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Quantum Physics for Writers

atomQuantum Physics is not your typical hobby. It's certainly not mine. But as a lifelong learner and writer, I jumped at a recent chance to attend three days of quantum wonderfulness at the Joint Quantum Institute, housed at the University of Maryland. Bosons, fermions, and anyons, oh my!

Our workshop, the Schrodinger Sessions, was organized by Chad Orzel, author of How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog and holder of a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics. He and his colleagues, Emily Edwards and Steve Rolston, brought seventeen writers to campus on the last weekend in July and treated us to lectures, lab tours, and experiments. ... [Read More]

Never Say Never Again

I never wanted to self-publish. Never... because I am a slow writer and thought I had my hands full just doing the writing, editing, revisions etc. etc.  And maybe because I was accustomed to saying I was published and having my ego flattered when someone asked, "Are you published?"

 But a while back I happened to run into a very persuasive writer pal, a Ninc member, who told me what she was making self-publishing her books and how much she was enjoying having control, and suddenly, thinking if she can do it, so can I, I decided to try indie-publishing. ... [Read More]
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Squirrels and the Romance Writer

Mating squirrels and the romance writer

Imagine my surprise when I awoke yesterday morning to scurrying overhead. Something was in the attic, something that sounded like squirrels dancing. (Little did I know…) My dog Hattie began to bark at about 8:00 a.m. and at 10 o’clock I finally called a pest control agency. They’d send out a wildlife expert, they said. A bit later, an extremely personable young man came to the door. “It’s probably squirrels. Let me take a look outside.” Sure enough, he walked around the house and when he returned said, “I saw several gray squirrels on the tree closest to your house jumping onto your roof, found two holes in the roof soffits and saw a couple go inside! ... [Read More]

Things I didn't Know

What’s your favorite romance trope?

This question was in an interview I did recently and my first reaction was, trope? What's a trope? I had never heard the word before. Nev-er! I consider myself to be someone with a fairly large vocabulary but this was a new one. So I did what my father trained me to do: I looked it up in the dictionary. The first explanation I found, "a figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression," left me even more confused. The second was a little better: "a significant or recurrent theme; a motif." I know what a theme is, so I'm getting there. ... [Read More]

Where Will You Be September 30 - October 4, 2015?

If your answer is “At the Ninc World Conference, of course!” or “I’m still thinking about it,” here’s a partial lineup of some people who will be there, along with (as of February 14) well over 200 of your fellow NINC members:
Porter Anderson
Porter Anderson , BA, MA, MFA: You may remember Porter from our 2014 conference, and his brilliant handling of our First Word Day. We are delighted to be a Porter Anderson Media Partner.

Richard NashRichard Nash : Richard Nash’s presence at Novelists Inc.’s conference is important because he’s not only a major observer and commentator, but also compassionate, funny, and the kind of guy you realize immediately is smart because he’s been there. ... [Read More]
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In Praise of the Novella

In Praise of the Novella

     In the frantic pace of today’s publishing world—particularly indie fiction—writers are expected to put out frequent work to satisfy the cravings of their fans.  If you’re driving yourself crazy trying to publish three to five novels a year, you can probably write one—sandwiched between a couple of novellas.
   The form is generally considered to be about eighteen to twenty-five thousand words in length, although some people say it’s anything up to forty thousand words.  But in my mind, writing a long novella defeats the purpose of the format. Instead, think of a story you can write short. ... [Read More]


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