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(2006-03-08) Packages in the Mail

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(2006-04-10) Still no publisher response

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(2006-05-16) Rejection #1

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(2006-05-23) Douglas Preston and Lincon Child

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(2006-06-07) Love Conquerors All

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(2006-06-13) WBM Submitted #2

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(2006-06-15) Love Conquerors All - First Draft

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(2006-07-26) Stupidity of Convention Events

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(2006-08-29) The Shadow Chaser by Dylan Birtolo

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(2006-09-10) The Lost Keep of Kaywall by Charles Embrey Jr.

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(2006-10-09) Killing Turf Wars

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(2006-10-11) Started on Muddy Reflections

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(2006-10-24) Working on Muddy Reflections

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(2006-11-13) Learning how to write

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(2006-11-13) Wind, Bear, and Moon moves on

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(2006-11-21) Shared Worlds and Maps

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(2006-11-27) Distractions

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(2006-11-29) Muddy Reflections: Back to new stuff…

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(2006-12-06) Another Chapter Down

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(2006-12-12) Bittersweet Days

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(2006-12-12) Dante, Dentists, and Descriptions

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(2006-12-18) Muddy Reflections - Round Two Done!

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(2007-01-06) Good Tidings

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(2007-01-09) Almost There…

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(2007-01-12) Map of Creation Work

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(2007-01-15) April 1, 2007

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(2007-01-16) He remembered!

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(2007-02-01) Main Site Changed

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(2007-02-03) White Wolf Submission Accepted!

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(2007-02-08) Cool List of Overused Sci-Fi Plots

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(2007-02-12) Oblivion, 4E6, NaNoMo, and GenCon

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(2007-02-26) Muddy Reflections rejected

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(2007-03-12) Interesting Weekend

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(2007-03-19) A Week of Writing

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(2007-04-02) Good Weekend

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(2007-04-05) The addiction, it pulls me!

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(2007-04-07) Query Letter #2 and Reflections

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(2007-04-09) Finished The New Girl (formerly known as Engines)

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(2007-04-11) Exa is done! And writing some more.

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(2007-04-26) Back at work

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(2007-04-27) Mud and critical feedback

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(2007-04-29) Bedknobs and Mountain Ranges

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(2007-04-30) 3x8 rejection

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(2007-04-30) Lojban Obscurity

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(2007-05-02) Happenstance

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(2007-05-02) World Making

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(2007-05-03) Struggling with rejections and writing

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(2007-05-04) Reflections and Gifts

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(2007-05-06) Going Back in Time

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(2007-05-07) Visiting the Past

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(2007-05-09) Forty-five steps forward, fifteen steps back

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(2007-05-11) White Wolf submission, posted New Girl, married 7 years!

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(2007-05-15) New Projects and Wind, Bear, Moon editing

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(2007-05-17) Bikes, bones, and old game systems

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(2007-05-21) Writing, PS3, and Wii's

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(2007-05-23) Miserable but not yet

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(2007-05-29) Weekend Fun

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(2007-05-30) In the writing groove

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(2007-05-31) Babies and HDMI cables

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(2007-06-01)

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(2007-06-05) Orthogonal Writing

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(2007-06-08) Revisions to Expectations

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(2007-06-12) Rejection from Machine of Death

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(2007-06-14) Computers and Writing and Distance

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(2007-06-14) Postage SASE's

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(2007-06-18) College Degrees, Bikes, and Watches

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(2007-06-19) The Last 24 Hours

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(2007-06-21) Fear of Submission

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(2007-06-22) Open Book Press and Bad Timing

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(2007-06-25) Weekend Stuff

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(2007-06-28) Courier

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(2007-06-29) Futurama made me cry

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(2007-07-09) Story: A Father's Choice

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(2007-07-09) Thoughts on Exalted (1 of 2)

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(2007-07-18) Low-Hanging Fruit Week

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(2007-07-18) Rejection for Muddy Reflections

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(2007-07-19) Moving Forward

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(2007-07-26) "This is Life"

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(2007-08-08) Feedback!

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(2007-08-20) Back from GenCon

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(2007-08-24) Black Holes of Writing

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(2007-08-25) Submissions I noticed…

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(2007-08-30) Programming Hard

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(2007-08-31) Um…

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(2007-09-06) Remembering

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(2007-09-07) Another rejection for Muddy Reflections

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(2007-09-07) Madeleine L’Engle died

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(2007-09-08) Good day of writing, programming, and The Host.

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(2007-09-13) Slight Progress on Stuff

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(2007-09-17) Bash Down the Door and Slice Open the Badguy edited by W. H. Horner

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(2007-09-17) Two Letters

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(2007-09-18) Projects to do before I sleep

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(2007-09-22) bounce Someone likes my writing!

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(2007-09-22) Randomly Cool Things

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(2007-09-24) Feeling a bit down…

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(2007-09-25) Into the Reach by Alana Abbott

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(2007-09-26) Epiphanies in BooGame, plans for CuteGod and writing

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(2007-09-28) Writing Experiments

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(2007-10-04) The path not chosen

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(2007-10-08) Considering a Masters (Edited)

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(2007-10-13) PlanetCute woes and NaNoWriMo trepidations

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(2007-10-19) Editing Code and Editing Novels

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(2007-10-25) Context switching from CuteGod to NaNoWriMo

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(2007-10-30) A pause of silence

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(2007-11-01) NaNoWriMo starts without me

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(2007-11-02) Awesome Writing Day

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(2007-11-05) Ton of links and self-pride

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(2007-11-07) NaNoWriMo Day 1

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(2007-11-08) Writing, Comics, and Contests

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(2007-11-09) Thomas the Baker accepted at Twisted Ink!

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(2007-11-12) NaNoWriMo observations

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(2007-11-12) Oatmeal

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(2007-11-14) Crappy NaNoWriMo, AMD64 Debian, and CuteGod

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(2007-11-16) Love is…

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(2007-11-21) 14k to go

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(2007-11-23) 2,611 words and 9 chapters to go

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(2007-11-24) 16 days, 37 chapters, and 55,108 words

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(2007-11-26) Being sick and plans for this week

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(2007-12-01) Pushing Daisies

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(2007-12-03) CuteGod 0.2.1 out!

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(2007-12-04) My Father

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(2007-12-05) Gift Societies and Writing

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(2007-12-06) Glorious Saber Ponies

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(2007-12-11) Fiction writing for work-for-hire

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(2007-12-17) Some days, I think I do too much

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(2007-12-29) Looking Back and Forward from 2007 to 2008

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(2008-01-08) Scroll of the Lands and 10 things about my writing

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(2008-01-11) Rejections

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(2008-01-16) ABNA Results are in!

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(2008-01-16) Brick Walls

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(2008-01-25) Shadow Over Shandahar by T. R. Chowdhury and T. M. Crim

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(2008-01-26) Writing makes me whole

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(2008-01-30) Rejection for Change of Honor

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(2008-02-03) Boiling Pots

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(2008-02-04) Long-Winded Question for WBM

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(2008-02-09) Weaving my life

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(2008-02-13) Best Laid Plans isn't included

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(2008-02-13) Slogging Through the Snow

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(2008-02-15) Deadlines and Bad Choices

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(2008-02-18) IHAP

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(2008-02-21) The bar is too high.. for now

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(2008-02-25) Writing and Code

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(2008-02-27) Fluffy's Birthday

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(2008-02-29) DL and Keyboards

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(2008-03-02) Thoughts on writing your life

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(2008-03-06) Crack monkey needs words!

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(2008-03-06) Elfhunter by C. S. Marks

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(2008-03-11) Creature Selection

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(2008-03-18) Sleeping

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(2008-03-20) Thursday Morning Bleorgs!

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(2008-03-21) Brickpunk and Steampunk

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(2008-03-22) Anton Strout is the awesome

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(2008-03-25) The Compliment that Insults

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(2008-03-26) Reaching Your Goals

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(2008-03-27) Mid-Novel Blues

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(2008-04-07) Sentence Sunday

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(2008-04-16) WIP is done!

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(2008-04-17) Good news and fun news

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(2008-04-25) Scroll of the Lands

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(2008-05-05) Jewish Rock?

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(2008-05-23) New foundation and some tunnels!

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(2008-05-30) Unplanned Time

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(2008-06-02) Interesting characters, including my wife

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(2008-06-03) Running Bomb Epilogue

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(2008-06-05) Decisions and Breathing

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(2008-06-06) Book Titles, World Development, MP3s and DVDs

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(2008-06-08) Writing Methodologies

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(2008-06-09) World Building!

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(2008-06-17) Recovering

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(2008-06-25) Winding Up

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(2008-06-26) Running Bomb votes are in! (and a snippet from Scions)

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(2008-06-30) I hate…

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(2008-07-01) Smooth Strokes

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(2008-07-07) Lovely Monday

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(2008-07-08) Pencils

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(2008-07-15) Writer's Block

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(2008-07-17) The Awesomeness of a Dylan and a meme

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(2008-07-18) The Block of Writers and Seeking Closure

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(2008-07-21) Brokeback Ice River

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(2008-07-21) POV Question

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(2008-07-22) Three Weeks!?

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(2008-07-23) i hate…

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(2008-07-24) Character Flaws: Unbiased

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(2008-07-25) Character Flaws: Basis of Decisions

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(2008-07-25) Unexpected Inspirations

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(2008-07-28) Character Flaws: Pride and Apathy

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(2008-07-28) I can has apartment?

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(2008-07-29) Juggling Schedules

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(2008-07-30) Flood water draining…

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(2008-07-31) Beginning to Break

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(2008-08-01) Writing, sort of, or Programming

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(2008-08-08) GenCon Trepidations

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(2008-08-08) The Edge of Propinquity

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(2008-08-20) Travel Time is Over

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(2008-08-29) Lethe's Yarn, Sickness, and TEoP

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(2008-09-02) The Wall of Code

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(2008-09-03) Interesting ideas to think about

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(2008-09-03) Spam and Projects

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(2008-09-05) Editors

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(2008-09-08) To Done Lists

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(2008-09-10) Love(craft) of Temptation

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(2008-09-17) Another day, another paragraph

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(2008-09-22) Weekend productivity

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(2008-09-25) A Damn Shame

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(2008-09-25) Only five days?

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(2008-09-26) Cusp of locale

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(2008-09-29) Productive weekend

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(2008-09-30) Don't eat the crayons

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(2008-09-30) Kitty day!

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(2008-10-02) Planus interruptus

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(2008-10-06) Second place is still good

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(2008-10-09) Horrible, evil monkeys…

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(2008-10-16) Random thoughts

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(2008-10-17) Friday mornings

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(2008-10-20) Weekend followups

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(2008-10-23) Victim of Love thoughts

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(2008-10-31) Getting Some Room

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(2008-11-04) Writerly and gamerly trudging

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(2008-11-07) Observations

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(2008-11-13) Is it better to feel sick or to feel like a writer?

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(2008-12-01) The winds of change

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(2008-12-12) Two of my favorite things

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(2008-12-15) A hermit emerges

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(2008-12-16) Two down

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(2008-12-17) Progression in writing

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(2008-12-19) Not a good start

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(2008-12-22) I be a writer

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(2008-12-24) Holiday writing

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(2008-12-29) I love writing and movies

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(2008-12-29) POD reflections

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(2009-01-05) Goals for 2009

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(2009-01-14) Writing and Classes

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(2009-01-27) Little bit of creativity

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(2009-01-30) Exhaustion

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(2009-02-06) Not a bunny

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(2009-02-06) Websites

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(2009-02-10) Never again…

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(2009-02-19) GenCon Spending and Bunny Bois

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(2009-02-23) Monday morning yawn

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(2009-02-24) Deader Still

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(2009-02-25) Not sure where to go

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(2009-03-02) Decisions made

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(2009-03-05) Scary baby steps

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(2009-03-10) Surprise! No sleep.

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(2009-03-12) Writing frameworks

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(2009-03-20) It nets out to neutral

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(2009-03-27) Low-grade OCD

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(2009-04-01) Hindsight

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(2009-04-13) Easter and Religions

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(2009-04-14) Death threats

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(2009-04-16) Diabetes, MythTV, and world-building

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(2009-04-20) Commissions, BooGame, hardware, and creativity

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(2009-04-27) A weekend in review

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(2009-05-05) A pound lighter…

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(2009-05-13) Duty Bound

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(2009-05-18) Commissions

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(2009-05-20) A writer by any other name…

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(2009-05-25) I love the first draft

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(2009-05-27) A sigh of relief

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(2009-06-05) Another first draft

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(2009-06-08) Another weekend ends…

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(2009-06-14) I have to stop, but I can't

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(2009-06-16) Happily moving forward

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(2009-06-18) Mothers, writing, and documentation

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(2009-06-21) Predictions

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(2009-06-23) Changing gears

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(2009-06-25) No longer the queen sniff

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(2009-06-26) Chattering monkeys

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(2009-06-28) Future beauty in websites

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(2009-06-28) Salmon Pink Shinesman… away!

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(2009-07-01) Passively improving

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(2009-07-01) Struggles

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(2009-07-04) A holiday to celebrate

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(2009-07-07) The good, the obsessed, and the wordy

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(2009-07-15) Things just happen

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(2009-07-24) Distraction powers, activate!

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(2009-07-31) Blocks of time

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(2009-08-06) Random thoughts

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(2009-08-20) Random musings

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(2009-09-01) Cramming in the days

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(2009-09-10) Getting up to speed

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(2009-09-13) Words for the blind

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(2009-09-14) Followup and written tangents

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(2009-09-16) Four more days

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(2009-09-22) A lovely night of walking

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(2009-09-23) A little bit of writing on the side…

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(2009-10-10) Oile: A humbling thought

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(2009-10-10) Oile: Waking up in all the wrong places

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(2009-10-10) Taking it easy today

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(2009-10-12) Oile: Oh yeah, this guy is good…

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(2009-10-12) Oile: What real lawyers do

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(2009-10-13) And a lovely day to say the least

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(2009-10-14) Oile: My blueprints of the future

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(2009-10-17) An interesting week

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(2009-10-17) Oile: Frustrations

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(2009-10-18) Oile: Okay, this is just wrong…

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(2009-10-23) Oile: Haunting eyes

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(2009-10-23) The sunshine of life

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(2009-10-24) A Cinderella story

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(2011-05-30) #wiscon Day 2 and 3

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(2011-06-11) Hey, a blip in my life

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(2011-06-22) As long as it needs to be

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(2011-07-01) Writing and support systems

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(2011-07-11) Productive weekend

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(2011-07-25) And then I squeed with joy

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(2011-07-30) And the point where money starts to matter

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(2011-08-01) Weekend dealings

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(2011-08-04) The beta copies for FOTS showed up

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(2011-08-08) As usual, a productive weekend

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(2011-08-10) Editing Flight

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(2011-08-15) Weekend in summary

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(2011-08-19) My books are so awesome…

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(2011-08-26) Beta reader feedback (1 of 3)

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(2011-08-30) Programming and writing debt

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(2011-09-01) A decision

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(2011-09-04) unoconv, docbook2odf, and solving a problem

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(2011-09-16) Switching to the writing gear

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(2011-09-17) Many eyes making editing easier

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(2011-09-21) Everything but editing

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(2011-09-27) Hit a wall

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(2011-10-01) Round 2 (aka revision 1.4) is here

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(2011-10-02) Quantity verses quality

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(2011-11-25) Just been twenty days…

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(2012-01-08) And we are getting near the end

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(2012-01-18) Still not programming

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(2012-02-02) And in the writing side

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(2012-02-07) A general set of just getting things done

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(2012-02-21) And things move on…

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(2012-03-19) A commission in a china shop

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(2012-04-01) Make pretty books (and PDFs, Mobi, and ePUBs)

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(2012-04-09) Going down the path I didn't need to

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(2012-04-17) A parental visit

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(2012-04-18) How to say "no"

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(2012-04-23) Letting go

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(2012-04-24) An obsession with data (Git version)

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(2012-04-28) An obsession with data (Subversion edition)

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(2012-04-29) An obsession with data (normalization)

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(2012-05-01) An obsession with data (a.k.a. "writers write")

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(2012-05-04) eBooks for Fun and Profit

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(2012-05-05) Casting Call by D. Moonfire

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(2012-05-07) Casting Call is free for this week

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(2012-05-12) End of the free era… for Casting Call

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(2012-05-13) Killing off characters and the hate mail that follows

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(2012-05-19) Time management

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(2012-05-31) Just about the end of my vacation

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(2012-06-01) Finding sentences that start off the same with Perl

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(2012-06-10) An impersonal rejection

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(2012-06-28) Self-inflicted critiques

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(2012-06-30) Writing paralysis

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(2012-07-15) Series writing and continuity

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(2012-07-31) Crisis of writing

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(2012-08-01) MfGames Writing and build system

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(2012-08-06) Thoughts on submitting to editors

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(2012-08-25) Self-inflicted deadlines

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(2012-08-27) Encouragement

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(2012-08-31) Multiple projects again

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(2012-09-10) Writing so much it hurts

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(2012-10-04) On the cusp of commissions

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(2012-10-05) Fear of submission

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(2012-10-11) A busy little weekend

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(2012-10-12) The night before submissions

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(2012-10-20) Finished a first draft

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(2012-10-24) Being stolen

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(2012-10-25) Introduction to Miwāfu

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(2012-10-27) Casting Call covers and news

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(2012-10-29) Miwāfu glyphs

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(2012-11-02) Paths of least resistance

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(2012-11-04) ICON 37 Followup

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(2012-11-21) Metric dreams

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(2012-11-29) Finding metrics for success

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(2012-12-03) A disconnected weekend

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(2012-12-14) Almost four weeks without a laptop

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(2013-01-08) The end of 2012

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(2013-01-18) Looking for beta readers again

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(2013-02-15) Switching gears on Becoming a Man

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(2013-02-24) And now I have a title

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(2013-03-12) Less than glowing feedback

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(2013-03-20) Creating Unicode charts for fonts

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(2013-04-03) Personal branching model

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(2013-05-15) Devoid of projects

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(2013-05-21) Preparing for WisCon 37

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(2013-05-30) WisCon 37

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(2013-05-31) Writing at WisCon 37

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(2013-06-01) Panels at WisCon 37

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(2013-06-02) A whole lot of ugly

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(2013-07-15) Sand and Blood cover

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(2013-09-04) Holding my breath

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(2013-09-15) Finished the first draft of Sand and Love

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(2013-09-17) Time keeps on passing

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(2013-09-18) World-building and calendars

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(2013-09-21) mansupi tachira ripōchya (solar calendar)

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(2013-09-24) Making a calendar look good

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(2013-11-11) A relaxing weekend

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(2013-11-18) ICON 38

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(2013-12-02) No Author Intrusion for November (and probably December)

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(2013-12-16) In the coming week

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(2013-12-22) Well, that wasn't on the plan

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(2014-01-06) Apparently adults don't make mistakes

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(2014-01-13) Board games and broomsticks

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(2014-01-20) And a lovely Monday to say the least

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(2014-01-27) And now a week of editing

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(2014-01-29) Rejected by Harper Voyager

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(2014-01-31) Beta reading feedback I like

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(2014-02-03) Another week of editing

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(2014-02-10) A rather stressful week and then another

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(2014-02-17) And more editing!

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(2014-02-19) Swears, Epitaphs, and Insults

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(2014-03-03) Been a few weeks

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(2014-03-10) A lot of little things going on

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(2014-03-21) The difficulties of the third book

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(2014-05-09) Always one more thing

So many things to do to get a novel out. A list of things I think I have left.

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(2014-05-16) Choosing between two Sand and Blood covers

I'm down to two different covers, but I can't decide. A request for opinions on the two.

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(2014-05-20) Sand and Blood is finally here!

After three years, Sand and Blood has finally been published.

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(2014-06-09) Fulfilling an Obligation

Twenty-one years ago, I made a promise to myself that I would dedicate my first book to my high school teachers. I finally did that, but now I need to let them know.

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(2014-06-29) Match Book Pricing

On Amazon, if you buy the print version, you can get the ebook version for free.

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(2014-07-03) What is in a name?

One of the barriers of entry of Sand and Blood is the main character's name, Rutejìmo. As much as this hurts my chance of selling the book, there is a reason behind it.

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(2014-07-05) Adding novel quotes

As part of the final steps for Sand and Blood, I've created a number of pages for the quotes that start every chapter.

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(2014-07-15) Smashwords sale and GoodReads giveaway

Announcing Smashwords sale and a GoodReads giveaway for Sand and Blood.

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(2014-08-07) Author Intrusion - Names

One of the complexities of authors is their names. I want to avoid making an assumption of how they are displayed and used. At the same time, I want to reuse the logic to handle character names within the story.

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(2014-08-08) Mailing lists and social networking

I realized that I haven't been obvious everywhere I hang my hat on social networks. Here is a list along with what I post where.

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(2014-08-16) R5-D4 Plots

My philosophy for Fedran stories comes from a single conversation with a friend right before Star Wars I, The Phantom Menace, came out.

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(2014-08-25) Something completely different

For my birthday, my wife gave me a weekend alone. Originally, I planned on coding until the wee hours of the morning but then I decided to work on my novel instead.

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(2014-09-07) Sands

A status update on the Rutejìmo series, including a little bit of humiliation.

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(2014-09-26) Sand and Blood is mostly updated

The latest version of Sand and Blood is now available in all the stories. This includes copy editing and some clarifications, resulting in version 1.1.0.

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(2014-10-05) Reorganizing my Git writing repository

Last night, I completely reorganized my writing repository to get around some limitations of Git.

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(2014-10-14) Scheduling Delays

After a small set of setbacks, it has become obvious that Sand and Ash won't be coming out by the end of the year.

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(2014-10-22) Why I chose the desert

I find my reasons for doing things to be fascinating. And when someone asks why, I usually try to answer it. One of the more recent one was my decision to set Sand and Blood in the desert.

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(2014-11-03) ICON 39 Retrospective

This year I was able to go to two days of ICON 39, one of the two conventions that I was planning on going this year. It was a fun two days of writing and talking.

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(2014-12-01) Journals of Fedran idea

For the last month or so, I had an idea of how to expand on my fantasy world, Fedran, by showing the wide variety of stories that exist in my head.

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(2014-12-05) I'm Not Your Target Audience

As I'm writing these difference pieces for Journals, I realize that I'm going to be hearing a phrase a lot: I'm not your target audience.

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(2014-12-15) Journals of Fedran progress

After a weekend of working on things, I've pretty happy with my progress on the Journals project.

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(2014-12-17) Journals of Fedran covers

One of the hardest parts is coming up with a visual style for something. But, using the inspiration for Journals, I have come up with the covers for the issues and the individual stories.

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(2014-12-28) Journals of Fedran is at a stopping point

After two months of working, Journals of Fedran is finally at a stopping point.

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(2015-01-01) Tarsan Standard Calendar

Partially in response to a Reddit challenge and also for detail work for Journals of Fedran, I needed to come up with the Tarsan Standard Calendar. This is how the calendar came to be.

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(2015-01-05) Rolling up the Weekend

It was a productive week, mainly knocking things off my to do list, working on Journals, and being slightly stressed out.

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(2015-01-06) 2014 Writing Income

I haven't really considered writing as anything more than a hobby until 2012, but I've been tracking my income and expenses since 2002. Here is a breakdown of my writing income.

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(2015-01-19) Forgotten Story - Best of Enemies

Back in 2011, I wrote a humorous fantasy story called Best of Enemies. It had a six month exclusive contract, but I had forgotten it until a few days ago. Since it won't be published anywhere else, here it is.

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(2015-01-26) Meandering This Week

I spent the last few weeks getting things off my to do list so I could focus on Author Intrusion, but it looks like I need another week or so before that happens.

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(2015-02-06) Outposts of Beyond

This Thursday, I got a contributor's copy of Outposts of Beyond. It never gets old to see my name on the cover of anything.

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(2015-02-19) Trysts of Fate - February 2015

Today, I got my contributor's copy for Trysts of Fate where I have a short story inside.

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(2015-02-25) What Is Going On Now?

It's been a few weeks since I last posted. When I work on projects, I have a tendency to go silent because I could either post or I could work on it. But, here is what is going on.

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(2015-03-15) Creating a Fictionary

Over the last week, I've been creating a fictionary for Sand and Blood. Here are my experiences of the process.

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(2015-03-25) Sand and Blood v1.2.0

While creating the fictionary for Sand and Blood, we found a typo in the book. I decided to use that opportunity to switch distributors, add italics, and fix that one little bug.

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(2015-04-12) Writing News

It's been a few weeks since I've written about writing. Since then, I've managed to finish the third draft for Sand and Bone, drafted Raging Alone, and had a friend create an album with my lyrics.

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(2015-05-06) WisCon and Bloodbond

I've gotten the final schedule for WisCon and I have two events. In addition, I got myself on the cover of another magazine, Bloodbond.

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(2015-06-01) Family Trip and WisCon 39

A few weeks ago, I went on my big trip for the year which included four days at the family cabin and four days at WisCon, one of my two conventions of the year.

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(2015-06-22) Changes

Life is about changes, both the little changes that happen from day to day and the big ones. In this case, it is the little changes of how I connect with readers online.

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(2015-07-20) Mechanical Writing

Author Intrusion, though I think it will help my writing, has a risk of getting caught in the objective and mechanical aspects of writing.

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(2015-08-09) Sand and Ash, Creative Commons, and Patreon

Years ago, I almost made my first novel Creative Commons licensed but I didn't have the courage. This time, I'm going to do it.

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(2015-08-19) Sand and Ash 03, Pacifism, and the Chosen One

The third chapter of Sand and Ash is now available. Also some discussions of warrior's sterility, Rutejìmo's pacifism, and Chimípu being the Chosen One.

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(2015-08-21) Tarsan Famlies, Building Cultures, and Naming

While writing a highly ritualized culture that is centered around families, how to name and address them can be one of the most complicated steps.

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(2015-08-26) Sand and Ash 04 and Being Different

The fourth chapter of Sand and Ash is now available. Also some discussions of being an outsider.

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(2015-09-02) Sand and Ash 05 and Being Subtle

The fifth chapter of Sand and Ash introduces some ideas behind the desert culture. They don't tell someone they are doing something wrong, they guide them to the conclusion that needs to be made.

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(2015-09-09) Sand and Ash 06, Faríhyo, and Kiríshi

The sixth chapter of Sand and Ash gives a chance to give some of the women in Rutejìmo's life a bit more screen time.

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(2015-09-16) Sand and Ash 07 and falling in love badly

The seventh chapter of Sand and Ash is when most of the readers realized that Rutejìmo is an idiot or at least blind. And that's a good thing.

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(2015-09-23) Sand and Ash 08 and working too hard

The eighth chapter of Sand and Ash introduces the first new clan for the book. And one of the many warriors in Rutejìmo's life.

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(2015-09-30) Sand and Ash 09 and a hint of what is coming

The ninth chapter of Sand and Ash is all about making decisions, some good and some poor.

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(2015-10-04) Sand and Ash 10 and Tsubàyo

The tenth chapter of Sand and Ash surprised me when I wrote it, mainly because one character was entirely unexpected.

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(2015-10-14) Sand and Ash 11, Sterility

In the desert, warriors dedicate their entire lives to protecting their clan. With their powers comes many disadvantages, including sterility.

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(2015-10-18) Followup for ICON 40

A followup for the last four days of glorious fun at ICON.

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(2015-10-21) Sand and Ash 12, Punishments, Closure

Chapter twelve will be an uncomfortable one for some readers, but one that I think is critical for the story and plot. It is violent and sad, but one that sets Rutejìmo on a path that he needs to travel.

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(2015-10-28) Sand and Ash 13, Mikáryo

Chapter thirteen could best be described as ‘tough love,’ both in what the main character went through but also why.

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(2015-11-04) Sand and Ash 14, Drinking

Abandoned by everyone he knew, Rutejìmo retreated to a bar to lick his wounds and drown himself in a mug of alcohol. But sooner or later, the money would run out and then where would he be?

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(2015-11-11) Sand and Ash 15, Phrases of Affection

I rarely think about what I'm writing. Call it intuitive or just being a pantser. I wasn't thinking when I wrote this chapter, but it ended up being the first time I've used a phrase that would be the hallmark of the rest of the series.

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(2015-11-15) MfGames Culture work, Reviews, and other plans

Among many other things, I've been working on a Javascript version of MfGames Culture and got something to show off.

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(2015-11-18) Sand and Ash 16, Banyosiōu

Banyosiōu, someone who lost their clan. I never planned on having a word for this when I started this novel, but it became a gateway into something far deeper than I could ever imagine.

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(2015-11-25) Sand and Ash 17, Autism, and Making Mistakes

The seventeenth chapter is the point where Rutejìmo realizes the biggest mistake he had made: failing to understand how much Mapábyo loves him.

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(2015-12-02) Sand and Ash 18, Flight of the Scions, and Second-Hand Dresses

Chapter eighteen is a short one, but there were some interesting things happening outside of the novel worth talking about including starting to release Flight of the Scions as a Patreon-only reward.

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(2015-12-09) Sand and Ash 19, Flight of the Scions 1

This week is Sand and Ash 19 and the first chapter of Flight of the Scions, including some reasons of where Flight came from and where I'm going with all of this.

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(2015-12-16) Sand and Ash 20, Flight of the Scions 2, Obsession, and Hope

This week is Sand and Ash 20 and the second chapter of Flight of the Scions both talk about obsession and hope.

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(2015-12-23) Sand and Ash 21, Flight of the Scions 3, Rejection

This week we have two very different stories going on, both of my characters are setting out on their paths.

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(2015-12-30) Sand and Ash 22, Flight of the Scions 4, Hard Lessons, and Garèo

In the fourth chapter of Flight of the Scions, we introduce one of my favorite, screwed-up characters.

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(2016-01-06) Sand and Ash 23, Flight of the Scions 5, Falling in Love, and Dreams

Two big moments for both Sand and Ash as well as Flight of the Scions. Rutejìmo finally declares his love and Kanéko dreams of proving herself to her father.

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(2016-01-10) 2015 Writing Income

Following up with last year's post on writing monies and inspired by Jim C. Hines' own posts, here is an update on the financial side of my career as a writer.

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(2016-01-13) Sand and Ash 24, Flight of the Scions 6, and dog girls

And one of my favorite characters, the absolutely adorable Maris, is finally introduced to the readers.

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(2016-01-20) Sand and Ash 25, Flight of the Scions 7, and love

This week Mapábyo gets Rutejìmo to talk about his love for another woman and Kanéko makes a humiliating mistake while trying to prevent a larger one.

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(2016-01-27) Sand and Ash 26, Flight of the Scions 8, and mistakes

This week Rutejìmo gets a hint of what he is becoming and Kanéko finds herself falling for a boy.

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(2016-02-03) Sand and Ash 27, Flight of the Scions 9, getting caught, and being a fool

Happiness is a hard thing to find, more so for characters in my world. Rutejìmo finds stability while being dead, alternating between working hard hours and spending time with his love. Kanéko, on the other hand, is humiliated in front of everyone including the boy she is falling for.

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(2016-02-10) Sand and Ash 28, Flight of the Scions 10, and depression

A dark chapter for poor Rutejìmo who is dealing poorly with being home but ignored. For Kanéko, a bright chapter as she approaches the Boar Hunt Inn. And a bit of discussion about miscarriage and depression.

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(2016-02-17) Sand and Ash 29, Flight of the Scions 11, suicide, and racism

While Rutejìmo is struggling with guilt as he plans on leaving Mapábyo, Kanéko is being attacked for being nothing more than curious and black.

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(2016-02-24) Sand and Ash 30, Flight of the Scions 12, foreshadowing, and magical healing

In Sand and Ash, I realized that I'm already foreshadowing the third book of the series while Rutejìmo finds unexpected allies while he was dead. In Flight of the Scions, Kanéko meets one of the few healers I plan on ever writing for this world.

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(2016-03-02) Sand and Ash 31, Flight of the Scions 13, living, and dying

Sand and Ash hits the epiphany that I originally never planed, Rutejìmo's purpose in life. In Flight of the Scions, Kanéko realizes that she may have made a mistake.

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(2016-03-09) Sand and Ash 32, Flight of the Scions 14, and doubt

As Sand and Ash comes into the final stretch, we are dealing with a non-typical fantasy ending. At the same time, we are also coming to where Flight of the Scions becomes two separate books.

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(2016-03-16) Sand and Ash 33, Flight of the Scions 14, miscarriages, and abortion

When I originally wrote this and the next chapter for Sand and Ash, I was in the middle of dealing with a miscarriage. There is no question that this part of the story is influenced by my experiences.

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(2016-03-23) Sand and Ash 34

The climax of Sand and Ash but one that comes in a whispered confession to a man who can't speak.

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(2016-03-30) Sand and Ash

Well, this is the end. Yeah, it's a week early, but I decided to post the final two chapters at once. It is a sad moment for me, mainly because there is a lot of me in this novel but I'm also glad that I got a chance to do this.

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(2016-04-06) Sand and Blood 8, Flight of the Scions 13 (again)

I said I was going to take a little break, but I lied. Sand and Blood is starting to be serialized and I reworked Flight of the Scions 13.

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(2016-04-13) Sand and Blood 9, Flight of the Scions 15 (again), five chapters of Sand and Bone, and injuries

I reworked chapter fifteen of Flight of the Scions, made another chapter of Sand and Blood available, opened up five chapters of Sand and Bone to subscribers, and talked about ending chapters.

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(2016-04-20) Sand and Blood 10, Flight of the Scions 16, and gaining powers

Magical talents are one of the underlying aspects of Fedran, but how everyone gains their powers is wildly different.

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(2016-04-27) Sand and Blood 11, Flight of the Scions 17, Sand and Ash status, abusive relationships, telepaths, and economics

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(2016-05-04) Sand and Blood 12, Flight of the Scions 18, speech patterns, and the Industrial Age

One of the difficult parts of writing Flight of the Scions is getting Ruben's speech pattern right. Also a brief discussion of mechanical devices in Fedran.

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(2016-05-11) Sand and Blood 13, Flight of the Scions 19, angels, and types of intelligence

Looking at Flight of the Scions, it's obvious that my main characters are actually rather intelligent.

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(2016-05-18) Sand and Blood 14, Flight of the Scions 20, and being weaker

Not every story has a Big Bad, the evil villain that makes the hero's job miserable. Sometimes the demons are inside the character's head. The chapters this week demonstrate both.

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(2016-05-18) WisCon Schedule

In just over a week, I'll be at WisCon on a few panels, doing a reading, and generally having fun.

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(2016-06-06) WisCon Retrospective

It's been a week since I got back from WisCon, time to talk about it. I should have done it sooner, but I have a few things going on.

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(2016-06-08) Sand and Blood 15, Flight of the Scions 21, and telepathic computers

After a few weeks of taking a break, I'm back to my serials. This week, we have a bit of introspection and a naming of the Big Bad.

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(2016-06-12) Trigger Warnings

I've been thinking about Jim C. Hines' post about trigger warnings for a few months now. In the process of re-releasing two books, I decided to do something about it.

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(2016-06-13) Why I go to WisCon to be uncomfortable

I go to WisCon for a number of reasons, but probably the biggest one is that I go to be uncomfortable.

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(2016-06-15) Sand and Blood 16, Flight of the Scions 22, and differing personalities

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(2016-06-22) Sand and Blood 17, Flight of the Scions 23, magical healing, and power addiction

Just another pair of discussions with both serials. I talk a little bit about magical healing and the addiction of power, not to mention conventions that I'm using with other languages and telepathy.

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(2016-06-29) Sand and Blood 18, Flight of the Scions 24, seeing in the dark, and violence

This week, both chapters have to deal with the same topic: fighting in the dark. This shows my love of the specific troupe but both stories go about it in very different ways.

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(2016-07-06) Sand and Blood 19, Flight of the Scions 25, and recovering from action

This week, both Kanéko and Rutejìmo are dealing with the conquences of their action scenes in the previous chapter.

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(2016-07-13) Sand and Blood 20, Flight of the Scions 26, death, and lessons

A smattering of lessons, both about death and more cheerful things. We are getting to some of the more interesting parts of both novels.

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(2016-07-27) Sand and Blood 21-22, Flight of the Scions 27, powers, and secrets

Both trios find out a bit of their enemies this week along with revealing secrets for everyone. Plus Sand and Ash is out.

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(2016-08-02) Sand and Blood 23, Flight of the Scions 28, and giant telepathic toads

This week, I introduce the villain of our story, a giant telepathic toad that terrorizes Kanéko and her friends. And Rutejìmo shows that he has a backbone.

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(2016-08-10) Sand and Blood 24, Flight of the Scions 29, and teachers

Sometimes, we have a few lessons that need to be taught before all the action starts again. This chapter has a few quite moments.

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(2016-08-16) Sand and Blood 25, Flight of the Scions 30, and character depth

Both serials are at a turning point as we head into the conclusion for both. Also a bit about other books in the Rutejìmo series.

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(2016-08-23) Sand and Blood 26, Flight of the Scions 31, and doubt

This week, both series talk about doubt in different forms: violence and death for Rutejìmo and Kanéko has her questions about her father.

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(2016-08-31) Sand and Blood 27, Flight of the Scions 32, and mistakes

Life is about failure, it is the only way to get ahead. This week's chapter is about iterative failures. Plus news about Sand and Bone.

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(2016-09-06) Sand and Blood 28, Flight of the Scions 33, and social rules

These two chapters focus on social roles and positions between different characters and their relationships.

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(2016-09-13) Sand and Blood 29, Flight of the Scions 34

These two chapters focus on social roles and positions between different characters and their relationships.

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(2016-09-20) Sand and Blood is finished!

After just over seven months of weekly posting, Sand and Blood has now been released as a Creative Common novels.

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(2016-10-04) Sand and Bone 1, Flight of the Scions 35

This week, I start the serialization of Sand and Bone, the third and final book of Rutejìmo's story.

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(2016-10-11) Sand and Bone 2, Flight of the Scions 36

I never realized how hard it is to reintroduce characters on the third book of a series. At the same time, I love writing about mature characters. On the other hand, I also have a chapter about a very immature young woman and her awareness of psychics.

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(2016-10-18) Sand and Bone 3, Flight of the Scions 37, and epic fights

This week, I introduce the plot for Sand and Ash while Kanéko has the epic fight that I original intended to write.

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(2016-10-25) Sand and Bone 4, Flight of the Scions 38, and preparations

In the two chapters this week, we have two forms of preparing going on: one for the final battle and the other for a journey about to start.

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(2016-11-01) Sand and Bone 5, Flight of the Scions 39, splitting novels, and Exalted

I played Exalted for a long time and I knew it wouldn't be long before it showed up in my writing. This week, you can see hints of that.

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(2016-11-09) Sand and Bone 6, Flight of the Scions 40, and connected plots

We are only a single chapter from the climax of Flight of the Scions. I talk about it and how it connects to Sand and Bone.

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(2016-11-26) The last chapters of Flight of the Scions

I've posted the last chapters of Flight of the Scion for my subscribers. After this, I'm making a few changes to subscriptions.

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(2016-11-30) Sand and Bone 7, coming into power, and the powers of the dead

I'm done to only a single weekly serial right now and we pick right up at chapter seven where Rutejìmo learns that all the pain he suffered in the last book comes with an interesting yet terrifying benefit.

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(2016-12-01) pyoke #lexember 1

On the first day of Lexember, I started by journey with the smallest finger.

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(2016-12-02) pideki #lexember 2

On the second day of Lexember, I include a foot in my master plan.

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(2016-12-03) On #lexember 3, I present nupyako for measuring the balance of type elements

On the third day of Lexember, I include a typesetting measurement.

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(2016-12-04) On #lexember 4, I have nefocho or writing on persistent objects

On the fourth day of Lexember, I have a word for the medium of writing.

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(2016-12-05) On #lexember 5, I present nupyakofichu or the art of miniature writing

On the fifth day of Lexember, I have a word for writing tiny letters.

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(2016-12-06) On #lexember 6, I present edamofachya or the art of writing with embroidery

On the sixth day of Lexember, we have a word for writing with embroidery or sewing.

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(2016-12-07) On #lexember 7, I give you binafichu or using writing in architecture

On the seventh day of Lexember, we have a word for writing using buildings and architecture.

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(2016-12-07) Sand and Bone 8, and traditional verses contemporary worship

Chapter eight is a quiet chapter that sets the tone for what will be Rutejìmo inner struggle for the book.

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(2016-12-08) On #lexember 8, I present chyukofecho or legal writing or word puzzles

On the eighth day of Lexember, I give you a word for legal contracts and word puzzles.

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(2016-12-09) On #lexember 9, I present the fine art of the written marriage proposal or hyagofachyo

On the ninth day of Lexember, I give you a word writing a marriage proposal.

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(2016-12-10) On #lexember 10, I present nijijya or the art of writing on temporary places such as sand or water

On the tenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for the art of writing on temporary places such as sand or water.

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(2016-12-11) On #lexember 11, I present mikodojyu or writing of prayers on sand using a finger

On the eleventh day of Lexember, I give you a word for writing of prayers on sand using a finger.

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(2016-12-12) My publications for 2016

As we approach the end of the year, there is a consolidate list of the pieces I've published in 2016.

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(2016-12-12) On #lexember 12, I present mafachichi or the sound of a mechanical printing press operating

On the twelfth day of Lexember, I give you a word for the sound of a mechanical printing press operating.

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(2016-12-13) On #lexember 13, I present wafukiki or a newspaper or poster

On the thirteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for a newspaper or poster.

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(2016-12-14) On #lexember 14, I present kosonomichyu or the details of how words are written or typed

On the fourteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for the details of how words are written or typed.

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(2016-12-14) Sand and Bone 9, a little lesson on Miwāfu, gender in the desert, and speaking for the spirits

A grandfather looking for revenge and a man who cannot stop him.

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(2016-12-15) On #lexember 15, I present pifagiki or advertisement

On the fifteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for advertisement.

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(2016-12-16) On #lexember 16, I present pafagukiki or printed advertisement, such as a poster or in a newspaper

On the sixteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for printed advertisement, such as a poster or in a newspaper.

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(2016-12-17) On #lexember 17, I present chofachi or the northern and eastern style of writing with separate vowels on the same line as the consonants

On the seventeenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for the northern and eastern style of writing with separate vowels on the same line as the consonants.

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(2016-12-18) On #lexember 18, I present bifochyo or the western style of writing with vowels as accents on the consonants.

On the eighteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for the western style of writing with vowels as accents on the consonants..

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(2016-12-19) On #lexember 19, I present konufichya or essays or other factual descriptions

On the nineteenth day of Lexember, I give you a word for essays or other factual descriptions.

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(2016-12-20) On #lexember 20, I present sakofukika or a formalized description of a battle or fight

On the twentieth day of Lexember, I give you a word for a formalized description of a battle or fight.

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(2016-12-21) On #lexember 21, I present paryumichya or written instructions

On the twenty-first day of Lexember, I give you a word for written instructions.

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(2016-12-21) Sand and Bone 10 and hair styles

Rutejìmo returns to Kosobyo City and finds himself in an unfamiliar civilization that only vaguely resembled his own. Also a little bit on hair.

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(2016-12-22) On #lexember 22, I present fakori or a bound book

On the twenty-second day of Lexember, I give you a word for a bound book.

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(2016-12-23) On #lexember 23, I present nigafokura or a children's book or written story

On the twenty-third day of Lexember, I give you a word for a children's book or written story.

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(2016-12-24) On #lexember 24, I present kojinomi kikochyo fakóri, The Book of Ash

On the twenty-fourth day of Lexember, I give you a word for The Book of Ash.

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(2016-12-25) On #lexember 25, I present rogami or a registry or list of items

On the twenty-fifth day of Lexember, I give you a word for a registry or list of items.

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(2016-12-26) On #lexember 26, I present akuregima or a book or registry of taxes owed

On the 26th day of Lexember, I give you a word for a book or registry of taxes owed.

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(2016-12-27) On #lexember 27, I present hagomami or accounting or book of accounts

On the twenty-seventh day of Lexember, I give you a word for accounting or book of accounts.

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(2016-12-28) On #lexember 28, I present wamifi or paper

On the twenty-eighth day of Lexember, I give you a word for paper.

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(2016-12-28) Sand and Bone 11, foreshadowing, third person limited, and big cities

Safely back at the city, Rutejìmo spends a leisurely day exploring the city. At least until Dimóryo finds him again.

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(2016-12-29) On #lexember 29, I present takawumofu or paper cut

On the third to last day of Lexember, I give you a word for paper cut.

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(2016-12-30) On #lexember 30, I present tsudoku or an unread book

On the thirtieth day of Lexember, I give you a word for an unread book.

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(2016-12-31) On #lexember 31, I present nakasabyofino or the joy of finishing a good book

On the last day of Lexember, I give you a word for the joy of finishing a good book.

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(2017-01-03) Sand and Bone 12, HERO system, and pacing

We are now into the second arc of Sand and Bone, where things start to speed up greatly and the bloodbath is going to commence. While I'm setting it up, I talk a little bit about pacing for the book and how I use the HERO System to manage my fantasy.

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(2017-01-10) Sand and Bone 13, Nudity verses sex, Struggling for money

Another chapter of Sand and Bone with the clan making a choice to accept the job or not. In addition, a brief discussion about nudity and sex along with one about struggling for money.

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(2017-01-17) Sand and Bone 14, felony feedback, the Call, and anime fights

This week, we have a lot of violence, destruction, and a really bad idea. I talk a little bit about the mechanics of magic and the Call.

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(2017-01-24) Sand and Bone 15 and speaking for gods

Sometimes the simplest of phrases can be the most powerful. To stop a death, Rutejìmo makes a declaration that ruins my entire purpose of writing the series and becomes a hero.

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(2017-01-31) Sand and Bone 16, R5-D4 plots, and dragons

We've gotten to a lovely chapter where two series intersect blatantly and the reader can get a hint of where I'm going with Flight of the Scions.

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(2017-02-07) Sand and Bone 17, Choice, and Wisdom

Rutejìmo has come up to a point in his life, where he has to choose between his own life or dying for the clan.

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(2017-02-14) Sand and Bone 18 and the noble death

Along with the others, Rutejìmo ends up running for his life. He sees his friends and families for what might be the last time before he sets off on his own perilous journey. Before he goes, however, his brother has one last thing.

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(2017-02-22) Sand and Bone 19, sorrow, and fear of the dark

One of the common themes in the entire series is that Rutejìmo terrified of the dark. But what happens when unknown assassins are looking for him and he is left with the sorrow of losing his brother?

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(2017-02-28) Power Discovery; Empowered; Sand and Bone 20

In this chapter, Rutejìmo has a chance to dole out some wisdom that he has learned over the last few books.

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(2017-03-07) Teleportation; Midnight Flight; Sand and Bone 21

Rutejìmo is put into a situation where he has to choose his duties to the clan or the ones to the desert. Which one will he pick? And will the conquences be deadly?

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(2017-03-15) Editing; Front Matter; Italics; Sand and Bone 22

Sand and Bone is almost ready for publication. Just a few more steps. Oh, and another chapter being released.

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(2017-03-21) Subtle Healing; Progress; and Sand and Bone 23

I finally get to answer why Rutejìmo can take so much damage and still be walking.

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(2017-03-29) Unreliable Narrator; Dragon Spirits; Progress; and Sand and Bone 24

This week, I talk about the limitations of third-person limited as it pertains to the master plot. Also, the problem with dragons coupled with why Damagar didn't destroy Kanéko in Flight of the Scions. Finally, an update on the finalization process of Sand and Bone.

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(2017-04-05) Losing Wars; Rites of Passage; Information Overload; Sand and Bone 25

This week, I write a little bit about the history of Wamifūko, their shattered mountain that used to be a fortress, and their rites of passage. There is also a question about world-building and these weekly posts. Finally, Sand and Bone gets into chapter 25 as Rutejìmo has to escape the city to burn the body of his wife's mother.

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(2017-04-11) Death Marches; Burnout; Publication Status; Sand and Blood v3; Sand and Bone 26

There are moments in life when everything wears you down and you don't think you can move forward. This week, Rutejìmo is experiencing one of those moments as he focuses on burning a body before continuing his journey. I also talk about how the same death march has affected me in my life. Finally, a status update on the Sand and Bone publication process.

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(2017-04-18) Idle Thoughts, Worn Ideas, The Choice, and Sand and Bone 27

I've thought a lot about my master plot, the different threads and stories that weave together into where I'm going. Even thought Sand and Bone is a single point-of-view novel, it is part of a master plot that I hope to see some day. I'm just doing it novel-by-novel instead o scene-by-scene. However, there is a drawback of thinking about stories too much and I'm afraid of burning out the idea before it can be pried out of my skull.

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(2017-04-25) Violence, Mutual Destruction, Midnight Flight, Pacifism, and Sand and Bone 28

Over the last few months, I've brought up the words that Gichyòbi had said about how he was encouraged to save Rutejìmo from violence. This same encouragement was one (but not the only) reason that Mikáryo took pity on him back in Sand and Blood. Well, this chapter is why that aspect of the world came into place, all of those ideas and little bits paved the way for this chapter.

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(2017-05-02) A Warrior's Fate, The Noble Death, and Sand and Bone 29

I've always said that Sand and Bone was inspired by Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven. I love samurai dramas for many reasons, one of them is you don't always know who is going to survive the piece. At the same time, there are very few "cheap" deaths. For a warrior, the noble sacrifice is one of the best ways to die.

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(2017-05-03) Bryan Aiello podcast

This afternoon, I did my first audio interview/conversation about writing. It was with Bryan Aiello and his new podcast.

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(2017-05-13) Anniversary, Website, and Sand and Bone 30

This week has been a lot late, I apologize for that. I decided to redo the Fedran website and try to fix a few things. Fortunately, this week is a very short chapter that bridges two important scenes.

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(2017-05-16) Master Plots, Book Identifiers, Wind's Teeth, and Sand and Bone 31

It's hard to believe that I'm near the end of the book. Only a few more chapters left. I'm betting I can abuse Rutejìmo a little more before the end though, besides there are a few plots (but not all) to finish up.

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(2017-05-17) Second-Hand Dresses 3

So, it's been a long time since I've done anything with Second-Hand Dresses but a number of folks on Wattpad stumbled on it so I was feeling guilty about not updating it. This evening, I did a little organization on the first chapter, split it in a half, and then merged it with the first section of the next chapter.

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(2017-05-23) Giveaways, Patrons, Sorrow Rides a Fast Horse, and Sand and Bone 32

A busy week as I reach the end of Sand and Bone being serialzied on my website. There are giveaway, decisions, and a call for patrons. Not to mention a short chapter of Rutejìmo night time run.

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(2017-05-24) State of writing with Markdown, YAML, and Git 2017

A year ago, at one of my more successful panels at WisCon, I was on a panel with K. Tempest Bradford and Kristine Smith talking about writing processes. I got to see a lot of cool gadgets but I also got a chance to talk about my processes of writing with Markdown, YAML, and Git.

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(2017-05-30) Mikáryo, Datobàpo, Flight of the Scions, Patrons, and Sand and Bone 33

We are rapidly heading over to the end of the novel, only three more chapters including this one. We also get to revisit two characters who were influential in Rutejìmo's life as they get one last chance to give their respects and encouragements.

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(2017-06-06) Closure, R5-D4 Plots, Patreon, and Sand and Bone 34

We are now at the penultimate chapter of the novel. Only one more left before we get to the end. This is also one of the more emotional chapters for me because it puts a capstone on one of the longer threads that ran through the entire trilogy.

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(2017-06-13) Advent Children, The End, Sand and Bone 35, What's Next

After thirty-five weeks, I've finished serializing Sand and Bone. The novel has been completely edited and posted. It is released as Creative Commons BY-NC-SA. On the website, you can download the EPUB, MOBI, and PDF versions of the book. Or you can just read the chapters right on the website.

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(2017-06-20) Romance, Bylines, NSFW Scenes, and Second-Hand Dresses 4

After a few weeks of voting over on Patreon and my forum, the next novel selected is Second-Hand Dresses. This is a much different piece than Sand and Blood and its sequels in that it is a romance and drama piece with little violence and a good and proper Happily Ever After.

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(2017-06-25) Winding down working on Second-Hand Dresses

Well, it's Sunday and time to switch gears on writing projects. I found it easier to treat my overwhelming number of projects as iterations like software development. Work from Monday to Sunday, then decide the next project (which may be the same one). Unfortunately I have some obligations that need to be completed by the end of the month so I have to stop writing Second-Hand Dresses.

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(2017-06-27) High Society, Naming Conventions, and Second-Hand Dresses 5

This week is a short little chapter in Second-Hand Dresses which forces Lily to make a decision about her future. The path she chooses will color the events in the near future and eventually her fate.

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(2017-07-05) Origins, Hasan, Second-Hand Dresses 6, Spoilers, The Choice, and One More

This week introduces our second love interest for the novel, Hasan. Lily's life gets more complicated as the two men who were responsible for her not being chosen for a wife have come back into her life, months before she officially becomes a kudame.

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(2017-07-11) Creative Blocks, High Society Superstitions, Finding Love, and Second-Hand Dresses 7

This week, Kendrick comes back and interrupts Lily. I also write a little bit about creative/writer's block, romance in restrictive societies, and the bad luck of having a failed duel means to a young woman.

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(2017-07-18) Adultery, Boys Will Not Be Boys, and Second-Hand Dresses 8

Since this is a short, steamy little scene between Lily and Hasan, it is a good time to talk about Hasan being a married to Mindil while kissing Lily. I like this scene because it shows that Hasan has poor control over Lily when it comes to his passion and Lily is no less than receptive of them for her own reasons. It is also intimate and personal, something that both crave at this moment.

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(2017-07-25) Maximum Velocity, Using Talents, Times, and Second-Hand Dresses 9

This short chapter is there to show the passage of time because I really dislike montages in writing. Actually, I don't like them much of anywhere. However, I wanted to show that she is moving forward with Nirih's dress, which is a "backbone" of the tension in this novel.

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(2017-08-01) Mindil, Weight in Romance, and Second-Hand Dresses 10

This week, we are introduced to the fourth (and final) person that is going to be in the core of Lily's life for the novel. Mindil is a much different character than the others, both in her original purpose but also how she's grown across the novel.

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(2017-08-07) Changing Gears

Well, my vacation is all over and I had a blast. I was up in northern Wisconsin for two weeks with coming home in time to do an author event at the local mall. I got a lot done, but time to change gears and focus on commissions for a week or three.

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(2017-08-08) Relik da Martin ne Golid, The Unspeakable, and Second-Hand Dresses 11

This week we introduce a potential conflict of the novel and the reason for Kendrick's difficulties. We'll find out later what Relik da Martin ne Golid has over Kendrick. For the time being, just a little gentleman's introduction into the story.

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(2017-08-15) Sex, Endings, and NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 12

This week, I talk a little about my opinions of sex and death as a way of introducing the first chapter that crosses my NSFW threshold.

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(2017-08-23) Stalking, Teasing, Masturbation, and NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 13

This week I talk about Kendrick's stalking, why I like teasing scenes, and briefly only female masturbation in romance novels. I also introduce the chapter where some of Kendrick's secrets come out to reveal a more complicated man.

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(2017-08-29) New Cover, Cover Grammar, and Second-Hand Dresses 14

This week is a short chapter, mostly a little tease about Lily's and Kendrick's relationship. It also heaps up some distractions up on poor Lily, but she manages to actually complete something and give him a little extra to make his life easier.

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(2017-09-05) Ideal Beauties, Standing Alone, Hair Color, and Second-Hand Dresses 15

This week, I talk about world-building the ideals of beauty and creating characters who buck those trends. Plus, poor Lily can't get a break on her overwhelming projects when Mindil comes with a surprise interruption of teasing and sweets.

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(2017-09-12) More on Hair, Eye Colors, Falling Rain, and Second-Hand Dresses 16

Apparently I wanted to talk about the process of world-building, in specific exploring the repercussions of changing hair color in my world to fit with the image I want instead of what I started with. It lets me move to a world that I want now without breaking the world I've already published. Oh, and Lily goes on a walk.

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(2017-09-20) Rain as a Mood, NaNoGenMo, and Second-Hand Dresses 17

This week is a sweet little chapter of Lily and Kendrick meeting together in the middle of a water-soaked road, completely with drawn swords and explosions. It ends well, as most of this novel, but it lets me enjoy my favorite weather: rain.

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(2017-09-25) ICON Events

My "home" convention is ICON, Iowa's longest running Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions. This year, the convention is September 29–October 1, 2017; just a few days away.

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(2017-09-26) NaNoGenMo Prep, ICON, and Second-Hand Dresses 18

A short week for the blog post. Lily gets a chance to get Kendrick while they walk home. Nothing raunchy, just sweet.

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(2017-10-04) NaNoGenMo, ICON, New Laptop, and NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 19

I had some technical difficulties this week, so it is a short posting again. This week, Lily is happily working on her dress when she is interrupted once again. This time, it is from Margiold who is in a fury because her daughter's dress isn't done weeks before it was done. Unreasonable? Probably. However when Lily breaks down, she finds comfort from an unexpected source.

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(2017-10-10) Hair Color, Selling, Children with Parents in Polygamous Relationships, NaNoGenMo, and Second-Hand Dresses 20

This week is a lovely chapter filled with positive things for Lily including increasing the services she can to offer, kissing Mindil, and learning more about herself. At the same time, we find out Mindil has to go away for a few days to retrieve her children; this triggered a brief conversation about children in polygamous relationships.

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(2017-10-17) Gender Roles, Guilt, Archetypes, and NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 21

This week's naughty chapter is about Lily coming home to find Hasan cooking dinner for him. Unexpected, she finds that she wants him even more and her resolve to avoid cheating with Mindil rises up until she is forced to take matters into her own fingers.

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(2017-10-23) Fourth Annual Book Bums

In two weeks on Saturday, November 4, I'll be at the Fourth Annual Book Bums Writing Workshop. This is a one-day workshop at the West Liberty Public Library.

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(2017-10-25) NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 22

Hasan serves Lily a feast that sets the stage for her own struggle with her lusts. It doesn't take too long before her ill-fated attempt to relieve her passions backfire and she finds herself falling into the man she had fallen for.

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(2017-11-01) NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 23

After a night of passion, Lily wakes up to Hasan who is still interesting in going a few rounds. Their intimacy is interrupted by Tabithas, who has a dire summon for Lily at her mother's house.

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(2017-11-08) Second-Hand Dresses 24

While being driven back to Rose Manor, the full impact of the night before strikes Lily. She realizes that she had betrayed Mindil's trust by sleeping with Hasan and the guilt seems to stab her in the loneliness of the carriage.

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(2017-11-15) Second-Hand Dresses 25

At Rose Manor, Lily presents herself to her mother who is furious about Lily not finishing Nirih's dress. Stunned and unable to respond, Lily is berated by her mother who threatens one of the things most precious to Lily if she doesn't complete the dress.

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(2017-11-22) Birth Control and Second-Hand Dresses 26

This week, I have a little rant about birth control and introduce the next chapter of Lily's tale.

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(2017-11-29) NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 27

Encouraged by Tabithas, Lily is ready to face Hasan in her house again. This time, she is sure she will be able to resist his seduction and focus on what is important, keeping her business and her honor by following her mother's threats.

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(2017-12-01) Lexember 1 - hogano

On Lexember 1, I present hogano.

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(2017-12-02) Lexember 2 - chisogura

On Lexember 2, I present chisogura.

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(2017-12-03) Lexember 3 - tsukokimu

On Lexember 3, I present tsukokimu.

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(2017-12-04) Lexember 4 - bidosomi

On Lexember 4, I present bidosomi.

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(2017-12-05) Lexember 5 - gamibita

On Lexember 5, I present gamibita.

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(2017-12-06) Lexember 6 - monika

On Lexember 6, I present monika.

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(2017-12-06) Second-Hand Dresses 28

Frustrated at her lack of progress, Lily creates the design of the dress she feels will work though it would be scandalous for Mindil to wear such an outfit, much less Nirih. However, as she is considering it, she has an unexpected visitor.

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(2017-12-07) Lexember 7 - kafuchi

On Lexember 7, I present kafuchi.

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(2017-12-08) Lexember 8 - pumakyoni

On Lexember 8, I present pumakyoni.

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(2017-12-09) Award-Eligible Works for 2017

As we come up to the end of the year, here is an exhaustive list of things I've written that are eligible for 2017 awards.

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(2017-12-09) Lexember 9 - itochyoku

On Lexember 9, I present itochyoku.

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(2017-12-10) Lexember 10 - afukijomu

On Lexember 10, I present afukijomu.

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(2017-12-11) Lexember 11 - widahogu

On Lexember 11, I present widahogu.

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(2017-12-12) Lexember 12 - datemo

On Lexember 12, I present datemo.

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(2017-12-13) Lexember 13 - ditamafu

On Lexember 13, I present ditamafu.

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(2017-12-13) Emotions, Jealousy, and Second-Hand Dresses 29

Worried about Kendrick, Lily rushed to the port area to rescue him. What she finds is a drunken water mage trying to drown himself with the memory of her hanging over his head.

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(2017-12-14) Lexember 14 - udimo

On Lexember 14, I present udimo.

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(2017-12-15) Lexember 15 - iryoga

On Lexember 15, I present iryoga.

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(2017-12-16) Lexember 16 - uichifogu

On Lexember 16, I present uichifogu.

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(2017-12-17) Lexember 17 - taigona

On Lexember 17, I present taigona.

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(2017-12-18) Lexember 18 - dakyofu

On Lexember 18, I present dakyofu.

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(2017-12-19) Lexember 19 - masotoru

On Lexember 19, I present masotoru.

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(2017-12-20) Lexember 20 - gichyoku

On Lexember 20, I present gichyoku.

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(2017-12-20) Bodice Rippers and NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 30

When Lily wakes up with a torn dress and a man face-down in her lap, there really is only one thing she can do: try not to get too excited and take a shower. Of course, even a simple task like that can be fraught with dangers.

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(2017-12-21) Lexember 21 - semura

On Lexember 21, I present semura.

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(2017-12-22) Lexember 22 - soramifu

On Lexember 22, I present soramifu.

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(2017-12-23) Lexember 23 - netune

On Lexember 23, I present netune.

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(2017-12-24) Lexember 24 - hachifobu

On Lexember 24, I present hachifobu.

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(2017-12-25) Lexember 25 - burukano

On Lexember 25, I present burukano.

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(2017-12-26) Lexember 26 - puruna

On Lexember 26, I present puruna.

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(2017-12-27) Lexember 27 - yagumama

On Lexember 27, I present yagumama.

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(2017-12-28) Lexember 28 - tsukishi

On Lexember 28, I present tsukishi.

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(2017-12-29) Lexember 29 - wamuchiso

On Lexember 29, I present wamuchiso.

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(2017-12-30) Lexember 30 - watefama

On Lexember 30, I present watefama.

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(2017-12-31) Lexember 31 - norikuchyofune

On Lexember 31, I present norikuchyofune.

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(2018-01-11) Second-Hand Dresses 33

Lily's perfect morning started as she finished the embroidery on Nirih's dress. She is finally able to focus and the dress was finally coming into shape. However, everything is put into risk when Mindil shows up.

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(2018-01-12) 2017 Writing Monies

I've summarized both income and expenses over 2017 when it comes to writing and publishing books.

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(2018-01-18) Second-Hand Dresses 34

Lily dreaded having lunch with Mindil and Hasan. As much as she adored both of them, the guilt of her adulterous night with Hasan hung over her like a blade poised at her neck.

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(2018-01-25) NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 35

Working through the tears of her betrayal to her best friend, Lily dreads hearing the door on her store ring out. There were only two people who would show up, both of them ready to ruin her day. It was just a matter of which one would come.

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(2018-02-01) Shorted Posts, Consent, The End is Nigh, and Second-Hand Dresses 36

Embarrassed at being caught making out with Mindil, Lily sits down with her two lovers to talk about their future. To her surprise, both are willing to accept the other and Mindil even promises her husband. There is only one thing Lily has to do….

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(2018-02-08) Mailing Lists

To make it easier to read my chapters and posts, I've hooked up a number of mailing lists to my various websites. This way, you can get the chapters or my blog posts (or announcements if you want them less frequently) directly to your mail box.

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(2018-02-22) Skipped Posts, Nearing the End, and NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 39

Lily has finally finished the dress. It is perfect to everyone except herself. Fortunately for her, her obsession was interrupted by Mindil and Kendrick who are more than willing to distract her.

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(2018-03-01) Marriage Proposals, Second-Hand Dresses 40, and Coming Next

As we are in the final stretch of Second-Hand Dresses. As of today, the novel has been drafted out and the rest of the chapters scheduled.

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(2018-03-08) Underwhelming Projects, Second-Hand Dresses 41, and Coming Next

As we come up to the end, so do the little threads of Lily's life. This week, she finally finished the dress that has been haunting her for weeks. But she isn't alone, she had friends willing to encourage her through the last few steps, like presenting the dress to her mother and Marigold.

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(2018-03-09) Sharing Alex Penland's The Second Quatro

Today, Alex Penland is releasing their second book, The Letter Mage: Second Quatro. This series is a collection of short and long stories following the 14-year-old Aleph as he infiltrates the departments of the Lunar University, encountering love, espionage, and academia.

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(2018-03-15) Crashing, NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 42, and Coming Next

The dress was beautiful and perfect. No one, even the pickiest of people had nothing to say and Lily could finally relax. But how to you relax the day after it happens? Well, two good friends of hers have an idea.

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(2018-03-17) Choose My Fate or What's Next?

At this point, Second-Hand Dresses has been drafted and is now entering the pipeline to get published. This means a couple rounds of editing, then saving up money from patrons to pay for editors and printing, and then actually publishing it.

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(2018-03-22) Life Cycles, Second-Hand Dresses 43, and Coming Next

Even though she is no longer in the High Society circles, Lily still has a chance to go to the party to see how Nirih's dress is presented. Nothing prepares her, however, with what else would happen that night.

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(2018-03-29) The End, NSFW Second-Hand Dresses 44, and Coming Next

Lily's romance is now over. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed the story. This is the first time I've really written a romance and definitely the first time I've ever written anything more than "fade to black".

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(2018-06-17) Flight of the Scions is now beta!

Thanks to the effort of Shannon Ryan, Flight of the Scions is now officially beta. Sadly, I won't be in SPFBO like I hoped.

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(2018-08-13) Semantic Versions and Releases for Publishing

Over the last few weeks, I've been tweaking my publishing process to automate more of the release and generation process.

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(2018-08-21) The Evolution of MfGames Writing

A brief history and reasoning behind MfGames Writing.

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(2018-08-22) First Steps Using MfGames Writing (GitLab, NPM)

The initial steps for setting up a new project for publication.

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(2018-08-23) Adding Content to MfGames Writing

Introduction on how to add different types of content to a MfGames Writing project.

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(2018-08-24) Working with MfGames Writing, CI, and Docker

How to use a continual integration (CI) server to publish projects.

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(2018-08-25) Additional Formats for MfGames Writing

There are a number of different formats that can be used to generate MfGames Writing output, these are the basics.

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(2018-08-26) Theming for MfGames Writing

Branding requires a distinct style for writing. Here is how you customize a theme for MfGames Writing to match.

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(2018-08-27) Integrating Semantic Versioning into MfGames Writing

How to release a novel or story using MfGames Writing.

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(2018-09-18) My Schedule for ICON 43

This year, I'm attending ICON 43 including the Author block on Thursday. I hope to see you there!

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(2018-10-09) ICON 43 Retrospective

After a four day weekend of having fun at ICON, my home convention, it's time to focus on other things. The fleeting moments, though, are always good to write down.

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(2018-10-11) Using RPG Mechanics to Balance Written Characters

One of the two panels I did at ICON 43 this year was Using RPG Mechanics to Balance Written Characters. This panel focused using RPG games to supplement the writing process. Along the way, I got to bounce ideas off the audience and crystallized some of my thoughts.

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(2018-10-15) Introducing Patron-Only Content

As part of my new goals, I'm introducing patron-locked posts. These will contain various subscriber content or previews of upcoming content.

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(2018-10-22) Jogūchya Cards

I'm introducing my designs for a deck of cards set in Fedran.

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(2018-10-29) Jogūchya Card Names

I'm expanding the contents of the cards in preparation to drawing and illustrating them.

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(2018-11-05) Coming up with Jogūchya card names (1 of 2)

I'm working on naming various cards.

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(2018-11-26) Coming up with Jogūchya card names (2 of 2)

I'm finishing the work on naming the various cards.

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(2018-12-01) #Lexember 1 - gupiji

On Lexember 1, 2018, I present "gupiji."

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(2018-12-02) #Lexember 2 - ryakochyani

On Lexember 2, 2018, I present "ryakochyani."

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(2018-12-03) #Lexember 3 - tejoki

On Lexember 3, 2018, I present "tejoki."

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(2018-12-04) #Lexember 4 - tidona

On Lexember 4, 2018, I present "tidona."

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(2018-12-05) #Lexember 5 - ragofuchino

On Lexember 5, 2018, I present "ragofuchino."

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(2018-12-06) #Lexember 6 - rimyo

On Lexember 6, 2018, I present "rimyo."

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(2018-12-07) #Lexember 7 - ryuma

On Lexember 7, 2018, I present "ryuma."

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(2018-12-08) #Lexember 8 - rurafu

On Lexember 8, 2018, I present "rurafu."

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(2018-12-09) #Lexember 9 - dodera

On Lexember 9, 2018, I present "dodera."

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(2018-12-10) #Lexember 10 - hofuma

On Lexember 10, 2018, I present "hofuma."

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(2018-12-11) #Lexember 11 - mobipo

On Lexember 11, 2018, I present "mobipo."

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(2018-12-12) #Lexember 12 - wufabi

On Lexember 12, 2018, I present "wufabi."

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(2018-12-13) #Lexember 13 - danichyo

On Lexember 13, 2018, I present "danichyo."

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(2018-12-14) #Lexember 14 - aeno

On Lexember 14, 2018, I present "aeno."

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(2018-12-15) #Lexember 15 - hanako

On Lexember 15, 2018, I present "hanako."

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(2018-12-16) #Lexember 16 - ogimo

On Lexember 16, 2018, I present "ogimo."

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(2018-12-17) #Lexember 17 - funami

On Lexember 17, 2018, I present "funami."

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(2018-12-18) #Lexember 18 - hiropadu

On Lexember 18, 2018, I present "hiropadu."

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(2018-12-19) #Lexember 19 - rukan

On Lexember 19, 2018, I present "rukan."

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(2018-12-20) #Lexember 20 - faruku

On Lexember 20, 2018, I present "faruku."

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(2018-12-21) #Lexember 21 - pachyun

On Lexember 21, 2018, I present "pachyun."

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(2018-12-22) #Lexember 22 - rimu

On Lexember 22, 2018, I present "rimu."

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(2018-12-23) #Lexember 23 - gatiru

On Lexember 23, 2018, I present "gatiru."

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(2018-12-24) #Lexember 24 - hamani

On Lexember 24, 2018, I present "hamani."

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(2018-12-25) #Lexember 25 - kufo

On Lexember 25, 2018, I present "kufo."

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(2018-12-26) #Lexember 26 - oteza

On Lexember 26, 2018, I present "oteza."

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(2018-12-27) #Lexember 27 - ikugafu

On Lexember 27, 2018, I present "ikugafu."

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(2018-12-28) #Lexember 28 - ogapi

On Lexember 28, 2018, I present "ogapi."

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(2018-12-29) #Lexember 29 - ashyobyupa

On Lexember 29, 2018, I present "ashyobyupa."

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(2018-12-30) #Lexember 30 - zushichya

On Lexember 30, 2018, I present "zushichya."

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(2018-12-31) #Lexember 31 - woi

On Lexember 31, 2018, I present "woi."

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(2019-02-04) Started on Raging Alone

As we are now coming to the end of Flight of the Scions, it's time to work on the next project. The next one is related to my first series, Raging Alone. After spending a week on it, the first chapters are up for patrons.

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(2019-03-31) National Poetry Month

I've decided to participate with National Poetry Month for the first time. In my case, this means I'm going to write a poem a day in April. As with the rest of my writing this decade, these poems are going to be focused on Fedran.

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(2019-04-01) Poem - Waiting for Change

For the first day of the month, I wanted to start with a poem about manifesting powers.

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(2019-04-01) 2018 Writing Monies

My high-level breakdown of 2018 incomes and expenses for writing.

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(2019-04-02) Poem - Bunny Tail

For the second day of National Poetry Month, I wrote a little poem about the sexualization and biases of the dalpre as they integrate into society as "free" people.

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(2019-04-03) Poem - Spin, Drop, Slice

On the third day of National Poetry Month, I have a littlie poem about martial practice.

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(2019-04-04) Poem - Sand Bites Hard Now

On the fourth day of National Poetry Month, I write a little poem with my least favorite pattern: rhyming.

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(2019-04-05) Poem - Leaving My Love

On the fifth day of National Poetry Month, I have a little poem about asexuality.

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(2019-04-06) Poem - I Love Them All

So, to contrast yesterday's poem for National Poetry Month, I have a poem about polyamory.

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(2019-04-07) Poem - A Stranger

For the seventh day of National Poetry Month, I have a little one about [body integrity dysphoria](Body integrity dysphoria) or the feeling like a limb doesn't belong to yourself.

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(2019-04-08) Poem - Inscribing the Rune

On the eighth day of National Poetry Month, I return to one of my favorite topics: crafting.

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(2019-04-09) Poem - Black Skinned Monsters

For the ninth day of National Poetry Month, I wrote a little poem about racism.

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(2019-04-10) Poem - Soft Browns

For the ninth day of National Poetry Month, I wrote a little poem about racism.

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(2019-04-11) Poem - Burnt Hills and Embers

I've organized much of my planned ideas for future novels and stories around three phases related to a world war that marks the passage of Fedran from a world of magic to one of industry and steampunk.

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(2019-04-12) Poem - He Said Yes!

For a little sweetness, I wrote a little poem about a trans girl finding a boyfriend. I figured it was a good unicorn chaser to yesterday's poem but also because there are parts of my world that is accepting of trans and queers.

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(2019-04-13) Poem - Hush Child

On the thirteenth day of National Poetry Month, I have a little lullaby. I like cadence poetry a lot more than rhyming. In this case, you have 2/3/3/3 syllable pattern. It also fits the pattern I sing to my kids when they are feeling sick.

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(2019-04-14) Poem - The Desert Sleeps

On the fourtheenth days of April, I present another poem for National Poetry Month. Today, the poem is about the conflict between Tachìra and Chobìre, the source of most clan's magic. This also ties into the creation myth for the north western part of the desert.

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(2019-04-15) Poem - Damn the Sands

There are three parts to the so-called war between the sun and moon clans: Mifúno. Mifúno is the personification of the desert, kind of a combination of bad luck and death combined into one.

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(2019-04-16) Poem - Drifting Thoughts

On the sixteenth day of April, I present another poem for National Poetry Month. Today we have a little piece about high society and telepathy.

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(2019-04-17) Poem - I Am Shadows

For National Poetry Month, I present another poem for day seventeen: I Am Shadows. This is a little piece about assassins using shadow magic.

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(2019-04-18) Poem - Ageless and Invulnerable

For the eighteenth day of National Poetry Month, I present a little poem about being immortal. Remarkably, I'm not fond of immortals as a theme.

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(2019-04-19) Poem - Unexpected Reduction of Memories

For the nineteenth day of National Poetry Month, I wrote a poem about how telepaths view the world.

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(2019-04-19) Two Hundred Weeks

About four years ago, I started posting weekly chapters. As of this week, I've been doing that for two hundred consecutive weeks.

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(2019-04-20) Poem - Wisps of Clouds

For the twentieth day of National Poetry Month, I have a little poem about flying. There is something about fliers I love, both the joy of losing oneself in the clouds but also the freedom to move.

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(2019-04-21) Poem - The Stone and I Breathe

For the first and twenty day of National Poetry Month, I wrote a poem about attuning oneself to rock.

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(2019-04-22) Poem - Pumps and Gears

For the twenty-second day of National Poetry Month, I have a poem about steam engines.

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(2019-04-23) Poem - Kill Them All

Content Warning for Suicide and Murder For the twenty-third day of National Poetry Month, I have a poem about the horrors of growing up.

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(2019-04-24) Poem - She Speaks For Death

For the twenty-fourth day of National Poetry Month, I have a little spoiler for a novel I'm planning on writing.

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(2019-04-25) Poem - Yes, Sir, I Understand

For the twenty-fifth day of National Poetry Month, I have a little poem about slavery and racism.

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(2019-04-26) Poem - A Child On a Bed So Soft

On the twenty-sixth day of National Poetry Month, I have a little poem about losing a child.

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(2019-04-27) Poem - Fifty-Three Years

On the twenty-seventh day of National Poetry Month, I wrote a poem about my marriage.

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(2019-04-28) Poem - Love Among Girls

For the twenty-eight day of National Poetry Month, the theme is forbidden lesbian lovers.

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(2019-04-29) Poem - A Child is Born

For the twenty-ninth day of National Poetry Month, I wrote about poem about my son's first breath.

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(2019-04-30) Author Intrusion - I've Been Here Before

When it comes to projects that I probably will never finish, Author Intrusion is probably right up there. Most of the time, it is because I keep restarting because I learned significant lessons. This last week was one of those cases.

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(2019-04-30) Poem - Why Not Let it Be?

For the final day of National Poetry Month, I present a poem about the Internet culture and unwanted discouragement.

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(2019-04-30) Poem - My Father's Ring

On the thirthieth day of National Poetry Month, I present a poem about battle and fighting for a cause.

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(2019-05-02) Author Intrusion and Naming Languages

This week I submitted chapters three and four of Raging Alone to the writing group. There were some good points made but one of the ones that the entire table brought up was the names. I figured that I could use the tool I just wrote to find out how bad it was.

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(2019-06-01) Pride Month Challenge

Over the last few months, I've been berating myself about representation of queer characters in my world. Last year, I made a list on Twitter about some of the queers that I've already introduced. Those haven't changed but I realized that I'm had not made any of those characters obvious that they were queer despite the fact they are and have been from the beginning.

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(2019-07-24) Future Plans

An update on near- and long-term plans for my writing and updates on this site. Also status on my Pride Month challenge stories, various novels, and financial plans.

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(2019-09-09) Writing Workshop at ICON

I will be running a writing workshop at ICON 44. If you are interested, check out the post.

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(2019-09-30) Writing Workshop Deadline Extended to October 15

The deadline for submission for the writing workshop at ICON 44 has been extended to October 15.

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(2019-11-01) October Fiction

So, I was gently pinged on my Patreon that I don't do a lot of status updates. I appreciate the reminders, so I'm going to try writing up a monthly post of everything I serialize on my fantasy website.

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(2019-11-06) World-Building - Iterative Development

One of the first questions asked at world-building panels is "how to get started?". Starting is scary when trying to build a world intended to be used for decades as opposed to a (relatively) smaller world for only a short story or two.

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(2019-11-12) ICON 44 Retrospective

Two weeks ago, I went to ICON for four days of fun and a lot of panels. Here are my thoughts and a few observations.

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(2019-11-13) World-Building - Creating Hissian

So, with me writing Looking for The Wrong Thing, I realized I need to start working on the constructed language Hissian, the language spoken by the United Hidanork Tribes in the creatively named country of Hidanork.

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(2019-11-20) World-Building - Magic and Trauma

Last week, I wrote a short story called I Will Hurt You Only Once. This is a story about Gichyòbi telling his young daughter about the rite of passage into adulthood such as Rutejìmo's in Sand and Blood. Both of these are about how trauma affects magic in the world of Fedran.

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(2019-11-27) World-Building - Tent Pole Development

For this week's world-building post, I want to talk about tent poles. In this case, I'm not talking about the ones under a circus tent but ways of exploring the world through fiction and documentation (writing dictionary or encyclopedia entries).

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(2019-12-01) Lexember 1 - Hissan - soli

On Lexember 1, 2019, I present "soli" as "the aggregate of solid mineral formations that makes up bedrock or the earth's crust."

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(2019-12-02) Lexember 2 - Hissan - misa

On Lexember 2, 2019, I present "misa" as "a strong wind."

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(2019-12-03) Lexember 3 - Hissan - kasi

On Lexember 3, 2019, I present "kasi" as "a tract of land."

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(2019-12-04) World-Building - Hidanork Land Magic

The whole idea of the United Hidanork Tribes started with Elizabeth Moon's The Deeds of Paksenarrion. It was the first time I heard of the term taig to refer to the land itself as a distinct being capable of magic and awareness. I'm not sure about the history of the word (and my Google search isn't good enough to verify) but the idea of the taig had stuck with me ever since I read that scene.

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(2019-12-04) Lexember 4 - Hissan - shik

On Lexember 4, 2019, I present "shik" as "a supernatural force that affects the world."

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(2019-12-05) Lexember 5 - Hissan - gsubi

On Lexember 5, 2019, I present "gsubi" as "a marriage between two people."

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(2019-12-06) Lexember 6 - Hissan - gsach

On Lexember 6, 2019, I present "gsach" as "the resonance of magical energies interacting."

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(2019-12-07) Lexember 7 - Hissan - oplin

On Lexember 7, 2019, I present "oplin" as "to change the frequency of magic to match another."

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(2019-12-08) Lexember 8 - Hissan - adysin

On Lexember 8, 2019, I present "adysin" as "to accept the vows of marriage."

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(2019-12-09) Lexember 9 - Hissan - flinork

On Lexember 9, 2019, I present "flinork" as "the violent reaction of disharmonious magical energies."

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(2019-12-10) Lexember 10 - Hissan - boosly

On Lexember 10, 2019, I present "boosly" as "to walk away from a fight to calm down."

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(2019-12-11) Lexember 11 - Hissan - as

On Lexember 11, 2019, I present "as" as "to move air by exhalation, to blow."

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(2019-12-11) World-Building - Telepathy

Magic is a funny beast in Fedran. Using some of the concepts I got from my various religion classes in college, I decided that no one actually knows how magic works. While there are some consistent rules that are evolving as I write, no technique or system that encompasses everything. That goes for psionics also. Psychic powers is just a different form of magic, telepathy included.

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(2019-12-12) Lexember 12 - Hissan - ca

On Lexember 12, 2019, I present "ca" as "to travel by walking."

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(2019-12-13) Lexember 13 - Hissan - toysa

On Lexember 13, 2019, I present "toysa" as "to clean up the land before leaving."

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(2019-12-14) Lexember 14 - Hissan - gyolas

On Lexember 14, 2019, I present "gyolas" as "a tradition or convention that has been obseved for multiple generations."

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(2019-12-15) Lexember 15 - Hissan - ookna

On Lexember 15, 2019, I present "ookna" as "to perform a ritual."

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(2019-12-16) Lexember 16 - Hissan - clitici

On Lexember 16, 2019, I present "clitici" as "to have a family join a tribe."

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(2019-12-17) Lexember 17 - Hissan - aborlas

On Lexember 17, 2019, I present "aborlas" as "to split a family away from a tribe."

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(2019-12-18) Lexember 18 - Hissan - dissago

On Lexember 18, 2019, I present "dissago" as "an argument that splits a tribe apart."

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(2019-12-19) Lexember 19 - Hissan - meraslan

On Lexember 19, 2019, I present "meraslan" as "a tragedy that splits a tribe apart."

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(2019-12-20) Lexember 20 - Hissan - eestor

On Lexember 20, 2019, I present "eestor" as "someone who taps a land's energy without consent."

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(2019-12-21) Lexember 21 - Hissan - pilmsunnad

On Lexember 21, 2019, I present "pilmsunnad" as "to negotiate a land claim."

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(2019-12-22) Lexember 22 - Hissan - ogumma

On Lexember 22, 2019, I present "ogumma" as "to leave a mother's clan."

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(2019-12-23) Lexember 23 - Hissan - gubbaba

On Lexember 23, 2019, I present "gubbaba" as "a moot baby."

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(2019-12-24) Lexember 24 - Hissan - gyusplas

On Lexember 24, 2019, I present "gyusplas" as "to make a claim on a land."

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(2019-12-25) Lexember 25 - Hissan - bloom

On Lexember 25, 2019, I present "bloom" as "a blood or lineage claim."

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(2019-12-26) Lexember 26 - Hissan - lorkku

On Lexember 26, 2019, I present "lorkku" as "lands that border against another country."

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(2019-12-27) Lexember 27 - Hissan - foosga

On Lexember 27, 2019, I present "foosga" as "to tap a land for defensive magic."

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(2019-12-28) Lexember 28 - Hissan - tunas

On Lexember 28, 2019, I present "tunas" as "to tap a land for magic to build things."

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(2019-12-29) Lexember 29 - Hissan - astar

On Lexember 29, 2019, I present "astar" as "to tap the energy of the land for a ritual."

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(2019-12-30) Lexember 30 - Hissan - egys

On Lexember 30, 2019, I present "egys" as "to celebrate families coming together."

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(2019-12-31) Lexember 31 - Hissan - relif

On Lexember 31, 2019, I present "relif" as "to celebrate surviving a difficulty."

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(2020-01-04) Two Months in Writing

A summary of two months of stories, novels, and essays.

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(2020-01-15) World-Building - Sequels, Prequels, and Intermissions

Much of my secondary stories are sequels or prequels but I rarely mix the two for a single character.

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(2020-01-22) Jogūchya - Snap the Tail

A Jogūchya game inspired by "Go Fish" and "Uno" that is easy to understand and play.

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(2020-01-29) World-Building - Tarsan

Tarsan is one of the most significant countries in Fedran, as both the oldest established country at the time of the Mechanical War and its influence on the rest of society.

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(2020-02-04) January in Writing

A summary of a January worth of stories, novels, and essays.

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(2020-03-01) February in Writing

A summary of a February worth of writing.

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(2020-04-01) March in Writing

A summary of a March worth of writing. It was a hard month but I still got three stories in addition to my chapters. And hit a major roadblock

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(2020-05-01) April in Writing

April was not the most productive month when it came to writing, mainly because of a pretty big distraction with my website.

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(2020-06-01) May in Writing

We've reached the beginning of another month, which means it's time for an accountability post. Overall, May was a tight month because of professional requirements but still had some productivity. I felt I got some good stories in but I see some struggle approaching as I head into June.

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