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  1. Does Writing Even Matter?

    Does Writing Even Matter?

    by Ervin Anderson16 comments

    It's an Avatar world, and we're just living in it. But that might not be such a good thing.

    While watching Avatar recently, for the second time, I began to pick apart certain story elements that were familiar/trite/lame/silly/illogical, and I thought to myself, “None of that stuff really mat...

  2. Past Light on Future Roads

    Past Light on Future Roads

    by Brandon Nolta3 comments

    Nostalgia isn't worth much, but looking back can be useful.

    I found a folder in my file cabinet the other day that I haven’t seen in a while. It’s sitting on top of my computer right now, and my eyes keep drifting away from the screen and settling on it. I rea...

  3. Stories...they don't grow on trees.

    Stories...they don't grow on trees.

    by Justin C. Key6 comments

    I'm feeling inspired!

    Or do they? I'm sure someone here could go outside, pick a leaf off a tree, stare at it and then come up with a formidable story. Hell, some writer in the world may have that as his or her sole method...

  4. Collaborating is Hard

    Collaborating is Hard

    by Ervin Anderson4 comments

    How are writers able to collaborate? I'm still trying to figure it out.

    Until recently, I had never collaborated on a writing project with anyone, unless you count my dueling Gemini personalities. I’ve always viewed writing as a solitary process. Me, alone, with my laptop...

  5. More Tools for the Toolbox

    More Tools for the Toolbox

    by Brandon Nolta5 comments

    Here's something I learned at LTUE I wanted to share.

    So, it’s been nearly a week since my buddy and I ventured into Utah to attend the LTUE symposium, and I’m glad to say that it was overall a very useful experience. I got to hear a number of interestin...

  6. If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time...

    If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time...

    by Justin C. Key4 comments

    Ever read a book that just skips and skips and skips? Backstory, let's talk about it.

    I am currently reading Ghost Story by Peter Straub. I first came in contact with this author through Stephen King: they co-wrote the epic fantasy Talisman. I don't know much about the process of two e...

  7. The Overwhelmed Writer

    The Overwhelmed Writer

    by Ervin Anderson4 comments

    Writers often take on too much work, but it sure beats having no work.

    I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed right now. The news that Brad and Angelina may split has really, really…nothing to do with what I’m talking about. Well, that’s not entirely true. Part of my problem is t...

  8. A Few Minor Notes

    A Few Minor Notes

    by Brandon Nolta2 comments

    Brandon goes to a science fiction and fantasy symposium, and has a few thoughts on it.

    This week is a change of pace for me; I'm writing this week's post from the 28th annual Life, the Universe and Everything symposium in Provo, Utah. Officially, I believe it's the Marion K. "Doc" Smith...

  9. It's All About Perspective

    It's All About Perspective

    by Justin C. Key4 comments

    A rant about the first choice a writer makes.

    Want to be God? Probably not, doesn't exactly sound like a likable job. Maybe you'd rather be the firing of synapses between neurons, the real powerhouse behind thought. The mind doesn't move without...

  10. Salinger, Then and Now

    Salinger, Then and Now

    by Ervin Anderson5 comments

    What will be discovered now that Salinger has passed? One can hope for brilliance.

    A lot has been written about J. D. Salinger since his passing last week, so I thought, What the hell? Why not write more? After all, he is my favorite writer. So, what did Salinger mean to me? What...