Monthly Archives: July 2012

Getting Away: Disabled Writing

One of the reasons I got into writing in the first place was to get away.  First it was because of a terrible childhood, then later it was illness and all the horrors that come with it.  Fantasy worlds, science … Continue reading

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Carrying and Passing Torches

In honor of the Olympics which is starting in a few days, I thought I’d do a little exploration of sports in science fiction and fantasy.  This is something I like, myself, and have found from trying it just how … Continue reading

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how to have sympathetic “monsters” and “bad guys”

Goblins, harpies, trolls, orcs, giants, dragons, ogres, ghouls… they generally fall under the “monster” or “bad guy” category in fiction.  Trolls in fairy tales hide under bridges and eat people. Ogres are gross and well, yeah they eat people too.  … Continue reading

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The Dystopian Fantastical Program And You

I’m currently learning Python script, for the purpose of someday making one of my worlds into a possible game.  It’s gotten me thinking about the differences and the similarities between programming and story/book writing.  This, as my mind makes connections … Continue reading

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My Name Is JA Howe, And I’m A Draconaholic…

It’s true.  I am absolutely obsessed with dragons.  Out of all the worlds I’ve created thus far, very few of them have no dragons or anything like dragons.  I bawled my head off when Anne McCaffrey died a couple months … Continue reading

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An Infinite Number of Possibilities

I get asked a lot about where I get ideas; I think other than “where can I get your book?” that has to be the second-most common question people have for writers.  My own answer is, “anywhere and everywhere.” I … Continue reading

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For the Story Writers

I’ve discovered recently that I’m in the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (http://www.isfdb.org) Listed as an “author”… ee, I’m an “author”, alongside the great Greg Bear!  as my husband said when he came home, “see, now somebody else — other than me … Continue reading

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