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Dec. 22nd, 2020 | 09:28 pm

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

I have lots of fiction at my website.

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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: 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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Researching African-American slavery; or, How I get ideas for historical storiesCollapse )
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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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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 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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What I read in March 2015

Apr. 22nd, 2015 | 03:11 pm

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Subtext stories are being locked

Apr. 22nd, 2015 | 10:42 am

I'm going to be locking (again) the Subtext stories Cold Stars and Revenge so that they're only accessible to AO3 members. If you'd like to keep a copy of the stories (they're available both as online fiction and as free ebooks), now's the time to do so.

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Daily life: Writing breakthroughs, Waterman research, & web addiction progress. It was a good month.

Apr. 22nd, 2015 | 10:30 am

"I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again. I’m a human being before I am a writer; and a writer before I am a blogger, and although it’s been a joy and a privilege to have helped pioneer a genuinely new form of writing, I yearn for other, older forms. I want to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while. I want to have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly blogged. I want to write long essays that can answer more deeply and subtly the many questions that the Dish years have presented to me. I want to write a book.

"I want to spend some real time with my parents, while I still have them, with my husband, who is too often a ‘blog-widow’, my sister and brother, my niece and nephews, and rekindle the friendships that I have simply had to let wither because I’m always tied to the blog. And I want to stay healthy. I’ve had increasing health challenges these past few years. They’re not HIV-related; my doctor tells me they’re simply a result of fifteen years of daily, hourly, always-on-deadline stress. These past few weeks were particularly rough – and finally forced me to get real. . . .

"When I write again, it will be for you, I hope – just in a different form. I need to decompress and get healthy for a while; but I won’t disappear as a writer."

--Andrew Sullivan.

I had some big changes in March in how I write stories, so that's what most of this entry is about.

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Story recommendation (gay Western): "Falls Chance Ranch," by Rolf and Ranger

Mar. 11th, 2015 | 09:55 am

Rolf and Ranger: Falls Chance Ranch. Also available in ebook format (including stories not yet available at their website) at their forum and in the Files section of their Yahoo Group.

I originally thought this online fiction series was a domestic discipline tale. And then I thought this was a series like Maculategiraffe's The Slave Breakers, centered on a loving, hierarchically ordered, highly unconventional surrogate family.

It was the incongruity that was getting to him. People didn't generally have disasters while companionably eating muffins together.

The series Falls Chance Ranch (currently consisting of three completed novels, a work-in-progress novel, and numerous shorter works) is both these things, but in addition to that, it is one of the most powerful psychological studies of a man that I've encountered in fiction.

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