Review: ‘Castaways of the Flying Dutchman’ by Brian Jacques

As most of you know, I am a major admirer of the literary work of Brian Jacques (see my previous post on the Redwall series here). His writing has been a source of amusement as well as inspiration for me since the age of 18. I recently read through the Castaways of the Flying Dutchman trilogy, and thought I’d share my critiques as well as what I liked about this lesser publicized series by the beloved YA author.Continue reading “Review: ‘Castaways of the Flying Dutchman’ by Brian Jacques”

Copyrights and Intellectual Property Theft

It’s a problem. It happens every day. Sometimes professionals are the culprits, but sometimes they are ordinary, otherwise law-abiding citizens who use some variation of “but everybody does it” to excuse what is quite simply a crime. If you don’t like moral lectures, then I suggest you skip this post, but personally I’d be much obliged if you’d take a moment to read it, and positively delighted if you took the message to heart.Continue reading “Copyrights and Intellectual Property Theft”

The Self-Publishing Process

In my previous post, I spoke of why or why not self-publishing might be a good idea. In this one, I will attempt to outline the process of making it happen for those who would like to give it a try. More specifically, I will be talking about publishing a book here, though it can apply to some degree to publishing a short story as well.Continue reading “The Self-Publishing Process”

Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing

Are you tired of constant form-letter rejections? Do you like having greater control over your creative process? Would you prefer to keep more of your royalties?
If your answer to any of the above is yes, then self-publishing might just be the route for you. In this first of several posts on self-publishing, I will attempt to detail the reasons why taking the independent route to publication may or may not be the right route for you.Continue reading “Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing”

Plans for January

December was a very full and fulfilling month, all told. Though I did not quite get around to everything I’d hoped, all the main goals were met and then some. I reviewed the sequel to Sauragia earlier this month (some changes need to be made, but still planning to publish this summer), as well as my secondary anthology project between Christmas and New Year’s. Looking good so far.Continue reading “Plans for January”

Making Fantasies Real: The Art of Plausibility

One of the biggest enticements to write fiction is the ability to express ourselves through vivid use of imagination. We can do, say, and create virtually any reality we want on the page simply through a few pencil or keystrokes. Nowhere is this truer than in science-fiction and fantasy, where we are given virtually a clean slate to create everything right down to the very world in which the story is set. And our readers are well aware of this. So what, one might ask, has believability got to do with any of it? And the answer is (at least if you are going for a successful book): everything.

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The Pros and Cons of Making Books Into Films

The book is always better.

That’s what they say, anyway, and for the most part I agree. There isn’t much that the big screen can do that the pages of a book and a little imagination can’t do better. That said, movies do serve their purpose, as I intend to outline here.Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Making Books Into Films”

The Pros and Cons of E-Books

I’m no big fan of e-readers (as you can probably tell if you’ve read some of my former posts). I never have been, and never will be. While I do own one, I’ve never quite been comfortable with using it the way I am with printed, bound works. With that in mind, here’s my list of good and bad things about e-books. Feel free to mention if I missed any features, positive or negative, in the comment area below.Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of E-Books”

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