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Wayland Relay for Life 2012

Following up on my Relay for Life fundraising appeal… Last year, our team goal was $2,000, and we raised around $4,100. This year, our goal was $3,000, and we raised around $5,100. We beat our total by over a thousand … Continue reading

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Evil Martin at Relay for Life!

Here’s a rare public sighting of Evil Martin! I let him out to play at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. There’s still time to donate!

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DC in 5 days!

All reservations and registrations are in place for the International Space Development Conference!

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Reading for a good cause!

I’ve posted on this before; but since it’s for a good cause, I’m going to post on it again, and also give you an excerpt. The Gruff Variations: Writing for Charity Anthology, Vol. 1 An anthology to benefit the Children’s … Continue reading

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K.D. Wentworth, 1951-2012

I never met her, but she wrote some very kind things about one of my stories. And she wrote many inspiring posts, and she managed the biggest contest in science fiction. We have lost a treasure. Rest in Peace, K.D. … Continue reading

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A Year Ago Today

A year ago today, I had not received a call from Writers of the Future. I didn’t know The Mother Anthony had been selected as a Finalist, and that eventually Joni would tell me that Jerry Pournelle loved it. A … Continue reading

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To understand the purpose of this post and the notations in this diagram, please read the Introduction. While good Characters are all unique in some way, Characters can largely be divided into three groups: protagonists (Characters the reader is expected … Continue reading

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An example of overloading a term

Lunch was $5 a plate, so I filled my plate with a plate of spaghetti. After lunch, I strapped on my plate armor and went to the shipyard, where they were repairing the plates on the hull. In the warehouse, … Continue reading

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Story Elements: An Overview

To understand the purpose of this post and the notations in these diagrams, please read the Introduction. A Story involves 1 or more Characters who face 1 or more Challenges. Each Character has Motivations (minor Characters may have none); and … Continue reading

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A UML Model of Story Structure: An Introduction

This will be the first in an ongoing series of posts in which I use UML to model and explore the structure of a story. This series started with a simple question: What constitutes a science fiction story? There are … Continue reading

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