Posts Tagged ‘writing’

The big mistakes that sink a book are not nearly as interesting to me as the little ones that can tip the balance either way. One of the little things that always leaves me bemused is how people in stories go straight from summer into winter without more than a passing mention of fall. While […]

You may have missed

Posted: 31st August 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Dave Freer posted two interesting things that i thought I’d mention. on his feelings after finishing something. And what he wants to write in the future. Editors and publishers interested in the latter should call me immediately.

Today’s Discussion: Two quotes

Posted: 29th August 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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I am considering some of the things from the last post, unfortunately time and functional gray matter are scant. So noting the lack of wit of my own, today’s offering for your discussion: “The penalty for success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you.” Nancy Astor and “In real life, […]

Yes, life has left me busy enough to nearly forget the contest. I will announce the winner in this post. I promise. But first: My panel schedule for WorldCon; 1pm Wednesday17: Schmoozing 101 CCC – Korbel 1D The art of small talk – it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Pick up some tips on how […]

“Write with nouns and verbs, not with adjectives and adverbs. The adjective hasn’t been built that can pull a weak or inaccurate noun out of a tight place.” William Strunk

Seven deadly words…

Posted: 18th June 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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I found this over on and can’t believe I didn’t see it on my flist. It should be noted that a great many of the words and phrases mentioned in the article, and the comments are frequently seen in  query, synopsis, or cover letter.

Best Advice

Posted: 15th June 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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There is so much bad information out there about the publishing industry, and writing, and how to find an agent that i was wondering what posts people had seen that had good advice. Got a link or two to share, post them in comments. Here’s a few i found interesting. * […]

House Keeping

Posted: 13th June 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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First my website is back up and running. Second Dave Freer’s website is freshly updated. Third for those of you who are itching for a taste of James Enge’s writing, he’s got another story coming out in Black Gate. Fourth, it looks like I’ve forgotten to post any Slow Train chapters so there will […]

Sticky points

Posted: 8th June 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Warning. Post contains spoilers for several series. Including, David Weber’s Honor Harrington series, Lois Bujold’s Five Gods, C. E. Murphy’s Walking Papers series, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, the Tails of the Moon series by Dave Freer and Eric Flint and Irene Radford’s Dragon Nimbus. You are warned.               There are a lot of things […]

Me, myself, and I

Posted: 28th May 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Verb conjugation is apparently a dying skill. I’ve had more than one manuscript in the past few dozen that seem to lack this basic skill. Maybe it is too much for me to expect that people who want to be published should be able to know what tense of a verb to use, if so […]

Having read several thousand novels over the course of my life, I can’t say there are as many characters I’d like to meet. Not all of the characters are ones that I liked, but all had their own personal gravity that inescapably draws the minds eye to them. It goes without saying that most of […]

Darwins Evolutions

Posted: 29th April 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Darwin Garrison of “Darwin’s Evolutions” is getting closer to launching the innovative ezine, as part of the run up, they have just launched their forums. Enjoy

Ravencon update 2

Posted: 27th April 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Just after the last update i had my third event of the day. A well moderated, and actively engaged assembly of panelists that had me blithering along while; L Jagi Lamplighter, John C Wright, Allen Wold, fired off insightful answers to Peter Prellwitz deftly asked question. This was fun, and like most good panels we […]


Posted: 24th April 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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I’m pretty sure I mentioned once or twice that I’d be at Ravencon this weekend. I know it says so on my website. Now I just wish real life hadn’t gotten in the way of getting ready for the con until tonight. A well… I’ll be looking at some of the slush this weekend as […]

The Magic Letter

Posted: 3rd March 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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One of the conventions of Science Fiction and Fantasy that is on my list of things that bemuse me is the addition or change of a letter as a signal to the fan of the extraordinary nature of what the writers has written. The magic letter occurs in both fantasy and science fiction and has […]

    Last night as I was for some inexplicable reason watching Celebrity Rehab and thinking about what to post for Bittercon., i was struck by a thought. That thought was struck by a question. After filing assault charges and a brief flirtation with a civil suit, I decided that I’d go with thought, that I’d […]

I was talking to a writer friend tonight about him doing a new character. I asked him what he knew about his character? This ties in really well with some of the points that Laura Gilman, myself and others made at Arisia about building characters because the more you know about your characters, the better […]

Winter Workout – First stage done

Posted: 11th February 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Everyone should have received either a “Still reading after one.” or a critique form by now. If you haven’t, either post here with the title of your book, or use the contact form on my website to let me know. A lot of interesting projects this year. Some were very hard to say no to, […]

Work Reward by Intelligent Thorough Execution.

We are now under four hours from when I start reading. The turnout is looking like it will be even better than last year. Better still it looks like a better mix of genres as well. I’m well stocked with submissions, coke, vodka, mixers, and and junk food. There’s chicken in the fridge, and chili […]