Archive for September, 2013

Eight Points To Consider When You Name Your Book

Posted: 28th September 2013 by Jason Kristopher in On Writing, The Craft
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I’ve never been particularly great with titles for my work. Either they come to me completely out of the blue and without context, or I have to work and work and revise and think and eventually, hopefully, come up with something. I seriously have a list of titles for books that have absolutely no context […]

No, you’re not seeing things. The bar on the left really did change from “Outline Chapters” to “Words” – and the prologue has been written. Because you’ve all waited so patiently for, what, nine months now (good thing I’m not George R. R. Martin!) I thought I’d post it here. Beware, there are spoilers here, […]

Clearly, I find “the apocalypse” attractive on some level. After all, I’ve written about it in my The Dying of the Light trilogy. Of course, that was a zombie apocalypse, but the point is the same: We’re fascinated by the end of the world. Except, that’s not necessarily what the word “apocalypse” actually means: From wikipedia: An apocalypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψιςapocálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω meaning […]

I’ve often said that creativity, that idea generation, is a learned, practicable skill – meaning it is a skill than can be practiced and enhanced with use. I’ve even led workshops on this idea at conventions (stay tuned for the post about that). Absolutely anyone can learn to generate ideas, can learn to be creative, as […]

Even More New Audiobooks!

Posted: 23rd September 2013 by Jason Kristopher in My Work
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As I mentioned a few weeks ago, the staff over at my favorite audio production company, Falcon Sound Company, and my favorite narrator, Andy McFerrin, have been supremely busy, and have knocked out four new audiobooks for all my fans to listen to. Click the links below each pic for the Audible versions. Get the […]

The Grey Gecko Press Fund for Staci Reed

Posted: 22nd September 2013 by Jason Kristopher in Everything Else
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A good friend of mine, and one of the cover artists over at Grey Gecko Press, lost everything in the recent flooding in Colorado when her hometown was wiped out. I’m asking all my readers and fans to help her out, even if it’s just skipping a Starbucks one morning and donating the $5 (or […]

PARADE Interviews Stephen King

Posted: 20th September 2013 by Jason Kristopher in Authors
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One of my biggest writing idols, Stephen King, got interviewed. Seriously, if you want to read what is, in my opinion, one of the best books about writing books ever written, it’s On Writing. I like how he refers to himself as a novelist, and his comment on what people call him. I agree 100%. Read the […]

17 Quotes On Writing That Every Wannabe Author Should Read

Posted: 18th September 2013 by Jason Kristopher in On Writing, The Craft
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I get a lot of stuff like this sent to me, or someone links me in a post on Facebook, or I stumble across it in my ‘net ramblings. Most are “yeah, that’s pretty good” and forgotten instantly. These, however, are actually pretty great. Here’s the link to the article on Business Insider (of all places), but […]

I’ll be honest: I’m a huge fan of Pixar movies. All of them. Seriously. I think the guys over there have some of the most intriguing ideas, some of the best artists working today, and some amazing writers. Now I know why. I highly recommend that any aspiring authors who read this blog ask themselves these […]

What’s In Your Workspace?

Posted: 16th September 2013 by Jason Kristopher in Authors
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io9 had a rather interesting article back in June that I just found out about today, called Famous Scifi And Fantasy Authors In Their Workspaces. Here’s one of Isaac Asimov with his typewriter – which, as one commenter pointed out, is, in fact, a Selectric II, not a Selectric I. Why the distinction was important, you’ll have […]