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September 27, 2011

I only gave it 4.5 stars. Is that enough for a Hugo-nominated novel?

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Published on September 27, 2011 09:03 • 13 views
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Published on September 27, 2011 08:31 • 49 views • Tags: links, tk-kenyon
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Published on September 27, 2011 08:27 • 20 views

September 26, 2011

This excellent lecture in five parts by Dan Wells (he of the excellent podcast Writing Excuses) on story structure is a must-see. Get out a big notepad and prepare to take notes.




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Kurt Vonnegut explains story structure: http://tkkenyon.blogspot.com/2011/09/kurt-vonnegut-explains-story-plots-for.html How to introduce a character: http://tkkenyon.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-to-introduce-character-in-your.html 

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Published on September 26, 2011 16:48 • 6 views

September 22, 2011

Just thought you guys might like to know that I reviewed Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold at SFSignal.com.

I think I was fair, but I'd love to hear your comments.

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Published on September 22, 2011 14:15 • 7 views

September 20, 2011

Kurt Vonnegut was a genius. No doubt about that, he just was.

Here, he explains the three story plots for you, and he's funny, and he's right.

Watch and learn, friends. Watch and learn.

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Published on September 20, 2011 14:26 • 8 views

August 18, 2011

This is egregious.

Look at the original art (left.) The Harper Collins book cover is on the right.

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Wow. Other than the fact that the HC cover is less artistically interesting both in composition and detail, and the color and light are all wrong, it's a revoltingly close copy.

Did they know? Is this just a coincidence?

Heck, no. HC contacted Nathalia Suellen (the artist) to buy this exact piece of art for this exact book. She wouldn't sell it to them because she had already sold it to someone else for a book cover.

So they copied it.

Right down to the bird.

Cheaters.

Read her story at http://blog.ladysymphonia.com/[image error]
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Published on August 18, 2011 09:48 • 5 views

August 17, 2011

Me, as I see myself, on Mad Men. (Any similarity to real life may be coincidence.)
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Published on August 17, 2011 10:40 • 15 views

June 13, 2011

Consider your characters' names.

Dare you use something symbolic?

Symbolic names occur so often in real life.

Dirty twitter pics by Rep. Weiner.

Financial rape by Ken Lay.

Bernie Made-off with your money.

Martha Stewart (steward).

Shakespeare used Proteus for a changeable character (2 Gents of V), Malvolio as an ethically challenged Puritan (12th Night), the narrator Rumor (2 Henry 4), and Falstaff as his base alter ego (Fall-staff = Shake-spear, both are moving sticks.)

TK Kenyon
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Published on June 13, 2011 11:45 • 70 views • Tags: creative-writing, fiction, writing-prompt

June 2, 2011

What dichotomies exist in your character? Are they an observant Muslim alcoholic? A First Baptist evolutionary biologist? A mean Mormon? An infertile woman who mommies everyone in her life? An atheist priest/minister? A non-corrupt mayor of Atlantic City? Antitheses are elements for deep characterization, surprising plot twists, and humor. Write 3 paragraphs for your WIP about your MC's opposing traits.

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Published on June 02, 2011 12:17 • 45 views • Tags: creative-writing, fiction, writing-prompt