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Notes from the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con

With the 2014 Comic-Con firmly in the rearview mirror, and thought I’d jot down a few impressions. Don’t expect a detailed rundown on the con, or a comprehensive photo gallery. There are plenty of blogs that provide such fare, and I’m way too lazy to do in depth reporting. Costumes: What Was “In” for 2014 […]

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First Light – Chapter 3

  This is the third chapter of my fantasy novella First Light. I’m posted each chapter to my blog, with accompanying art depicting a scene from the chapter. So far, Nick Deligaris has been kind enough to pen three of the illustrations. Though First Light features a young protagonist, it is not YA.   Prilya […]

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Film, Television, and the Begats (How One Media Franchise Gives Rise to Another)

In the Beginning, There Was Twilight (Well, not “the beginning,” exactly, but you get the drift) A few years back, a little novel called Twilight burst on the scene, capturing the undivided attention of millions of thirteen year old girls and thirteen year old girls at heart. At Comic-Con, a screening of the film adaptation—hosted […]

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First Light – Chapter 2

Prilya blinked against the mid-morning sun. Even when filtered through dense sheaves of greenery, sunshine in the High Wright Pierce stung like a footman’s dart. She stood astride a dirt path that wound eastward—a dusty, gray-brown intruder skulking beneath verdant boughs. Cypress and baobab clustered around her, and sparrow hawks chirped overhead. A-ye-ch-chi. A-ye-ch-chi. She […]

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First Light

First Light is Mage Wars fan fiction By Paul Toth Mage Wars is a product of Arcane Wonders, and was created by Bryan Pope.       Chapter One   Prilya had spent the last five minutes staring at dragons. Not the sort that pounced on maidens and spat fire—a lucky thing, since she was […]

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Deconstructing the Jeff Daniels “Newsroom” Rant

In the pilot of HBO’s The Newsroom, Will McAvoy—a character played by Jeff Daniels—embarks a wide-ranging rant. The monologue is triggered by a doe eyed twenty-something’s assumption that America is the greatest country in the world. McAvoy tears into her in front of a packed lecture hall, making it clear that he considers her a […]

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Children of a Lesser Blog

Or: Secrets of Blog Promotion Everyone but Me May Have Learned Long Ago This is an article about the things we writers do to promote ourselves, our books, and books-yet-to-be. More specifically, it’s about using social media to promote the blogs of “developing” authors. What do I mean by “developing?” It’s simple: the world of […]

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TV Series That Died Young (and left a beautiful corpse)

Most of us have experienced the dejection, the denial—the outright horror, perhaps—of having a beloved television series cancelled. We rage, we curse the gods, we imagine what sort of things we’d say to the loathsome executives who pulled the trigger on that esteemed bit of entertainment we were looking forward to enjoying—well, forever, really. Sometimes […]

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Comic-Con: The Sum of All Media

This is, approximately speaking, the bajillionth article on Comic-Con. People far more informed than I, have written extensively about every imaginable aspect of the esteemed event. It’s history, the luminaries that attend, the cultural incongruities, overtones, and implications, have all been discussed ad nauseum, as have the length of the lines and exalted nature of […]

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Online Critique Groups

  A critique group (also known as “writer’s circle”) is a sort of writer’s club that exists to improve the work of all involved. The idea is simple: each member of the group passes a page, chapter, or entire novel to one or more other members, who then provide feedback on the material. Imagine a […]

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