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Imprisonment. Slavery. War. Love. Suspenseful historical fantasy: duskpeterson.com

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Progress meters courtesy of Rikki A. Hyperion.


127010 / 300000 (42.34%)

Manuscripts submitted to magazines and anthologies

11 / 12 (91.67%)

New works published

0 / 12 (0.00%)

New collections of previously published stories

0 / 3 (0.00%)

Reissues (only if I have the time!)

2 / 12 (16.67%)

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Daily life: Waterman series order, character ages, subgenre labels, Cecil County MD, & decluttering

Nov. 3rd, 2015 | 03:58 am

"Day after day, do your work as if you were in business. Handle the customers that come in with dispatch and courtesy. Then think up some work for yourself to do. And do it.

"The [works] you write are your inventory. . . . Back in my fledgling days, I compared myself to a man who had opened a new five-and-ten-cent store. I thought of what he must keep in mind, as he put his inventory on the shelf and waited for customers. No matter how few customers came in to buy, at first, each one was a prospect, each one could buy something, if the commodity was right, if the price was right, and if the need was right. . . .

"Every time I was disappointed [by sales], I thought of the young fellow who opened the five-and-dime store, and how disappointed he must have been whenever people walked through, looked over his inventory, and then ambled on, not even trying to shoplift any of it! . . .

"Fortunately, worrying about theft of material is not a frequent part of the writer's management task. The important, and essential, part of his management job is to keep himself writing."

--Larston D. Farrar: How to Make $18,000 a Year Free-lance Writing (1957).

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A visit to North East, Maryland, in Cecil CountyCollapse )
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Story recommendation (gay adventure): "Silver Bullet - Everest," by Rolf and Ranger

Oct. 14th, 2015 | 04:00 pm

Rolf and Ranger: Silver Bullet - Everest (Falls Chance Ranch series; gay adventure; online fiction; also available in ebook formats through their forum, which anyone may join).

The novel tells of a long-time adventurer's quest to climb Mount Everest alongside his life partner. Amidst the dangers and joys of the journey, the protagonist realizes that he must come to terms with his inner demons.

A cracking good adventure and amazingly moving novel, due to the concrete details, slowly growing suspense, and careful pacing of the character development alongside the thrills of the climb. That Silver Bullet - Everest is a parallel novel to the breathtaking Silver Bullet - Ranch novel (the Ranch novel is first chronologically, if you want to read them in order) is icing on a very tasty cake.

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A challenge for any vidders here

Oct. 14th, 2015 | 03:54 pm

I must confess that, whenever I've thought of music in connection with any of my stories, it's always been classical music (which is why the booktrailers for my stories have nearly always featured classical music).

But when I chanced upon this song, I dearly wished I could have turned it into a vid for my fic.

So here's a challenge to any fanvidders here: If you appreciate the appropriateness of the song as much as I do, and you'd like to give me and my readers a gift, please turn this song into a fanvid. I think the song would be spot on for the main pairing of Waterman, but if you ship differently, it would also work for the main pairing of The Eternal Dungeon or even Life Prison.

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Daily life: Series bible, trivets, ebook covers, decluttering books, & a book recommendation

Oct. 14th, 2015 | 03:45 pm

"So, yeah, I'm thinking fanfic is a younger person's game - it's for people who can scan their Twitter, scroll through their Tumblr, bash out a Facebook status without looking, take a quick gander at their RSS feed, do an LJ update crossposted to their Dreamjournal, edit a fanvid and watch the next ep/installment of fill-in-the-blank before it airs anywhere, while doing whatever they do for a living and having a life. All at the same time."


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Covers and props; or, The Trouble with TrivetsCollapse )
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A book that passed my test for "Gosh, I Must Buy This *Now*"Collapse )

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Daily life: Ebook publishing, online fiction posting, antique shops, book decluttering, & story recs

Sep. 1st, 2015 | 10:31 pm

"The thing about reading fanfic (and original slash fic) is that you get used to that particular writing/reading culture after a while. You get used to the frank discussions of sexuality and kink, the close attention to diversity and social justice issues in the text, the unrestrained creativity when it comes to plot. The most amazing, creative, engaging stories I've ever read have almost all been fanfiction, and I think part of that is because there’s no limitations placed on the authors. They’re writing purely out of joy and love for the world and its characters, with no concerns about selling the finished product. The only limit is their imagination.

"Next to that, most mainstream fiction starts tasting like Wonder Bread, you know?"

--Cordelia Kingsbridge.

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Daily life: Sorting, researching stories, and a chronology for the Toughs stories

Aug. 19th, 2015 | 07:25 pm

"This morning four boxes containing not quite all of my worldly possessions arrived at my doorstep. Less than two months via cargo ship is not too bad. The funny thing is that I'd almost forgotten what was in them. There were some things that I was very happy to see (my Icelandic novels, a sweatshirt, a pair of light pyjama bottoms, the tin containing my spare buttons) and other things that only made me think 'huh, why did I ship that across the Atlantic?' There's a strong argument for donating anything that you're not thrilled to see after two months living out of a suitcase."


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Chronological order of the Toughs stories (slightly corrected), along with some dates of birth for my charactersCollapse )

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Daily life: Wow, busy. Eternal Dungeon, submissions, web addiction, trips, introversion, & clutter.

Jul. 3rd, 2015 | 10:06 pm

"She will still talk to people, but it will be in a withdrawn way."

--A priest discussing a new Scottish hermit, as quoted by The Press and Journal.

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Writing in the fresh outdoors, research trips, and a rant about heavy furniture)Collapse )
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Getting a handle on my introversionCollapse )
The inauspicious anniversary of my web addictionCollapse )


As some of you will have noticed, I've been a little backed up in responding to comments to this blog. Unfortunately, I lost all my e-mails prior to April 2014 (yes, that's how backed up I am), but here's my replies to the rest. I hope I didn't miss anyone - if I did, let me know.

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Reply to Dianna Kay on my e-books and the m/m readershipCollapse )
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Reply to Angie Fiedler Sutton on Scribe MozellCollapse )

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Daily life: Website layout, e-book covers, and hoarding

Jun. 3rd, 2015 | 01:51 pm

"Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion."

--The Talmud

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Learning how to write short stories; wordage; Camp NaNoWriMo; story outlines

May. 12th, 2015 | 10:06 pm

"I write traditional fantasy, which means that I gravitate toward the noble, if flawed, hero. That doesn't mean that I don't like a little grit in my stories; quite the opposite in fact. It's just that if I have characters who are called to make sacrifices, I want to to believe there is something in the world that makes the sacrifice worthwhile, whether that be love or honor or the promise of an afterlife. I'm afraid that is often perceived as naiveté, especially considering the fantasy market's lean toward darker, sometimes nihilistic, themes over the last decade or two.

"Yet, I think even the most cynical among us will admit they look for the meaning in tragedy. When someone dies violently or at a young age, we want to believe that something good can come from the sorrow. We set up scholarship funds in the victim's name. We raise money for charity. We do things that in some way fill the hole in the world left by that loss.

"Similarly, I want to believe that the characters' suffering is for more than just their own vain ambitions or merely to illustrate a grim worldview. I want something that reminds me that deep down, no matter how bad things get, there is a purpose and a meaning to life. Fantasy is an excellent vehicle for showing the resilience of the spirit and the power of selfless love."

--Carla Laureano, as interviewed by Eileen Putnam in the May 2015 issue of Romance Writers Report.

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