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Character development

September 19, 2011

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At workshop with Fiona McIntosh a few weekends ago, Fiona stressed the importance of having a strong female character in the story somewhere, at least if you want something with commercial potential. As I continue to steadily plod along with Blood Redemption, my urban fantasy, I realised that the female character with the strongest character […]

Kernels and inspiration

September 19, 2011

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Some time back I had the opportunity to interview US author, Diana Gabuldon. While discussing her approach to writing, Diana revealed that she develops a novel as groups of individual kernels of writing, eventually pulled together into the finished product. Late last year I had the opportunity for a fifteen minutes one-on-one with author David […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Edinburgh Dead

September 11, 2011

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This review first published at www.awritergoesonajourney.com. The Edinburgh DeadBrian RuckleyOrbit2011 The blurb In the starkly-lit operating theaters of the city, grisly experiments are being carried out on corpses in the name of medical science. But elsewhere, there are those experimenting with more sinister forces. Amongst the crowded, sprawling tenements of the labyrinthine Old Town, a […]

Great workshops at Conflux

September 11, 2011

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That orgiastic delight of speculative fiction writing and fandom, Conflux, is being held in Canberra at the end of this month – see www.conflux.org.au for more details. Especially have a look at the workshop program – some great stuff there and you don’t have to sign up for Conflux for all of them. Definitely worth […]

Rule of Three

July 26, 2011

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I was recently reading something by a noted author but it just did not seem to be grabbing me at all. This puzzled me as at first glance, it seemed well written. After some re-reading, it finally dawned on me what the problem was. Some time back I was able to interview the author, Diana […]

10 "Rules of Life" from Tolstoy

February 5, 2011

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From www.happiness-project.com, these are supposedly Tolstoy’s 10 Rules of Life, written when he was 18. Let’s see how I stack up against them. Get up early (five o’clock) There’s a five o’clock in the morning now? Go to bed early (nine to ten o’clock) And miss out on all the thrills of the late-night ‘infomercials’? […]

Don’t just write it down…

January 7, 2011

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There is an episode of Seinfeld, the show about nothing, where Jerry has a funny idea occur to him during the night, writes it down, then spends the rest of the episode trying to work out what he actually wrote. I am sure every writer has experienced the frustration of having that great idea pop […]

And my perfect match is…

November 30, 2010

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So there I was, happily tweeting away on twitter (Rossisawriter), when I noticed twitter’s suggestions for who I could be following. I assume these suggestions are the product of some sort of algorithm which matches you against other tweeples with similar interests etc. But please, pray tell, what in the blue blazes of hell I […]

NaNoWriMo 2010 and what I learned from it

November 30, 2010

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Well I have made it to the end of NaNoWriMo but could not have gotten there without my writing buddy, Lisa, cyber-whipping me there (sticks and stones may break my bones, but whips and chains excite me!). So what lessons have I learned this year? I reconfirmed that I am a plotter/planner and not able […]

Why exclude males?

November 23, 2010

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I have been a fan of Portia De Rossi for a long time. And not just because she is gorgeous. I thought her character portrayal in Arrested Development was simply brilliant. I also admire her for continuing to push for equal rights for gays and lesbians. For the record, I am straight, but I believe […]