Quotes

Writer’s Bootcamp #2: How To Construct A Plot, or A.B.A.I.

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Do you see that up there? I want you to commit that to mind RIGHT NOW. Do whatever you need to do to remember it, I don’t give a shit. Memorize, write it down, tattoo it on your body, whatever it takes. (more…)

Final Notable Quotable of 2013: Study Greatness

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“Study! Do your homework! I used to always tell you, do your homework. Get footage! How the fuck are you going to know how to be great if you don’t study GREATNESS?!” ~Tracy Morgan, 2012

Well, here we are. Closing out a third year of writing and telling narrative. This year was a very, er… MIXED year. I won’t really get into that, but I think it was successful in some choice aspects. The first book of The Twisted World came out, and we’re well on our way into the next book with hopes that it will also be out this summer. (more…)

15 Things Every Aspiring Author Needs To Hear

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This is the School of Authorial Hard Knocks 101 and I’ll be your instructor, Mr. Campbell. We don’t have a sliding scale here, this course is pass or fail. Decide now.

Yep. I said them all, and you can quote me on them. If you need a reminder, print this out and tape it up in your work area (as a bonus, these all fit under 140 characters, so you can tweet the life out of them with ease).

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Notable Quotable: You Acquiesce To Defeat

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It’s the wood that should fear your hand, not the other way around. No wonder you can’t do it, you acquiesce to defeat before you even begin.

~Chia Hui (Gordon) Liu, Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)

There’s a lot of stuff out there that’s scary to do, and obviously writing is one of them. So many times I hear people say, “I can’t” or they’ll make up dozens upon dozens of excuses to not do what they were supposed to do, MEANT to do. And the sad thing is, they don’t have enough respect for themselves to even TRY.  (more…)

Put Up Or Shut Up

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I’m the best basketball player there ever was, I’m sure of it. Even though I won’t practice, won’t dress out for games, and won’t study game tapes. Oh, and I don’t actually play. Don’t worry though, I’m totally the best. Just you wait world, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Hey folks, it’s been a while. Been finishing up with The Dusk Harbinger, started a brand new video game review site with a whole gamut of talented first time writers, and have been hustling every day. But that’s not what I wanted to talk to you about.

I wanted to talk to you about cowardice of many writers, and why you need to knock that shit off. I’m going to give you some sternly and profanely worded truths. And if you can’t handle it, then you seriously need to ask yourself if you truly want to write, and want to be successful at it. Hold onto your butts, and if you think you’re brave enough to go on… then do so. (more…)

Interpretation

The interesting thing about this image is that many people believe that it spins to the left. Others are adamant that it spins to the right. The truth of the matter is, the image in fact spins both directions. There is not enough information presented to determine beyond a shadow of a doubt that the woman depicted is spinning in one direction. If you simply relax your eyes and imagine that she is spinning in the opposite direction of what you are currently interpreting it, she WILL spin in that direction.

Reader Ted G. wrote in to Danika and I, with an interesting point of view about Rabbit in the Road that I wanted to share with you folks. Ted writes:

“We all agreed that most people read it as Bevie being the victim, only changing at the end of the book. This was the big surprise ending for all of us. It seemed that in that final confrontation, Bevie simply had had enough of her life being upturned all the time and saw a way out.

But, we all agreed that it can be read with Bevie in the roll of villianess from almost the very beginning. It could be argued that it was she using/manipulating Ray. Also her continual callous treatment of her boyfriends is evidence of a less than stellar moral fortitude. She manipulates these men to get what she needs, then abandons them all at the drop of a hat.” (more…)

An Open Letter to the Reader That Hated Rabbit in the Road As Much As The Lord of the Flies

You hated my book? THANK YOU!

Dear Annette M.  from San Francisco,

Thank you for taking the time to read my book on Amazon, Rabbit in the Road

I noticed that after you finished reading my book, you left a one-star review that said the following:

“Haven’t hated a book so much since 30 years ago in high school when they made us read “Lord of the Flies”. Terrible book, bad plot, not logical, and I didn’t care about any of the characters. Blach!”

And after that, when another reader raised questions about your review, you said the following:

“So, if I understand you, my overwhelming feeling after finishing the book to punch the authors, needs more explanation? Because it was a terrible book!”

I’m sorry that you did not enjoy your experience with Rabbit in the Road. Not every product can please every customer, and for that I apologize. I noticed that you said you wished that you could get your time back. It pains me to tell you that unfortunately, I do not believe that Amazon provides refunds on time lost.

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2nd Time Around the Block: Test Reading The Dusk Harbinger

I was test reading books before it was cool. And before internet.

We’re back again. So what have we been up to during our strange absence?

Well, it’s simple. We’ve started test reading again for the next book, The Dusk Harbinger. Only 6 months after Rabbit in the Road came out? THAT’S CRAZY TALK, you might say.

Surprise, I’m a little crazy.

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Coach

You didn't come into this life just to sit around on a dugout bench, did ya? Now get your ass out there and do the best you can.

When it comes to performance, there’s nothing like a coach. Wikipedia currently lists twenty-one different types of coaches, and that’s not breaking down any particular sports. That’s an enormous number. Some of the types I’ve never even heard of… some of them are coaching things I can’t imagine a need for. But that’s not really how coaching works. Coaching is all about movement.

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Between Him and Her Fireside Chat #1

So last week, we queried folks to send us questions for our regular writing discussions, under the pretense that we’d record it and share these dialogues with the lot of you. People actually showed up and delivered, so we did too!

The discussion clocks in at just a little over an hour and a half and it’s a good time. You should listen to us. Warning: The content is not safe for work, because we both cuss like drunken sailors in our regular dialogue. We talk a little bit about everything, from Star Trek to The Time Machine to The Lord of the Rings, to working with test readers and working on The Dusk Harbinger, to things we love to things we hate, and we say some funny shit every now and again.

Alternatively, You can download it HERE through mediafire! It’s an 88mb mp3, so I hope you have some space!

~Oliver