Book Review – No Sea, No Land (French title : Ni Terre, Ni Mer) by Olivier Megaton, Nicola Genzianella and Sylvain Ricard

Book Review – No Sea, No Land (French title : Ni Terre, Ni Mer) by Olivier Megaton, Nicola Genzianella and Sylvain Ricard
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The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog

The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog
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Fantasy Book Review: John Gardner’s Grendel — Interesting Literature

Fantasy Book Review: John Gardner’s Grendel — Interesting Literature
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Update: July 9, 2019, Olive Garden Again

I am at Olive Garden now, having a basic lunch of soup and bread and working on “Shadows and Stars Lying Down”.

I tried to write for eight hours yesterday, but ended up writing for about four, maybe less. I took a break and watched YouTube for awhile, but couldn’t get another good zone going. I intended to write for eight today, but had too much iced tea last night and couldn’t fall asleep until 4:00. Ergo, I was dragging this morning when the alarm went off at 7:30. I finally shut off my snooze alarms and laid in bed until around 10:00. I have a few things to do today, but I hope to get a good amount of writing done.

I would like to be as disciplined a writer as Thomas Mann, who wrote for eight hours/day as if he were working a regular job. That may be the only way to achieve my goals. I am giving it a shot.

I am progressing, however. “Shadows and Stars…” now has over 63,000 words. I am shooting for between 80,000-100,000. I hope to have the first draft completed soon. Wish me luck.

Hemingway was right. A novel is a completely different animal than a short story.

Ideation: Where Do Ideas Come From? — Writers In The Storm

Laura Drake “Where do you get your ideas?” Every writer has been asked this at least a dozen times. In fact, famous authors have come up with outrageous answers, so they don’t have to go into it. Think I’m kidding? “From the Idea-of-the-Month Club.” – Neil Gaiman “The Idea Book.… Read the post

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Phil Slattery’s Sci-Fi Novelette “Alien Embrace” is Available on Amazon Kindle and in Print

Logan Rickover, owner of a hardware store in a small town in Kentucky, has lucid dreams of life as an astronaut that intrude upon his life at any moment. Which of his lives is real? The quiet paradise of Danville or the terrifying jungle world of Stheno D?

This novelette is a terrific read for those who have only a quick break to take a breather and escape to another reality.  In this sci-fi thriller, I endeavor to blur the boundaries between alien-induced hallucinations, the brutal reality of the present, and memories of an idyllic past.

Ron Baker calls it “Nightmare Planet”, gives it five stars, and comments: “This short has exactly what I like in science fiction: planet exploration and bizarre otherworldly aliens, in this case insectoid. The horrendous purpose the aliens have for the hapless astronauts who make planetfall to find the numerous previous missing exploration teams is grisly. I love the mystery of the planet and the authors device of alternating from the aliens bizarre perspective then switching to the astronauts point of view.”

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