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Mike Gullickson

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Thanks for visiting my page. My bio is short and only interesting to my mom. So let's talk about writing. Not in an esoteric way, but just writing, how I got to where I am, good or bad. Paths are pretty interesting. Usually there is a build between your past and your future. When you look back, it's apparent how these paths brought you to your current place (hopefully for the good).

For me, with writing, there-to-here is clear. I’d always written short stories, poems, those kinds of things, since I was a kid. I took a creative writing class in college (though I don’t really remember going . . . beer . . . ). I planned on being an advertising copywriter when I graduated. And I even went to LA to, among other things, be a screenwriter. So the
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Mike Gullickson I'm lucky, I've never had it. What I've observed is that good days or bad days are just perception. When I've looked back on what I've written, my…moreI'm lucky, I've never had it. What I've observed is that good days or bad days are just perception. When I've looked back on what I've written, my style, cadence, and quality, tends to remain the same. So I'd recommend less thinking and just grinding through. The great thing with a novel (versus a screenplay) is that you can toss out 50 pages and MAKE IT BETTER. So even if what you write is meandering, or in the end, not needed, who cares?(less)
Mike Gullickson The third and final novel of The Northern Star series. I wrote the series out of order, so The Northern Star: The End (I agree, my titles are…moreThe third and final novel of The Northern Star series. I wrote the series out of order, so The Northern Star: The End (I agree, my titles are exceptionally creative) was the first novel I had ever written. So diving back into it a year ago was interesting in a lot of respects. The story itself really hasn't changed, it was easy to add and subtract a bit to improve it, but my writing style has changed immensely.(less)
Average rating: 3.69 · 97 ratings · 46 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
The Northern Star: The Begi...
3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 79 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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The Northern Star: Civil War
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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The Northern Star series is cyberpunk, but I didn't set out to write a cyberpunk novel. If I'm honest (which I'm not. Brad - you'll never get your money HAHAHA!), I didn't know what cyberpunk was until reviewers started categorizing the series as such. I'd heard of cyberpunk, but I'd always associated the sub-genre to an 80's type, outdated sensibility. And you never hear much about cyberpunk i... Read more of this blog post »
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Revival by Stephen King
Revival
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Stephen King is why I write. He was instrumental in my formative years, and I hold the Dark Tower series (and many more of his novels) with the same regard as superfans of Star Wars, Star Trek, etc.

But Revival left me underwhelmed. The first half is
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Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
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Altered Carbon is very good. I'd never read any of Mr. Morgan's work, and I was very impressed with his prose. While there isn't necessarily an economy to his writing, there is density and purpose: not a word is wasted. I really enjoyed his style.

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Mike Gullickson and 1 other person liked Dave's review of Heart-Shaped Box:
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
"Several years ago I saw Eric Clapton in concert. It was amazing how he made playing guitar appear so effortless and easy, flowing from one tune to the next. Joe Hill's writing reminds me of that. Heart-Shaped Box just seemed to flow smoothly from..." Read more of this review »
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
" I couldn't get through it. And Heart Shaped Box is one of my favorite novels. "
The Northern Star by Mike Gullickson
"Imagine a future where oil is nearly depleted, how would the world react?
When governments weaken, who picks up the slack?
As America falls, who will be there to save her?

Gullickson’s The Northern Star is a fascinating joyride into the near future w..." Read more of this review »
The Northern Star by Mike Gullickson
"The Northern Star: The Beginning was an interesting look at what the future may be like. I do believe we will have something like the Mindlink since we are well on the way now. My favorite character was Ramsey.

The book was well written and it had..." Read more of this review »
Sun Dragon by Michael  Brookes
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There is a deliberate nature to Sun Dragon, the new scifi novel by Michael Brookes. Like the demeanor of scientists and engineers at Mission Control, the writing is cold and efficient, as if an invisible observer has been given the task to document t ...more
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“Luck favors the prepared." -Louis Pasteur . . . but actually for me, Edna from The Incredibles. At least I admitted it.”
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The Northern Star: The Beginning by Mike Gullickson
354 pages, usually $2.99 for Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords, but if chosen we will have access to a free epub/pdf/mobi version.

The Northern Star  The Beginning by Mike Gullickson
 
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Rapture (Survivor Chronicles) by Mike  Sutton
 
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Dead Kitties Don't Purr by Amber Green
 
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After the Storm by Don Chase
 
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The Harvesting (The Harvesting, #1) by Melanie Karsak
 
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