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Mike McArtor

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I started playing D&D in the summer I was 9 years old... which would be 1984. Before the end of that summer, unable to acquire actual D&D books, I started writing my own bizarre, 9-year-old's version of D&D. I didn't really stop making up games until high school. After a 4-5 year full-stop break from anything nerdy at all, I rejoined on AOL's TSR page circa 1996. There I met Sean K Reynolds, who later got me my first freelance d20 gig in 2001.

After writing a bunch of not-great work for a few d20 publishers and working as an editor for the local college's literary journal, I got my big break as an assistant editor for Dragon magazine. I honed my own game-design craft by helping other writers improve theirs, and as a result Wizar
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This was my first Pratchett and now I am sad that it took me 36 years to finally start reading him. The humor, wit, and wordplay in this book is top-notch, and the world building is simply amazing. Add to those glowing assets likable, sympathetic cha ...more
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This is a difficult book to enjoy, I think. There are huge swaths of exposition expounding some philosophy or another. Frankly, it made my eyes glaze over. The other problem with the book is that two of three main characters are simply reprehensible ...more
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Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain by Ryan Blair
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This book is mostly a memoir of a millionaire, although it does have a bit of business advice worked into it. It's an interesting read but it doesn't seem to really know what it wants to be. I'd like it more if it were more focused either on being a ...more
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The Damned by Algernon Blackwood
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This wasn't bad, but it lacks action. The narrator himself, and I kid you not, mentions several times that "nothing happens" and the lack of things happening is a central aspect of the story. Up until the narrator starts pounding into us that nothing ...more
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This excellent fable is an extremely fast read. It is an excellent example of magical realism by an author who is a leading expert in the genre.

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Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
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Solid advice for storytellers. Donald Maass doesn't go into writing craft at all and focuses solely on creating a compelling, page-turning story.

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