested in pursuing a career in media. I read medical journals and watch a lot of shows like Untold Stories of the ER.

At the time Taylor’s Ark was written, environmental medicine was starting to take hold as a specialty. It’s my belief that it will become even more important in the future as humankind steps onto new worlds and finds new things that could potentially make it sick or kill it. Genetically speaking, we can’t get infections from alien germs, because we don’t share any common microbes, but they can poison us or give us rashes.

Being a romantic at heart, I also gave Shona a husband she loves and who loves and supports her. They may be one of the few happily-married couples in space. I thought it would be fun to give Shona animals to supplement her diagnostic devices. Harry the cat and Saffie the dog have their own very distinct personalities as well as their talents. Shona is also responsible for the well-being of an alien visitor who mooches her candy supply and is writing a scholarly dissertation about human foibles. Chirwl is the small being on the ground next to Shona’s right foot on the cover. I hope to go on with the series one day.

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Your Writing Tools for Nanowrimo http://kjablog.com/your-writing-tools-for-nanowrimo/ Fri, 28 Oct 2016 22:09:37 +0000 http://kjablog.com/?p=6160 If you’re a writer, you know about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, every November when aspiring authors scramble to try to write the first draft of a new book in one month flat. There are challenge groups, sprint partners, lots of blogs, advice from writers.

Each year for NaNoWriMo, I curate a StoryBundle of books on various aspects of the craft and business of writing, and for 2016 I’ve got eleven titles—your complete toolkit for getting through NaNoWriMo and increasing your own writing knowledge.

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To improve your craft, there’s The Writer’s Brainstorming Kit by Pam McCutcheon and Michael Waite, Managing Your Inner Artist/Writer by M.L. Buchman, Mastering Place and Setting in Your Writing by Eric Maisel, as well as the amazingly inspirational Drawing out the Dragons by James Artimus Owen. To understand the industry and manage your career, there’s Closing the Deal on Your Terms by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, The Everyday Novelist: Business 101 by Daniel Sawyer, From Dreamer to Doer by Jude Wilhoff, Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Indie Publishing by Dean Wesley Smith, Write It Forward: From Writer to Successful Author by Bob Mayer, Pros and Cons by Jody Lynn Nye and Bill Fawcett, and The Science Fiction Professional by Mike Resnick.

This bundle is a real grad-level course on becoming a writer—just the inspiration and information you need, not just for NaNoWriMo but for your entire career.

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As a bonus, if you are looking to build your computer toolkit for writers, this bundle includes 50% on Jutoh, Digital Publishing Made Easy, and 80% off Writer’s Café software. Two apps that help you write and format your novel!

The way StoryBundle works is simple: Name your own price, pay what you feel the bundle is worth. For a minimum payment of $5, you get the basic list of five books. If you pay $15 or more, you get the entire batch of books, all eleven titles.

A portion of your payment goes to support two great charities: The Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Superstars Writing Seminar and actress Pat Tallman’s pet project Be A Santa, which benefits needy kids so they can have a real holiday.

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The NaNoWriMo Writing Tools StoryBundle runs for only a limited time, from October 26 to December 22, and then it’s gone.

And if you’re looking for good fiction to read, you have only a few days left to pick up the Pulse Pounders Thriller bundle or the Political Thrillers bundle; I’ve got books in both.

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