February 2015 archive

Feb 26

Making a Cover

I paid someone to make the cover for Outland, and most of the comments have been good. However, the artist is a “photo manipulation” specialist, rather than a painter, sketch artist, or 3D graphics creator. I don’t think she’d be able to do much with my requirements for Legion. I’ve done some looking around and …

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Feb 24

The Journey From Irate Reader To Nervous Author

I guess I should explain the subtitle of this blog. In May 2014, I bought an e-book on Amazon which was, erm, less than stellar. It was, in fact, the kind of book that gives self-pubs their bad reputation. About 30 pages into it, I realized it wasn’t getting better, and I was not going to …

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Feb 23

Vacation is over

I’m back at work after three weeks off. I had originally booked the three weeks in Feb so that I could snowboard every day. Unfortunately for me, all four local mountains are closed due to lack of snow, and Whistler isn’t exactly doing happy dances. And three hours to Manning or Baker is just a …

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Feb 20

Name change. Sort of.

This is not much of a blog post, I’ll admit. More of a notice. Turns out “Dennis Taylor” is a fairly common name. Who knew? So I’ll be using “Dennis E. Taylor” in the future, and I’m hoping to change the Outland cover at some point as well– although that’s a big PITA to do …

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Feb 18

Changing POV

Point of View is a Big Deal ™ when writing fiction. First person, second person (yeah, that’s a thing), third person; present tense, past tense; Omni, limited; on and on, oy. POV is also one of the harder ideas to get a handle on– the hardest, in my opinion, being “show don’t tell”. POV breaks …

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Feb 13

Fade in…

Hello. My name is Dennis Taylor (thus the name on the blog). I’ve been an inveterate reader for <mumble> years– mostly science fiction, with occasional forays into horror, suspense, and even the occasional detective novel like the Rizzoli and Isles series. So, now I’m an author. Yippee. Oh, and a blog-writer. To be honest, I …

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