I’m Ready for Ocean City Comic Con!

My website’s Events page has been updated to reflect that I will be beamed up to Ocean City Comic Con on 8 Dec 2018.
http://www.oceancitycomiccon.com/

Anyone want to volunteer to be a minion since mine is moving away this summer?

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Deuces Wild: Stacking the Deck – a new review!

Ooooh, here I’ve been concentrating on the Sword’s Edge Chronicles and out of the blue someone (thank you, Reviewer! ❤ ) posts a review of the poor, neglected second book of the Deuces Wild series:

“I am a fan of L.S. King and I absolutely love the characters of Tristan, Slap, and Carter. I have read all of the books with these characters and can’t wait to read more of their antics. The characters are well developed and the stories are fun and captivating. I can’t ever put them down.”

If you like raygun-zapping space opera, check out Stacking the Deck!

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Cecil Con Cosplays

I love taking photos of Cosplayers, but many of them didn’t come to the Artists’ Alley, and of those who did, they didn’t all mosey down the aisle where I was. So I asked my minion, since she wanted to go see the Cosplayers, if she would take some photos of them for me. She did, and also showed off in the Jurassic Park jeep. LOL

There was one that passed right by me, and I was so in awe that I didn’t think until it was too late to snap him, and that was Solomon Kane. And my friend Will Hahn (who, by the way, has a great epic fantasy series – check it out!) was geeking about him too since one of his characters is sorta based on him, but I don’t think he got a photo either. 😦

Cecil Con was great, by the way. I had a blast, and I have to say it is a well-run Con. 🙂

And yes, I had folks happy to see my newest book out, but what was funny was that I mostly sold my Deuces Wild books! You just never know. LOL

Without further ado, here are the photos!

 

One of the Classic Blunders

Well, at least book two of the Sword’s Edge Chronicles is out, so you can have your next fix. And it comes recommended!
“Children of the Enaisi has a beautiful high concept with a mysterious past of lost technology and ancient secrets. A fresh new take on Rangers that fans of classic pulp fantasy will love.”
          – Jon Del Arroz @jondelarroz
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Don’t take Jon’s word for it, check it out!
Never fear, it can be read as a stand alone novel. 🙂

(h/t to Deep Magic for the meme)
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Writers Need to Read

I’ve heard it from various writers: they don’t read because they don’t want to copy (consciously or unconsciously) another person’s work. They want all their story ideas to be original. (Let’s not burst their bubble by talking about the belief that all plot ideas can be broken down into limited groups, whether one thinks there are seven, twenty, or thirty-six basic plots, but I digress.)

The one I remember most vividly was a young man who only came to our online writers group once, to regale us with how great his writing was, and how he never read books because he didn’t want to taint his writing. Several of us tried to give reasons why reading was important, but he wasn’t listening, so I just thanked him for his opinion and took the discussion away from the topic.

However, he’s far from the only one that has that notion. And excuse me, but: bollocks!

In any profession, you need to be familiar with the tools of that trade. Not to mention, learn from others in that profession, either through classes, apprenticeship, or other means. So why do some writers think they can learn, and polish, their writing in a vacuum?

Reading opens up the world, not only to ideas (and pardon me if I ask, but if one doesn’t want to read because they might inadvertently steal an idea, do they also not watch movies or TV shows or any other type of storytelling entertainment, like theatre?), but of how to write well (and how to write badly at times). How do you learn a skill properly, not to mention proficiently, if not through exposure to it?

Jon Del Arroz, an author friend, put it like this:

“Your mind draws upon what you read, and the more your read, the more tools you’ll have to be able to create.”

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If you’ve stopped by this blog, then I would assume you love to read, and so I offer my latest book, endorsed by both Jon Del Arroz and P.M. Griffin:

Children of the Enaisi

Minutiae and Being Nibbled to Death

I’ve been thinking lately (yes, I know this is Wrong and Trouble and just generally Not a Good Idea).

I’ve worked with various editors over the years, and of course know lots of authors, some of whom have been in critique groups with me. And frankly, a few of them (not all, just a few) are so anal and set in their ways and opinions that nothing, even a Voice Coming Down from Heaven, could sway their views on what is Proper Writing.

So here’s my question, Dear Readers. How much does Something You Don’t Like affect your ability to enjoy and continue reading a story? If it’s well crafted, can you suppress the fact that the author has not excised every single “that” from it (regardless of how it’s used), or that it includes dialogue tags and attributes instead of just beats, or heaven forbid, there is some telling instead of all showing, or perhaps the author uses the time-honored but now outmoded omniscient third person instead of sticking with the POV of one character in each scene – or even, heaven forbid! – doesn’t use a deep POV? How about finding a typo, or the wrong word used (thinking of at least two revered, award-winning SF writers here that I regard as my heroes), or too many or not enough commas, or the use of ellipses, or the use or lack of use of semicolons? Or [fill in the blank with whatever your pet peeve is]?

I honestly want to know, because at times I feel I am being nibbled to death by…what are those earth creatures called: feathers, long bill, webbed feet, go “quack”? Ah, cats! I am being nibbled to death by cats!

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