Lifehacker.com has a great article on The Science of Storytelling that explains why stories are so powerful, and why a good one works so well with an audience. My favourite quote: When we are being told a story, things change dramatically. Not only are the language processing parts in our brain activated, but any other area in our brain that […]
Ever tried to find a book where you couldn’t remember the title or the author, just vaguely remembered snippets? You’re in luck! What was that book? is an online community that reunites folks with the booksthat they’ve lost. This may be one of the best ideas ever. Hat tip to io9, which is where I […]
The folks over at Black Gate gave a very thoughtful review for “When the Hero Comes Home.” You can read it here: http://www.blackgate.com/2012/05/01/when-the-hero-comes-home-a-review/ And they gave me a mention! Erik Buchanan’s “The Evil That Remains” is nicely structured, has a strong thematic idea, builds a credible setting with a few well-chosen touches, and uses the fantastic […]
From io9: Ten of the Most AwesomeSword-Fight Scenes Ever. And I especially agree with their choice of number 1.
This is really, really cool, in a “let’s clean up the whole planet” kind of way.
Came across this article on io9: 10 Worst Mistakes that Authors of Alternate History Make An interesting read, and some good tips to work on if you might be thinking of working on a novel that plays with history. …not that I know anyone planning to do that. …Really. Oh, and they added this one […]
The cake is now baked, the whisky’s been poured And downed as we wrapped the whole Christmas hoard. It’s way, way too late as we stumble to bed, Hoping to lie down and sleep like the dead, But knowing that soon the child will arise, And wake us all with her loud, happy cries. It’s […]
I received an email today from Kevin Newland Scott, who was participating in Deck the Halls: Grown-Up Storytime at the Salem Public Library in Salem, Oregon. And there, he read my story, “A Visit from Cousin Charles.” (which you can find here) A quote from his email: Everyone wanted to know where I had found […]
What if there were a technology that would allow you to learn how to do new things with no conscious effort? According to scientists at Boston University and ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan, it might be possible. Click the link above to read the whole article, and then imagine opening your eyes in […]
I wrote 50,440 words. I also took 6 days to recover. The question is, was it worth it? The answer is, I’m not sure (how decisive of me, eh?). Yes, I wrote 50,000+ words on my new novel. On a normal month I write around 20-25,000. So I doubled my output. The problem was, it […]