James Cardona

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James Cardona received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Delaware with a minor in Religious Studies.
He enjoys all things creative including the typical things such as drawing, painting, music and creative writing; and the not-so-typical such as building robots and writing computer code.
James has written five books and is planning on writing many, many more.
He also loves tinkering with computers, electronics and building robots and is a mentor for FIRST Robotics FRC Team 316.
James also helps organize and run the PSEG Salem County Math Showcase which he created back in the year 2000, a math competition for students from grades four through eight, typically attended each year by approximately 500-600 students.
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James Cardona My writing occurs in a several step process and each of these steps requires a different setting. So I guess it kind of depends on if we are talking…moreMy writing occurs in a several step process and each of these steps requires a different setting. So I guess it kind of depends on if we are talking about idea formulation, putting the first words to paper or editing.

But in general I like to write alone and in a distraction free environment. I also do not like to write unless I have a several-hour block of time so that I can really start flowing. If I only have a few minutes or tens of minutes, I will edit though.

As to the ritual part of the question, I think I am a bit of an oddball because I like to set the atmosphere of the room to the scene that I am working on. So for example, if I am writing a romantic scene, I will put on soft music, dim the light and recline with my laptop on my belly. For intense action scenes I will put on pulse-pounding music, put the computer on the table and stand in front of it. My wife thinks it's hilarious because I sometimes bounce around and wave my hands during the creation of those intense scenes.

For the book I am working on now, The Dark Castle: Book 2 of The Apprentice Series, I am trying something new which is dictation software. It feels really weird to me so far, but it is an experiment so I am going with it for at least a little while. I am hoping that it will decrease the time it takes me to complete a book by a sizable percentage. We'll see.
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James Cardona I don't write linearly so I rarely have writer's block. When I feel blocked on a chapter that I am writing on, I skip to another chapter or scene that…moreI don't write linearly so I rarely have writer's block. When I feel blocked on a chapter that I am writing on, I skip to another chapter or scene that I am feeling passionate about at the moment and write that. Later, I can return to the more difficult passage and it is usually not a problem. But I rarely need to do this.

Another tool I use to avoid blocks is to diagram and outline the plot(s) and storyline(s) out before I start writing the book. I am fairly analytical, being an engineer by day, so I tend to plan out the book well before I actually write it. (less)
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This is an odd gem of a tale. The author clearly excels in his analysis and presentation of human motivations and interactions, particularly in the office and familial environments.
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I particularly liked the dark tale told by Robert Reed, Murder Born, which explores the nature of humans in a world where executing a murderer results in their victims return to the living.
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“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
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“The danger that keeps me just a little frightened with every book I write, however, is that I’ll overreach myself once too often and try to write a story that I’m just plain not talented or skilled enough to write. That’s the dilemma every storyteller faces. It is painful to fail. But it is far sadder when a storyteller stops wanting to try.”
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“Telling the story of who she was, and then realizing that she was no longer the same person. That she had made a mistake, and the mistake had changed her, and now she would not make the mistake again because she had become someone else, someone less afraid, someone more compassionate.”
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