Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Driving Forward

In this show I talk about various New Years Resolutions people have used to drive their careers forward. For writing every day I suggested as a tool

For day planning, particularly related to roles and goals (and just life management–this book is awesome) I suggested



I talked about how your character wants to drive forward with his goals, and how you can knock him back.

 
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Monday, November 29th, 2010

Philosophy in the story

In this show I talk about how to to use opposing philosophic schools, in this case Deontology vs Utilitarian Ethics, to generate tension between characters and within a character.  I cite a Knit Spirit episode where I talk about these schools, as well as Aristotle’s value ethics.  I cite two books as examples, Infinite Crisis and Stone of Tears, though to appreciate Stone of Tears, you’ll want to read Wizard’s First Rule, which uses the a similar literary trick, and is first in the series.

 
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Friday, October 1st, 2010

Checking in

Checking in. Saying hi. Talking about the joys and lessons learned selling a first novel.  I promised a link to my blog post over on the Keith Publications site.

 
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Monday, June 7th, 2010

Character foils

Your resource is createwithwriting.blogspot.com a site with articles on all aspects of the writing process.

I sold my novel.

I talk about the Getting Things Done method of organization and contrast it to the Franklin/Covey method.

I discuss character foils.


The full details on that call for submission is as follows.

A Taste of Armageddon

The original Star Trek series did several episodes that explored the theme of war. One of these “A Taste of Armageddon” looked at a society that had replaced physical war with computer simulations. They also had a population that was so ‘patriotic’ they were willing to blindly step into a disintegration chamber so the deaths reported by the computer were achieved. The result of this ‘clean’ warfare was that their culture was able to continue growing and advancing – no destruction or loss of property or information – only people. People willing to die to preserve their society and culture. This also meant the war had been ongoing for centuries with neither side willing to discuss ending it. They saw no need to do so as everything continued as it always had – with no destruction / no suffering / none of the horrors of war.

In today’s society we are striving to find ways to make war as ‘clean’ as possible – with the use of robots, drone aircraft, etc. We have weapons that can pinpoint targets to the square inch while leaving surrounding areas relatively untouched.

As we make war ‘cleaner’ so only those involved are the ones touched – are we going to reach a point where society and culture will only be impacted minimally – removing the need to end wars quickly and letting them continue until they too are an accepted part of our society and culture?

WolfSinger Publications is putting out a call for submissions for A Taste of Armageddon – a speculative fiction anthology that will explore the advancement in ‘clean’ warfare techniques and at what point does war become nothing more than a computer game to those involved. In the Star Trek episode – Kirk challenged that wars had to be messy and those who engaged in warfare had to suffer all the horrors war brings – otherwise they have no reason to stop or avoid it.

At what point does war become nothing more than a computer game?

Is it possible wars will become too clean?

Is it necessary for wars to be messy so people do whatever they can to avoid them?

At what point is war necessary and at what point is war going too far?

At what point does war become too messy or too clean?

Humans have a violent history – are wars necessary – why? / Why not?

Explore warfare in a speculative fiction setting and bring us A Taste of Armageddon.

What I’m not looking for – pro-war or anti-war treatises desguised as a story. I know it is difficult to write this type of story without some politics leaking in – please try to be subtle.

Stories should be 3000-5000 words long.

Payment will be $5.00 plus equal share of 50 percent of royalties

Please send your submission to editor@wolfsingerpubs.com as an .rtf attachment. Put “Armageddon Submission: ‘Title – Last Name’” in the subject line.

Deadline is 31 November 2010 (planned for a Spring/Summer 2011 release)

 
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Friday, March 19th, 2010

Review for Write Starts

In this long overdue episode I review write starts.

 
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Friday, January 15th, 2010

Deontology vs Utilitarianism

Your resource is Amanda Grange’s Tips for Writers.

This week I talk about schools of philosophy and how they can drive your character’s actions.

 
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Friday, December 25th, 2009

Situational Ethics

On how a change to the situation can turn your story around.

 
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Friday, December 11th, 2009

Crazy on the Outside

Some practices we have would kind of look crazy to someone unfamiliar with our culture.  There are solid, less than obvious, reasons we do the seemingly crazy things we do.  In this episode I discuss that and how the Chistmas Tree->Holiday Tree is an example of a tradition being repurposed, and trapped in our cultural amber.

 
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Friday, October 30th, 2009

Holidays and Fantasy

Your resources is the short story checklist at the writing relief blog.

I promised a link to the study linking water to moral purity.

This time I talk about how to build holidays in your world in what Tolkien called “secondary creation”–that which is created by creations.

 
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Friday, October 16th, 2009

Marketing yourself

Your resource this time is the online website for Merrian-Webster.

This time I talk about building your platform with your own domain, Twitter, Facebook and a blog.

Your prompt is to try one or more of the above, and if you would, send me a link.  Better, post it in the comments so more people can find you.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out Nanobites.

 
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