Why Bad Books Are Good For You

Counter-intuitive thought for the day: reading a bad book can be good for you. Yes, really.  Let me explain: From a craft standpoint, sometimes one way to figure out how good prose works can be to look at clunky prose. Looking at someone’s clunky Cinderella retelling side by side with someone else’s lyrical one may …

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A Kickstarter in Oz: Ryk Spoor’s Polychrome

The short version first: a Kickstarter has just opened up that I’d like to see succeed.  I’ve already signed on; now I hope some of you will, too.  Let me tell you the story…. A couple of years ago now, I unexpectedly had the opportunity to read the unpublished manuscript of a new novel set …

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“…All the Russias” is live!

The day has arrived!  My newest Uncial Press ebook, Spirit of All the Russias, is live. The title page calls it a “novel byte”; in practical terms, it’s a short story published in ebook format.  Which means (among other things) that it has extremely cool cover art (see below).  Currently, you’ll find it at Uncial’s …

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E-Fiction News: Coming in 2014 (plus Cyber Monday deals)

Bonus thankfulness this week: I have the contract in hand for a new Uncial Press e-fiction release set for this coming March.  This is a short work entirely unconnected to my other Uncial Press titles: Spirit of All the Russias “This is not the Russia I remember.” When Baba Yaga steps out of her ancient …

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It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad (Kindle) World….

I’ve seen a good deal of reaction over the last couple of days to Amazon’s announcement of its “Kindle Worlds” program in which it aims to solicit and publish licensed (!) fanfiction set in a handful of franchise universes.  Both the fanfic world and certain corners of the professional writing community are rising up in …

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