Morning Cuppa – 04/14/13 – Daleks! Story bibles! Ray Bradbury!

The Cuppa had to take a brief respite yesterday in order to play stacks and stacks of old video games. We all have priorities. Anyways, enjoy your Sunday and watch out ahead…

  • A Dalek head has been discovered in a UK pond. Maybe there’s something to this Doctor guy after all… 
  • Janice Hardy talks about how she’s benefitted from using a story bible for her writing. The idea is that you have a separate document that keeps track of all the little details that are so easy to forget. What color were the protagonist’s eyes? What type of car was her mother driving the last time she saw her? Is it a rainy day today? These things can distract you from a story and also lead to a very irritating editing process (as I’m discovering myself, now). Do you keep a story bible?
  • Ray Bradbury’s works are finally being released as ebooks. Not sure how he’d feel about that fact since he was one of the most notable curmudgeons about technology, the internet and ebooks. Late in life, he did relent and allow Fahrenheit 451 to be released in electronic format, but there was never the sense that it was willingly or with much love. Whatever the case, a new generation of readers will now have access to some of the most canonical writing in the genres.

Morning Cuppa – 02/24/13 – RIP Dalek creator! Stoker Awards! Amazon and the death of the Ebook!

Good morning all, quite a few good little pieces to share with you today, hope you have a great finish to your weekend!

  • It’s a rough month for scifi character creators, shortly after Stuart Freeborn passed, Ray Cusick the designer of the original Dalek died. RIP and EXTERMINATE in Elysium.
  • Amazon has made some changes to their affiliate program that may kill off free ebooks in the Kindle store, read my post here for more info.
  • The final ballot for the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards is online now at the Horror Writer’s Association website. Congrats to website friend Jonathan Maberry for his Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel nomination for Flesh & Bone (Simon & Schuster). Good luck!
  • In response to my post yesterday about the value of experimentation, especially when thing aren’t working, Eiki sent me this about Anthony Trollope’s approach to writing. Among other things, he required of himself that he produce 250 words every 15 minutes. In his life he produced 49 books in 35 years. Not too shabby.
    • “Let their work be to them as is his common work to the common laborer. No gigantic efforts will then be necessary. He need tie no wet towels round his brow, nor sit for thirty hours at his desk without moving,—as men have sat, or said that they have sat.”

Are you an author? For the month of February, if you leave a comment on my blog with a link to your book, I will buy it, read it and discuss it.