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Martha Wells

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Not having a very good week so far, just in general. The third Raksura novella is almost done. It'll be somewhere between 22,000-25,000 words, and is called The Dead City.


* Pornokitsch: Friday Five: Stupendous Space-faring YA SF
So here are five of the novels that I read as a 1970s schoolboy, ones that inspired me to pack my bags and follow my dreams...

* Cracked: Why Shia LaBeouf Is Hollywood's New King of Jerks
Shia LaBeouf recently stole the spotlight by stealing an entire screenplay. He "plagiarized" the script for his short film HowardCantour.com from Daniel Clowes' comic Justin M. Damiano, in the same way settlers "short-changed" Native Americans for the island of Manhattan. But he paid less. He stole the entire comic, scene for scene, line for line, word for goddamn word. It is impossible to overstate how directly he ripped it off. I've used photocopiers that make less direct reproductions.

* IO9: Why Expanded Universes Are Important
I thought about this, and every answer I came up with came back the idea that they act as gateways. To their genre. To fandom. And to writing.

* The role of race in the life and literature of Alexandre Dumas: The episode that inspired the man behind the Musketeers
There's a book about Dumas' father: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss

* MediaBistro: Most Authors Make Less Than $1,000 a Year:
The majority of authors make less than $1,000 a year, according to a new report from Digital Book World. Almost 80% of self-published authors and more than half of traditionally published authors earn less than $1,000 a year, according to the report. A little more than 40 percent of hybrid authors (both traditionally published and self-published) made less than $1,000 a year and not surprisingly 90 percent of the aspiring authors made nothing.

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...Is there a place where we can buy these novellas?

I haven't heard yet from the publisher when they're going to be released. I'll post about it as soon as I know.

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