“Story Turns” video, bootleg style

Posted by John Brown on April 1st, 2014

And here is the bootleg recording of “Story Turns”, my second presentation at this year’s LTUE. You can also downlad the PDF of the presenation.

A big thanks goes to Aaron Allred who recorded the audio and Michael Barker who mashed it up with the presentation.

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“Vivid and Clear” video, bootleg style

Posted by John Brown on March 27th, 2014

Michael Barker generously offered his time to mash up the audio and PowerPoint for my LTUE presentation “Vivid and Clear.” He didn’t have tons of tools so ended up playing the audio on his computer, clicking through the presentation as it played, and recording the event with his iPad as a movie. So the result isn’t Hollywood. But it’s not bad for a bootleg (grin).

You can find it in seven-part Vivid and Clear (almost…) series on YouTube. Enjoy! And here’s the PowerPoint.

He’s now working on Story Turns. Stay tuned for more.

BTW, a big thanks goes to Aaron Allred who recorded the audio.

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Curse update: March 15, 2014

Posted by John Brown on March 15th, 2014

CurseV2FinalV1I’ve been diligently moving forward with CURSE.

However, it’s not been in a straight line. While working on the ending last week, I realized that I no longer had the word limit constraints I had with Tor.

Of course, I knew that, but I hadn’t gone back to my previous draft that had been written to meet Tor’s limits and asked: should I put  back in anything that I was forced to cut?

But while writing the ending last week I realized that in the last revision I had removed an awesome sequence that introduces the villain of the tale. I’d done it to save the word count. I’d written another entrance. It was good given the constraints, but it didn’t have the cool wattage that this one did.

Not even close.

I love great character entrances. Could I put it back it?

The answer was a resounding yes!

So this week was spent rewriting that entrance (and now it’s even better than it was) and fitting it into the story (and slid in so smoothly and made it so much better).

Folks, you will now get to see the naked orange-eyed priest of Mungo.


Audio for my presentations

Posted by John Brown on March 14th, 2014

Folks. I have 2 mp3 files. One for Story Turns. One for Vivid & Clear. They are each about 48mb in size. But I don’t have the time to figure out how to make them available to you.

But I know someone out there does have the skillz to mash the slides with the audio in a short period of time and make it available. Maybe create something to upload to YouTube.

So if you have been waiting for this and would like to offer your services, I’d be happy to throw in a free copy of the ebook edition of Bad Penny and Servant for your efforts. It would in no way cover your time, but it’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. And the project will also give you all sorts of glowy goodness inside knowing that you’ve served a whole bunch of writers.

That’s my offer: glowy goodness and ebooks.

If you’re interested, click my picture in the left sidebar and and let me know :)

Ginjer Buchanan on editors and editing

Posted by John Brown on March 7th, 2014

This is a 2012 interview with Ginjer Buchanan, the then managing editor of Ace\Roc, about editing and editors. For anyone who wants insights into what editors at publishing houses do, this is a fabulous interview to watch.

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The Power of Habit

Posted by John Brown on February 26th, 2014

The Power of Habit by Charles DuhiggOne of the best books I read back in 2012 was The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. You can see my review here. It’s now out in paperback, and I have a copy.

More importantly, I have decided that it’s time to change one habit.


Why just one?

Habits have enormous power in our lives. And Duhigg explains that “A huge body of research has shown that small wins have enormous power, an influence disproportionate to the accomplishments of the victories themselves.”

Why is this? Because one small win often precipitates a cascade of other small wins and changes.

It’s time for a series of small wins.

Over the next few weeks I’m going to be re-reading THE POWER OF HABIT and applying the insights.

What am I going to change?

Saying no to all the things I want to do at 9:30 PM and getting my keister into bed. So I can enjoy a full night’s sleep. And all the benefits that flow from that.

Please feel free to join me in a quest for one small change.