Monthly Archives: October 2013

THIS is what Viable Paradise did for me: Or, how Steven Brust saved my novel

So I’ve been working on this damned book for a while.  And while I had the basics of a good story, there were issues.  Even before I went to Viable Paradise, I knew the story had a glaring plot hole. … Continue reading

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And now, a VP Visual

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Things said during Viable Paradise

During the Viable Paradise seminars, a  lot of pretty funny or profound things are said.  I won’t be giving context here.  I’m sorry, but this post is primarily for my fellow VP17 students, and we already know the context.  I … Continue reading

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Viable Paradise: Final Thoughts

When I teach 9th grade, one of my units deals with the idea of the Heroic Journey.  Most of my readers know of this pattern, but for those who don’t, here’s the nutshell: the hero must go to a place … Continue reading

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Viable Paradise, Days 6 and 7: Teary Farewells

Friday morning began with a lecture on the State of the SF/F Publishing Industry.  It was pretty interesting, and covered the period from roughly after WWII to the present day, touching on a lot of the big changes in the … Continue reading

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Viable Paradise: Day 5, The Horror that is Thursday

First up was a collegium with Teresa and Patrick on How Publishing Works.  Quite interesting, and full of information sure to help as we all begin to navigate the publishing world and get our own work out there.  Again, I’m … Continue reading

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Viable Paradise: Day 4, Wednesday – The Critique and the Doom

On Wednesday, Scott Lynch led a collegium on non-expository description and the conscious use of symbolism.  This was as eye-opening as the earlier lectures, and gave me some great ideas. Then came my critique.  The instructors in the room were … Continue reading

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