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March 26, 2012

I seem to always get stuck in the same places when I'm plotting. I'm good at figuring out my world and my set pieces, who fights whom, and who wins. But I often get stuck on the why. Why does any of this matter?

At the recommendation of Susan Quinn and others, I've been reading this book by

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Published on March 26, 2012 05:13 • 29 views

March 23, 2012

Title: Dance with Dragons (Book #5 of the Song of Ice and Fire saga)

Author: George R. R. Martin

Genre: (Very) Epic Fantasy

Published: 2011

My Content Rating: (Very) R for sex, language, violence, and whatever else you got

As I do with sequels, I won't summarize this for fear of spoilers. If you've read the first four, you're probably going to read this one. If you haven't, know that Game of Thrones (being book #1) starts a massive fantasy epic that includes a couple of continents, hundre...
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Published on March 23, 2012 05:23 • 23 views

March 21, 2012

Moving out here wasn't easy. There are a lot of things I miss like the ocean, TV shows I can understand, average temperatures below 80 degrees . . .

But this is about the things I love.

1. The Old City

Chiang Mai has a moat, guys. I mean, yeah, it's got fountains in it, and it's basically one giant traffic circle now, but still. A. MOAT. The remains of the wall are pretty freaking cool too.

2. Rainy Season

You may recall that I love rainy days. Well the rainy season here lasts for lik...
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Published on March 21, 2012 05:36 • 21 views

March 19, 2012

I wanted to ask "What's your dream job?" But for a lot of us, writing is our dream job.

But what if you couldn't write for some reason? What would you do instead?

I originally decided to write as one of many options. I was at my Office Space job one day, thinking about various projects -- none of them work-related, of course. I had an unfinished novel, a computer game, a couple of board game designs, and a D&D campaign bouncing through my head (and, uh . . . open on my desktop).

And I real...
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Published on March 19, 2012 06:13 • 14 views

March 16, 2012

I want to thank all of you so much for supporting Ellen Oh and Asian YA book covers during the Asian YA Book Giveaway. So many people tweeted and facebooked(?) and e-mailed about it. Don't let this be the end. Keep talking about this issue and supporting the books and publishers you're proud of!

But for the contest, congratulations to Kash Mitaukano and Carl Scott! I have e-mailed both of you already, but if you didn't receive it, please contact me yourself.

For those of you who didn't win, ...
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Published on March 16, 2012 06:04 • 9 views

March 14, 2012

[You've entered the Giveaway in Support of YA Asian Book Covers, right? Today might be your last chance! (Boy, I should've thought of a better name).]

How far is it to the horizon? How far away can you see an approaching object? This is something I come across in Air Pirates a lot, but it always takes multiple clicks and conversions to get at the simple formula I want. So, fully expecting mathematics to drive away half my audience, here it is (in both kilometers and miles):

So someone 5 ...
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Published on March 14, 2012 05:55 • 13 views

March 12, 2012

 [Don't forget! The Asian YA Giveaway is still going on. Enter now if you haven't already! Winners chosen on Friday.]


Sokka: Our detour into town today has completely thrown
off our schedule. It's gonna take some serious finagling to get us back
on track. 

Toph: Finagle away, oh schedule master!

You love the burst of ideas that is the New Shiny. Brainstorms, outlines, beat sheets -- you will do whatever it takes to make this story awesome before you write the first word. Why? B...
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Published on March 12, 2012 05:39 • 38 views

March 9, 2012

[If you haven't entered to win a copy of Silver Phoenix or Huntress yet, go do so now. Winners chosen next week.]

I still find it astounding that some folks haven't read Lord of the Rings. Then again, the book is huge, and I am sort of a fantasy geek (and don't ask about all the classics I've never read). Still, if you're on the edge, maybe I can help push you over.

1. Nazgûl. The undead servants of Mordor. They never sleep, never die, and never stop coming. They're kinda like Dementors, b...
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Published on March 09, 2012 04:35 • 23 views

March 7, 2012

The amazing Ellen Oh has written a heartfelt and needs-to-be-heard post on why the Pretty White Girl YA Book Cover Trend needs to end. From Ellen's post:

Asians have long been the silent minority in this country. It's gotten
so bad that when someone makes a racist remark toward Asians, they just
shrug it off and make it seem like you're the one making a big deal
about nothing. . . . Like a couple of white guys who
think they are being clever by opening up a restaurant called "Roundeye...
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Published on March 07, 2012 04:59 • 20 views

March 5, 2012

Prequels are not always bad. Just want to throw that out there. But in general, when I hear a new book or movie is a prequel, I'm immediately less interested than I could be. Why?

Because sometimes the prequel is not the story I want to know more about. The original was. Example: Phantom Menace. (I really, really, really don't care that Anakin built C-3P0, even if you could solve all the plot holes that represents.)
Because sometimes the questions raised in the original are best left...
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Published on March 05, 2012 05:09 • 20 views