Novel Spaces – “My Adopted Hometown”

writerAnother month, another 17th day of that month. Funny how that works, right? And with the 17th comes my next at bat over at the Novel Spaces blog!

This time around, all of us are taking turns responding to a theme prompt. In this case, it’s “Where I Live.” So, hey! You get to read about me sweet-talking the city that’s been my home for more than two decades, and some of the cool stuff you could be doing if you were here with me.

Novel Spaces – “My Adopted Hometown”

Oh, and I meant what I said about leaving here hungry. Seriously. That shit’s on you.

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Novel Spaces – “When It’s No Longer Fan Fiction”

writerWell, the 17th almost got away from me, but I managed to hunker down and finish my latest installment for the Novel Spaces blog.

(I’m sure you all were worried, right?)

This month–I take advantage of the recently announced return of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds writing contest to offer up an extended version of an answer I’ve been providing with a bit more frequency this past week or so: “What’s the difference between fan fiction and what you do, Dayton, and when does the former become the latter?”

Yeah, I get that one a lot, and even more so now with the contest in full swing.

Anyway, here’s a somewhat longer answer to that question, at least the way I see it from where I sit in my comfy recliner at stately Ward Manor:

Novel Spaces – “When It’s No Longer Fan Fiction”

Along the way, I touch on some of the options available open to writers looking to break into licensed fiction writing, notably Amazon’s Kindle Worlds platform. Maybe that’s something you might want to give a try? Have a look-see, whydontcha.

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“Ten for Ward” #16 at StarTrek.com: 10 Star Trek Ultimate Holiday Wish List Items

Somebody left their blog door open again.

This time, it’s the kind, gentle people over at StarTrek.com of whom I’m taking unbridled advantage. Once again, I’m all up in their jammy, scribbling various flavors of weirdness all over their website with my usual unchecked fanboy yammering. The result of this little exercise in blabbery is a little something I like to call “Ten for Ward.”

For those of you who haven’t yet experienced this phenomenon, it goes like this: Every once in a while, I’m invited to provide a list of ten favorite (and hopefully interesting) Trek-related whatevers based on…well…whatever I can come up with at the time my editor pushes my button and asks for a new column.

For this latest installment, and given that we’re approaching holiday gift shopping season, I decided to offer up my “Ultimate Holiday Gift Wish List.” Now, I understand that many if not all people will consider most of the items on said list to be some shade of “unobtainable,” but here’s the deal: I don’t need your negativity. Leave me to my geeky fantasies, and I won’t judge you for wanting to go on that dancing show partnered with Taylor Swift or that guy from that show that nobody remembers, all right?

Anyway, here’s my “wish list,” in the purest, most truthful sense of the term:

Ten for Ward #16 – 10 Star Trek Ultimate Holiday Wish List Items

For those wondering, here’s a hint as to what we’re taking about:

dayton-enterprise-modelAs is always the case with these columns, mine is not intended to be a “definitive” list or a rundown of “the best,” and I invite you to offer up your own favorites in the comments section, either here or over at StarTrek.com.

You can also check out all of my “Ten for Ward” columns just by clicking on this logo-ish looking thing right here:

Okay, now it’s your turn: Chime in with your own “Ultimate Star Trek Holiday Wish List.”

Novel Spaces – “The Thrill of A New Book”

writerLooking at the calendar, I see that it’s the 17th again, which means it’s my turn at bat over at the Novel Spaces blog!

(It means a few other things, too. For example, today in 1972 saw the premiere of M*A*S*H on TV. That’s pretty important for pop culture nerds like me. But, that’s a topic for another post.)

This month–which marks my 50th Novel Spaces post, for those keeping score at home–I use as my point of departure yesterday’s arrival of my contributor copies for The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes, to which I provided an essay. I still get jazzed about receiving my copies of a new book. I know all the work that went into making this or that story or essay is real only when I’m holding the finished product in my hands, or I see it on a bookstore shelf. I’ve felt that same tingle every single time, and it never gets old.

Novel Spaces – “The Thrill of A New Book”

Pardon my bit of self-indulgence. We now return you to your lives, already in progress.

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Novel Spaces – “Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Prize”

writerWell, I made it exactly one month into the new schedule over at the Novel Spaces blog before missing my new posting date. For those keeping score at home, it was yesterday.

Derp.

Still, I kinda sorta had a decent reason. You see, I was writing a piece for my August contribution, and then somebody on my Facebook feed posted this picture:

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And that made me do a rethink.

Therefore, my contribution this month has to do with that pang of envy we as writers might feel from time to time, when we see another writer–and maybe it’s even someone we know–announce a project or book deal that gets us to thinking if only for a passing moment, “Hey, that’s not fair.”

Wrong. Wrong thinking. Not cool to go down that road. There are better uses of your time, Writer. Turn that energy toward pushing more words.

Novel Spaces – “Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Prize”

Yep, it happens to all of us, but it’s what happens next that really matters.

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Novel Spaces – “Writing for ‘Exposure?’ We’re Still On That?”

writerWe’ve started a new posting season over at the Novel Spaces blog, and beginning this month, my regular posting date has shifted from the 16th each month to the 17th.

(Hey, it’s still the 17th where *I* live.)

So, what shall we talk about this time around? Why, it’s one of my very favorite writing topics in the history of Ever: writing not for pay, but for the “exposure.” People who know me or who’ve read my previous comments on this subject can probably guess how this is going to go down.

Novel Spaces – “Writing for ‘Exposure?’ We’re Still On That?”

All right, now come on: Just about every writer at any level has stories about this sort of thing. What are yours?

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Novel Spaces – “The Write Space?”

writerHey, what do you know? It’s the 16th again.

You know, already. Didn’t we just do this a month or so ago?

Anyway, if it’s the 16th, that means it’s my turn in the hopper over at the Novel Spaces blog!

This month, I ponder the elusive answer to an oft-asked question: What’s the best place for you to write? Is it the location where you’re most productive, simply somewhere that offers a nice setting for you to collect your thoughts and maybe order them into something cohesive for the page? Are you lucky enough that it’s the same place?

Novel Spaces – “The Write Space?”

So, come on, let’s have it: What’s your favorite place to write? Where are you most productive with your writing? Are they the same place? Does it have to be the cozy, familiar confines of home, do you have an “auxiliary writing spot,” or are you able to tap a bit into the “guerilla writing” mindset and just go for it anywhere and everywhere?

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“Ten for Ward” #15 at StarTrek.com: 10 Favorite Trek Musical Pieces

Hey, we haven’t done this in a while.

The good folk over at StarTrek.com have once again taken leave of their senses and invited me into their realm to scribble all over their virtual walls with my particular flavor of digital babblings. What happens when they let me do that? A little something I like to call “Ten for Ward.”

For those of you who are new to the Fog and need an explanation, here’s the deal: Every so often, I’m invited to provide a list of ten favorite (and hopefully interesting) Trek-related whatevers based on…well…whatever I can come up with whenever my editor pulls my chain and asks for a new column.

For this latest episode, I pondered the music of Star Trek, its impact on the franchise as well as my personal enthusiasm for it and how it is a major aid to my own writing. As I said over there, I could spend days talking on this particular topic, so it was a major challenge to limit myself to a list of ten favorite pieces.

What did I end up with?

Ten for Ward #15 – 10 Favorite Trek Musical Pieces

doomsdayAs is always the case with these columns, mine is not intended to be a “definitive” list or a rundown of “the best,” and I invite you to offer up your own favorites in the comments section, either here or over at StarTrek.com.

You can also check out all of my “Ten for Ward” columns just by clicking on this logo-ish looking thing right here:

Okay, now it’s your turn to hit me with your favorite pieces of Star Trek music?

Novel Spaces – “When Lightning Strikes…You Bottle that Stuff”

writerSo, hey! It’s the 16th, again, which means it’s my turn at bat over at the Novel Spaces blog!

This month, I offer up a “day in the writer’s life” tidbit that happened to me a couple of weeks ago. What happens when you’re not actually writing, but you get one of those “ZOMG! I HAVE TO WRITE THIS DOWN!” moments? Either it’s an idea for a new story, or it’s the solution to the story problem that’s been bugging you for days. These sort of epiphanies usually happen to me at the most inopportune moments. Case in point….

Novel Spaces – “When Lightning Strikes…You Bottle that Stuff”

So, what about you? Where does this “lightning” tend to strike, and how do you respond?

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Novel Spaces – “That ’10 Things People Say to Writers’ List Thing”

writerWow. It’s the 16th, again. No matter what I do, it just keeps coming around, month after month.

Hmph.

Well, since it’s indeed the 16th, that means it’s my turn at the mic over at the Novel Spaces blog!

This time around, I (try to) have a bit of fun with that writerly-focused meme you may or may not have seen floating around on the intrawebz, “10 Things People Say to Creative Writers (but probably shouldn’t).” Yes, the list is as adorable as it sounds.

Anyway….

Just for goofs, I decided to take the list of ten queries, and supply my own answers. Fun for the whole family!

Novel Spaces – “That ’10 Things People Say to Writers’ List Thing”

Okay, writers of every sort: What questions to you field on a regular or even frequent basis that make you cringe?

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