Monthly Archives: November 2012

A Cool Idea For A Good Cause

Mark Lawrence, author of the acclaimed Broken Empire series, has launched a small but interesting site, The Million Dollar Bookshop. Authors pay by the pixel to have their books featured, and readers can browse and click on any that look interesting to go to that book’s web site. So yes, essentially pixel ads for books, but there’s a twist: all of the money goes to children’s charities. I applaud Mark for his ingenuity and generosity, and I hope this idea catches on so that more authors jump on the bandwagon, spread the site by word of mouth, and hopefully do a lot of good for children in need. And if I do end up seeing a measurable uptick in sales of Epic Fantasy 0.9b in the next three months or so, I’ll go ahead and donate the proceeds to Heifer International as well.

Good luck Mark, and happy reading all.

On Showing vs. Telling

“Show, don’t tell.” That phrase we all love, or love to hate. But despite its near-ubiquity wherever advice on writing is peddled, I’ve noticed on the various critique and discussion boards I frequent a fair amount of confusion about what showing and telling are, and even some outright resistance to the whole idea of distinguishing one mode of storytelling from another. What follows is my attempt to explain my current thinking on the subject; as always, earnest discussion of all sorts is welcomed.

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Novel Finished

Things have been quiet on this blog lately, because I’ve been working on finally finishing the novel I started way back in early 2011. Even though I put it aside at various times to work on other writing-related things, its weighed heavily on me the past six months or so that it still wasn’t complete. More than anything I just wanted to have it off my plate–not that I don’t think it’s good; it’s great, really–but it’s taken up such a monumental amount of time and effort for one project, and there are so many other things I’d like to get to that have remained on the back burner until it was done.

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