Monthly Archives: February 2017

Sketchiness: Fan Art from ‘Hammers on Bone’

This is a character from the awesome novella ‘Hammers on Bone’ by Cassandra Khaw.

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“Unique and multi-layered”

“If you are looking for a unique and  multi-layered alien invasion story that has a truly devastating twist, Rosewater is your book.”

Little Red Reviewer reads ROSEWATER:

https://littleredreviewer.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/rosewater-by-tade-thomson/

 

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Bill Paxton is dead

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10 Thoughts on Openings

Cross-posted.

Ten thoughts on story/novel openings:
1-Your first job is to draw the reader in.
2-Having drawn her in, keep her there till the story is done.
3-You might find that working on the first line is easiest when you’ve finished the whole story.
4-The opening should set expectations which, by the end of the story, will be met in full.
5-It’s probably best to avoid being boring here.
6-Concrete is probably better than abstract. In other words, who, where, what, why and when, rather than thoughts about the philosophical meaning of grout fungus in the biosphere.
7-The opening and the ending are inextricably linked to each other. These may be the most important parts of the story, so spend a lot of time and effort on both of them.
8-Beware of writerly advice that says “always” or “never” or “must” with respect to openings. Screw that. But *be mindful of what you are screwing*.
9-The opening, above all else, INTRODUCES. It’s not the best place for backstory or side-quests. Introduce characters, world and situation.
10-For my money, the best way to learn about openings is to take books off your shelf (or from the library shelves) and close-read the openings of the narratives that work for you.

Reading: The Making of Mr. Gray’s Anatomy by Ruth Richardson

Listening to: The Lady of Rage, Afro Puffs

 

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Sketchiness…

I’ve neglected posting sketches.

Now then:

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A Few Niceties…

My short story THE APOLOGISTS has been shortlisted for a British Science Fiction Association award:

http://www.bsfa.co.uk/bsfa-2016-awards-voting-form/

My novel ROSEWATER was in contention, but was booted off the ballot because it’s (shock, horror!) published in America.

But ROSEWATER made it on to the Locus Recommended Reading List:

http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/01/2016-locus-recommended-reading-list/

Which is a very big deal in the science fiction world.

 

 

 

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