Monthly Archives: April 2013


Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker Publication: Self Genre: Mystery Verdict: No I read a lot of genres, but probably my sentimental favorite is the cozy, i.e., the amateur sleuth mystery. These tend to feature female protagonists, cute pictures on … Continue reading

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Technician’s Thoughts: Thank You, Sir, May I Have Another?

I took the following picture at Barnes and Noble the other day: Do you notice what I notice? That every book is trying to look like Fifty Shades of Gray? What am I saying? Of course you notice. “Domination romance” … Continue reading

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On Clumsiness, and Balance

The House Girl by Tara Conklin Publication: Traditional Genre: Literary Verdict: No The House Girl is a dual story. One narrative takes place in 1852, and it’s about Josephine, a slave about to make a run for her freedom. The … Continue reading

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Plot is Tech: My Four-Act Formula

Spoilers for: His Majesty’s Dragon, by Naomi Novik; The Princess Bride, by William Goldman; Speaker for the Dead, by Orson Scott Card; Star Wars series As a writer, I consider myself to be in the journeyman stage of my career. … Continue reading

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Dragon Maths

His Majesty’s Dragon, by Naomi Novik Publication: Traditional Genre: Fantasy In my first post, I blogged about how I rejected Code Name Verity because, while it had a great hook, that’s simply not enough; a book must follow up the … Continue reading

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What is Fiction Technician?

There’s been a lot of talk recently about how e-books are changing the publishing business. It’s generally agreed that the effects are enormous, but as yet unknown. E-books are having an effect on the profitability of brick-and-mortar stores, on the … Continue reading

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