Jefferson Smith

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Jefferson Smith has always been something of a mystery. Born in several different communities scattered across Canada, he has never been able to stay put for long and has spent his entire life walking the byways of distant realms, seeking out stories of the fantastic. Like the time he devoted two months to shoeing the seahorses of Narnia, or that six-week stint as a comic jester for the Mad King Aerys. He even spent three months once, sculpting dreams in light for a Mouse-lord in Hollywood.

But no matter where he goes or what he sees, Jefferson has a passion for gathering the best bits and weaving them into tales of whimsy and delight for his friends back home. Like a foreign news correspondent reporting from the worlds beyond, he brings tal
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Jefferson Smith I don't believe in writer's block. When I find myself struggling for how to continue a story, it's ALWAYS because I've lost touch with the character's…moreI don't believe in writer's block. When I find myself struggling for how to continue a story, it's ALWAYS because I've lost touch with the character's needs and ambitions. And the solution is ALWAYS to back up, figure out where I deviated from keeping faith with my characters, and rewrite from there.(less)
Jefferson Smith I'm a full-time writer, so I don't really think in terms of needing inspiration to motivate my writing. On the other hand, I'm a puzzle nut and to me,…moreI'm a full-time writer, so I don't really think in terms of needing inspiration to motivate my writing. On the other hand, I'm a puzzle nut and to me, writing is a series of puzzles. How to create the most engaging experiences - the ones worth reading about - while remaining true to the characters, and to whatever plot lines have been established earlier in the book? So in that sense, each scene is its own inspiration, and its own reward.(less)
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Soft-serve Sci-Fi

Over the course of my lifetime, science fiction has gone from a niche-market storyform aimed at geeks and propeller-heads to a cultural juggernaut consumed by the masses. So you would think that, as a one-time card-carrying member of the Junior Space Ranger’s Adventure Club, I would be delighted by the scifi-rich world I now find myself living in.

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Feels like a high school production of Cinderella, starring the Weasley family, that can't decide whether it's a comedy or a thriller. Plenty of individual bits to like, but they never quite came together for me.
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The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker
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Well written, but frustrating. I love a good underdog, struggling to achieve justice in a cruel world. But the one thing I can't tolerate is when that underdog continually undermines himself through stupidity. That stupidity can take many forms: glar ...more
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Version Control by Dexter Palmer
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I don't think this was aimed at me. Given the title and hints in the blurb, I expected a multiverse time travel story. And it did indeed seem to be going that way. A physicist husband working on "causality violation" and a "let's never speak of this" ...more
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This feels very much like a first novel. Too much telling instead of showing, melodramatic, and entirely lacking in nuance. I've enjoyed much of Nix's later stuff, but I bailed on this one before reaching chapter two.
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The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue
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First Conquest by David VanDyke
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A solid story from start to finish, but not much in the human dimension. The descriptions of the maneuvering and ordinance strategies were excellent, but overall, I was left a bit unfulfilled. This is much more a "how the battle was fought" than a "w ...more
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The first time I read this I was more enamored than the second. It's an interesting premise and it certainly has enough twists to keep it interesting during the read, but it fails my "remembering it later" test. I read it for the first time only 2 or ...more
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Not terrible, but underwhelming. Thin characters. The world behind the story was more interesting than the story itself, and the crime being unraveled felt pretty contrived.
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Jennifer Varnadore Did you change your website name? I tried going to it, and it failed to do so. :<


Jefferson Smith Welcome aboard, Lucinda. Yes, working in special effects was a lot of fun, but exhausting, too. I'm glad I did it, but I'm glad I do other things now, too. :-)


message 5: by Lucinda (last edited Sep 19, 2012 09:08AM)

Lucinda Dear Jefferson Smith,
I would like to thank you for the unexpected but most humbling friendship request here on Goodreads, which is a fanatastic site where one is able to converse with so many likeminded people both readers and authors. I am a huge fan of the fantasy genre amongst others, and i do hope that in the future i have the oportunity of reading your book 'Strange Places: finding Tayna' which caught my eye instantly with its striking cover and origional plot.
Thank you once again and do feel free to discuss anything about books, writing, ideas and thoughts.
Lucinda x

(oh, and wow at working in special effects! That must have been increadible).


Jennifer Varnadore I'll friend you on Facebook. I deleted my twitter though.


Jefferson Smith Jennifer wrote: "Hey, so when do you think you're next section to the Tayna series will come out?"

Thanks for asking, Jennifer. My publisher tells me the release is scheduled for December, although we're talking about releasing some sneak peeks before that. If you want to stay abreast of any announcements, friend me on FB or follow me on Twitter (@Jefficus). (There's also a cool contest going on right now, which you can learn about at those same coordinates.)


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Jennifer Varnadore Hey, so when do you think you're next section to the Tayna series will come out?


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