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Manoj Shyamalan‘s latest film, The Last Airbender, is being shredded by negative reviews. Roger Ebert emphatically calls it an “agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented. Mel Valentin, from Cinematical.com takes his criticism one step further, arguing that “The Last Airbender” fails without reservation or qualification in every conceivable category: story, characters, dialogue, and performances.” So imagine my surprise when my friend and colleague, Jonathan McGough, decided to go watch it anyway. When I asked him why, he gave me the following response:

Sometimes rather than learning how to do things from great examples, you can truly learn how not to do something. (more…)

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I’m new to the internet game, at least insofar as it comes to writing. Several months ago, I read that an author needs to build a platform if he wants to be taken seriously – so I set about doing just that. It’s been a great ride, and I’ve met some wonderful people along the way, but there are some things about this game that concern me. Participating in blogs, Twitter, Facebook, forums, NaNoWriMo, or any of the gamut of writing outlets, despite the benefits, comes with some serious risks. Here are four of them: (more…)

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What do slot machines, video games, and smart plotting have in common? (more…)

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I love guacamole. Love it. I can eat it plain, on chips, in tacos, burritos, or over rice. Doesn’t matter. It’s that authentic Mexican flavor that I crave. No matter where I’m at, or what time of year it is, good guacamole is one of those rare dishes that can transform a glum, rainy day into a warm, sunny afternoon. This is the power of harmony. It isn’t the avocado that I love, nor is it the onions, tomatoes, cilantro, or lime. It’s the flavor that’s produced when each of these ingredients are combined that makes the dish the culinary treasure that it is. The same holds true for mood. A combination of smaller elements, mood is the product of carefully placed ingredients peppered throughout a scene/chapter/book. With just the right proportions, it can be used to wonderful effect. (more…)

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It’s been three years since I started writing The Dead Don’t Cry, three years since I’ve really had to think about my elusive friend, the plot. The last time I wrote about him, I talked about delving into the minds of your characters, letting them do all the legwork. Useful as that can be, the actual art tends to be a bit more gritty, considerably more hands on. We’ve all heard the saying: there’s a story in each and every one of us. What no one told us was just how piecemeal that story actually is. (more…)

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[My Best Friend] : What do you mean they want you to market your own book?

[Me] : They’re cutting costs across the board. Since we now have the ability to market ourselves, they don’t feel it’s necessary.

[My Best Friend] : I feel it’s necessary that you find an alternative.

He isn’t the only one. After another polite/generic rejection letter, I have to ask myself: what the hell am I doing? I’ve spent my adult life going against the norm, yet when it comes to my single biggest investment in time and money, I’m relying on a dinosaur to pluck me out of obscurity. Stupid. Don’t believe me? Let’s do some homework. (more…)

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My girlfriend makes the absolute best bacon and eggs. Crusty, amazingly soft Tuscan bread slathered in butter, moist yet crisp, hickory smoked bacon, and slowly scrambled eggs infused with complimentary notes of garlic, pepper, the wonderful creaminess of my dear friend, milk, and extra bits of  bacon thrown in for good measure. Top it all off with tea (milk and sugar), and you have the kind of morning that I could happily wake up to for the rest of my life. So, I have to ask – will anyone ever find my writing nearly as satisfying? (more…)

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