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D.J. Bodden is a tech-startup COO who writes books because words are magic. He's an avid reader of science-fiction and fantasy, a gamer, a former pilot and coffee trader who's been to every continent but Antarctica. He's been woken up by gunfire, jumped out of helicopters, and climbed medium-sized hills in scorching weather; He likes to make people laugh for the wrong reasons; He tries to sell people grimoires disguised as fiction; He is scared of spiders, and only recently learned to ride a bike.

D.J. lives in Switzerland with his wife and thinks it's important that they should someday be adopted by a fox.
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D.J. Bodden My version of writer's block is more like a severe case of distraction.

The best way to write a book is to write. I read somewhere that Sir Terry Pratc…more
My version of writer's block is more like a severe case of distraction.

The best way to write a book is to write. I read somewhere that Sir Terry Pratchett put down 300 words a day, rain or shine, related to his current project or not, and that works really well. If you can't think of something to write, plot. If you can't plot, come up with a new detail about one of your characters' back-stories and see what that changes.

Think about your story while you drive, in the shower, and especially right before you go to sleep (make your dreams work for you), and keep a notepad by the bed. I killed a character once because the thought of losing them made me tear up on the way home from work. The more time you spend on it, the easier it is to put it on the page. (less)
D.J. Bodden Hi Khrail,

I did, didn't I :) I've spent most of this year working on a different project, a sci-fi universe I'm putting together for both myself and o…more
Hi Khrail,

I did, didn't I :) I've spent most of this year working on a different project, a sci-fi universe I'm putting together for both myself and other authors. The publisher and I are pretty excited about it, and it's been an enormous amount of effort to get all the pieces in place, but that will launch in Q1 2021.

As for Nil, I've written the first act of the book, which takes place about 200 years earlier than Cataclysm in game-time. I had to take a step back from it, both because of my other project and because I felt like I didn't know enough to do the character justice at the time. I've learned what I needed to since then, so it's just a matter of finding enough hours in the day to write it.

I am also working with James hunter on a mini-series called Portal Mage, which takes place sixteen years *after* the Grim Jack series (seventeen years after Alan joined the game)--you can find that on my Patreon or get the first episode by signing up for my newsletter ((https://www.djboddenauthor.com/switch...). We do an episode a month. It features a certain mimic and the absolute best boy in the world. The sixth episode with the big boss fight will come out at the end of December, and there will be about twenty episodes per season.

Nil also appears in book 7 of the Viridian Archives, Grim Jack's series.

Let me flip that around for you, though. What made you like Nil? And is there anything that you would absolutely want to see about it in its book or in Portal Mage?(less)
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“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson in His Journals

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.”
C.S. Lewis

“She returned his salute with a sly smile—a rare enough event that he eyed her suspiciously.

“Admiral Solovy, are you wearing a shit-eating grin because we won here today, or is there something else I should know?”

“There’s something else you should know.”
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