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Buzzfeed has a lengthy interview with several of Hollywood’s top screenwriters that’s worth a look:  How to Write An Awesome Movie.

Also worthy of your time is this Q&A with J. Michael Straczynski from last year’s Phoenix Comicon.  His Complete Book of Screenwriting was the first screenplay manual I ever read.  I still consult that book, which reads woefully out of date in matters of technology but remains timeless in terms of actual writing advice.  If you can track down a copy, snag it.

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World Fantasy Awards

World Fantasy Award nominations are out — congratulations to everyone involved.  The winners will be revealed at the World Fantasy Convention in Washington, D.C. in November.  (List taken from WFC website.)  Additionally, lifetime achievement honors this year go to editor Ellen Datlow and novelist Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.


  • Richard Bowes, Dust Devil on a Quiet Street (Lethe Press)
  • Marie Brennan, A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent (Tor Books)
  • Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (William Morrow/Headline)
  • Sofia Samatar, A Stranger in Olondria (Small Beer Press)
  • Helene Wecker, The Golem and the Jinni (Harper/Blue Door)
  • Gene Wolfe, The Land Across (Tor Books)


  • Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages “Wakulla Springs” (, 10/13)
  • Caitlín R. Kiernan Black Helicopters (Subterranean Press)
  • KJ Parker “The Sun and I” (Subterranean magazine, Summer 2013)
  • Veronica Schanoes “Burning Girls” (, 6/13)
  • Catherynne M. Valente, Six-Gun Snow White (Subterranean Press)

Short Story

  • Thomas Olde Heuvelt, “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket” (, 4/13)
  • Caitlín R. Kiernan, “The Prayer of Ninety Cats” (Subterranean magazine, Spring 2013)
  • Yoon Ha Lee, “Effigy Nights” (Clarkesworld, 1/13)
  • Sofia Samatar, “Selkie Stories Are for Losers” (Strange Horizons, 1/13)
  • Rachel Swirsky, “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” (Apex Magazine, 3/13)


  • Kate Bernheimer, ed., xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths (Penguin Books)
  • Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, eds. Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy (Tor Books)
  • Stephen Jones, ed. Flotsam Fantastique: The Souvenir Book of World Fantasy Convention 2013 (Smith & Jones/PS Publishing)
  • George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, eds. Dangerous Women (Tor Books/Voyager UK)
  • Jonathan Oliver, ed., End of the Road: An Anthology of Original Short Stories (Solaris Books)
  • Jonathan Strahan, ed., Fearsome Journeys: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy (Solaris Books)


  • Nathan Ballingrud, North American Lake Monsters: Stories (Small Beer Press)
  • Laird Barron, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories (Night Shade Books)
  • Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories (Subterranean Press)
  • Reggie Oliver, Flowers of the Sea (Tartarus Press)
  • Rachel Swirsky, How the World Became Quiet: Myths of the Past, Present, and Future  (Subterranean Press)


  • Galen Dara
  • Zelda Devon
  • Julie Dillon
  • John Picacio
  • Charles Vess

Special Award—Professional

  • John Joseph Adams, for magazine and anthology editing
  • Ginjer Buchanan, for editing at Ace Books
  • Irene Gallo, for art direction of
  • William K. Schafer, for Subterranean Press
  • Jeff VanderMeer & Jeremy Zerfoss, for Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction (Abrams Image)

Special Award—Non-professional

  • Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Marc Aplin, for Fantasy-Faction
  • Kate Baker, Neil Clarke & Sean Wallace, for Clarkesworld
  • Leslie Howle, for Clarion West administration
  • Jerad Walters, for Centipede Press
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I think Joss Whedon is a writing genius.  If I were to rank my 15 favorite authors, only two screenwriters would crack the list:  Rod Serling and Joss Whedon.  Check out Whedon’s Top 10 Writing Tips, then take a peek at this list of 50 Joss Whedon quotes.

As for Rod Serling, “American Masters” aired a great documentary about him that I dug up on YouTube.  Lots of good information here.

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Couple of tidbits from around the ‘net:

Here’s a great collection of quotes about writing from Thought Catalog.

And an interesting piece in The New York Times about what happens inside the brain during the act of writing.

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A few interesting tidbits from around the ‘net:

Check out this periodic table of storytelling.  Mix and match your favorite movie, or use it to help plot your next story.

Wonder why old books have such a distinctive odor?  I’m an unabashed book-sniffer, and I love the smell of used bookstores.  Compound Interest breaks down the chemical processes at work.

Mental Floss has a great piece about authors who made cameos in films based on their work.  A glaring omission is Charles Beaumont in Roger Corman’s The Intruder.  Chuck wrote the novel (his only) and the screenplay, plus he played a crucial role in the film.  Turns out not only could he write, he had acting chops as well.

Here’s the full movie, but Beaumont’s best bit starts at the 68-minute mark.  Eagle-eyed genre viewers may also notice a young William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson in the audience shots alongside William Shatner.

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Blog Tour Wrap Up 5/24

We finish the Flashback tour with a wrap up at Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours.  My thanks to Cami and Michelle, who worked hard to put together the tour.  They’re currently running a Memorial Day weekend sale, if any other authors out there want to use their services.

Reading Addiction Blog Tours

My great appreciation goes out to the individual blog hosts and hostesses who reviewed my book or interviewed me or let me hijack their blogs with a guest post.  And thanks, most importantly, to those readers of this blog who’ve followed the tour, in whole or in part.

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Flashback Blog Tour 5/23

RythemPoets has a short review of Flashback up on their site.  My thanks to Holly for reading the book and taking the time to write such a nice review.

Come back tomorrow for the final stop on the blog tour.

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Flashback Blog Tour 5/22

Today Flashback pops up at Texas Book Nook.  My thanks to Bailey for hosting me on her site.  The blog tour ends this weekend, but I have a couple more stops before then so stay tuned and check back tomorrow.

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Flashback Blog Tour 5/21

Check out this guest post I wrote about acorn novels, which is currently up at The Book Faery Reviews.

Come back tomorrow for the next stop in the tour.

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Flashback Blog Tour 5/20

Today Flashback is featured on A Life Through Books.  Check back tomorrow to see where it’s featured next.

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