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Yes, I Am Still Writing Book Five

  Dearest readers: I have emerged from the singularity called Alorin to discover that six months have passed since I last updated you on the progress of book five (a fact which more than many of you have recently pointed out). I guess it’s time for an update. First, let me assure you that I. . . Read More


How to Avoid Cliches (or The 4 Things You MUST Know Before Starting A Novel)

A reader recently wrote to me and asked, how do you write a novel when every time you start (oh, so many times!) you get a few chapters in and suddenly become deluged with doubts? And how, when you’re so well-read in the genre that you’ve read it all and seen it all a hundred. . . Read More


Exploring Time

Do you ever feel caught out of time?  I had a day recently where I felt I’d skipped out of the time stream followed by the rest of the world.  Like the needle on a record player suddenly dislodged backwards, I wound up running eleven minutes behind everyone else.  I felt constantly as if I. . . Read More