General Chaos

January Blues

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 | Comments Off on January Blues

First, and foremost, applications for Viable Paradise 2014 are open! Deadline is June 15th. If you’re a science fiction or fantasy writer, you should apply. There are few better ways to spend a week of your time. You will learn so much (I’m still learning things months later) and you will meet a fantastic bunch of folks. Immersing yourself in writing for a week is an amazing experience and I honestly can’t recommend this workshop highly enough. If you’ve convinced yourself that you aren’t good enough yet, like I almost did last year, apply anyway. Let the staff...

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Stuff I Learned at Writer Camp Part 1

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 | 2 comments

One of the most enlightening lectures we had all week was by author Laura J. Mixon. She discussed a concept I’d heard about before, that of writing happening in an almost trance-like state, in different context. She posited the idea that inside all of us creative types is an “other” who is in charge of the unconscious parts of the creation process. You could call it a muse, but Laura likes to call hers ‘the beast’. Over the course of the lecture she went over various ways to care for our inner beasts and how to help the connection between the conscious and...

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We All Need a Little Paradise

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 | Comments Off on We All Need a Little Paradise

I just got back from a week-long writer’s workshop called Viable Paradise. The workshop specializes in Speculative Fiction, but much of what’s covered could apply to any sort of writing. Even a few days later, I’m not sure I can relate how much I learned and what a thoroughly intense experience it was. I spent five days completely immersed in writing. From the moment I woke up until I went to sleep there was nothing else in my head. It was beautiful, and exhausting. Meeting some giants in the field and two dozen other writers at a similar place in their careers was amazing. Beyond the...

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Author Promo: Nikka Michaels and Eileen Griffin

Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 | Comments Off on Author Promo: Nikka Michaels and Eileen Griffin

Author duo Nikka Michaels and Eileen Griffin have released their first collaboration, Chasing Matt, a racy M/M novella. (Follow them on Twitter here and here.) What I loved about this story is that neither of the guys were particularly alpha and both were very real. Chase is shy and awkward. Matt is wary of putting himself in a position to be hurt again. It’s a quick read that will leave you wanting more, but even though it’s short there are nicely developed characters and a storyline. Including an ending that I loved. I can’t wait for something longer from this pair! And...

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Good News, Everyone!

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 | Comments Off on Good News, Everyone!

I found out just before I headed out of town last week that I was invited to attend Viable Paradise 17. VP is a week-long writer’s workshop held in Martha’s Vineyard where I’ll hopefully learn so much about writing that my head will explode. I’ll be workshopping the first two chapters of Forgotten Magic while I’m there so I’ll have to struggle not to change anything during the long couple of months until then. I’ve been working on a scene that I want to add at the end, a sort of post-climax wrap up. Hopefully that will keep me out of trouble for the...

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Moore Writes #4

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 | Comments Off on Moore Writes #4

This is a bit of a silly little story that was an exercise for my fiction seminar class last fall. The assignment was to take a story we had written previously in the course and change the point of view and style as much as we could while still maintaining the same storyline. I chose Plague Vector as the subject of my rewrite and decided to write from the point of view of one of the frogs. Terminal Velocity is the result of that exercise and an interesting story in its own right. I actually might revisit this one sometime soon and try to expand on the idea a bit because I like it so much....

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