HBO Greenlights “A Game of Thrones”

A couple of days ago, HBO finally made the announcement that fantasy enthusiasts have been waiting for, greenlighting an entire first season of George R. R. Martin’s wildly successful A Game of Thrones. Apparently, the order is for nine episodes in addition to the already completed pilot. Production is slated to begin in June this year, …

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One of the most frequent questions any fantasy author hears is, “How do you pronounce the names in your book?” Often, I think folks make it harder than it is. But, let’s face it, when even the word “dove” can be read two different ways, I can see where something like “Asahiel” or “Ceilhigh” might throw …

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Happy New Year 2010

Goodbye 2009. Or good riddance, as most seem to be saying. Whatever your thoughts on the past year, my wishes go out for a healthy, peaceful, and prosperous 2010. I mean, my God, is it 2010 already? Life just keeps moving faster and faster. Can’t stop it, so might as well find reason enjoy it. …

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Happy Festivus

We shall begin, of course, with the Airing of Grievances, in which everyone shall tell me all the ways in which I’ve disappointed them over the past year. And afterward, the Feats of Strength…. Whatever your persuasion, happy holidays, everyone!


Anyone else go see this yet? What did you think? I watched it last night for the second time. Overall, pretty amazing. Part Jurassic Park, part Star Wars, part Lord of the Rings. Couldn’t help but wonder what a guy like Cameron would do at the helm of a Shannara film…. That’s not to say I’d  consider it one of …

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An Evolution of Titles

Earlier this week, Shawn Speakman of invited a bunch of authors to talk about what role their publishers may have had in altering the titles to their books. (For the full article, click here.) My contribution to the discussion was as follows….  I had always assumed that, in the event of a publishing contract, whatever title …

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Tap, tap. Hello? Does this thing still work? Let me just clear off these cobwebs… Ah, there, that’s better. Now, where was I? Frightfully sorry for the prolonged radio silence. Anyone who knows me is already used to this. Anyone just tuning in, well, you’ll get used to it. I tend to drop off the …

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Beefcake. BEEFCAKE!

Anyone out there watch South Park? One of the things I’ve been doing lately in order to avoid doing any real work (or blogging, for that matter) is visiting local schools and talking about how I “became” a writer. The idea, of course, is to help educate any aspiring authors out there, as well as offer up examples …

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Interview – (Part 2)

The second part of my interview with Rochester Writing Examiner Jenni Holbrook went up today. This one focuses on screenwriting. As before, you can visit the overview page, or just click here to go straight to the interview at