Writers who explain too much

December 18, 2014

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Send the girlsDo you explain too much?

We read to experience another world and another life. We read to fall into a world. Excessive explanation takes us out of that experience and talks at us rather than guides us through a fantastic journey. If we wanted a lecture, we wouldn’t have sat in the back of the dark lecture hall either nodding off, or reading a novel, that if well written, was the polar opposite of the boring telling lecture taking place at the front of the class.

As Elmore Leonard commented: Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

In the opening of my second Future Girls book, Future Gold, I agonized over how to get the heroine, Jordan, from her time (2145) back in time (1861). I wanted to explain why she was in the Duck and Screw. I wanted to give the reader Jordan’s backRead More

New Classes for Newbies

December 10, 2014

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Start your new year’s resolution to write – now.
Freelance Writing Career

Our guest, Ellen Sussman is offering a couple of classes this winter

I’ll be offering two classes in January and February at my home in Los Altos Hills. (I also have a class through Stanford Continuing Studies — check their website for that one.) Contact me right away if you’re interested in one of these — they fill quickly! Please note — I’ll be traveling, starting tomorrow, and won’t get back to you until after December 7. But I will accept students in the order in which they contact me. You’ll receive confirmation and information on how to pay during the week of December 8.

Here’s to a Creative New Year

One day workshop

Saturday, January 24

9am – 4pm

$225 including lunch

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Future Girls and YA art.

December 3, 2014

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If you are in Santa Barbara this winter  (and there are few better places to winter)  Check out a new art exhibit:

kimberly-binns-9The exhibit is the art of the Teen Paranormal world, a different way to view what YA readers are thinking and doing.

I am happy to place Future Girls in the YA  category although the book is not overly romantic nor do I think it’s paranormal in any way.  Still,  YA readers chew up the fantastic and the speculative, I did.  The concept of other worlds and other times make complete sense to a younger reader.  I remember thinking  WOW, what an idea, rather than thinking  “there is no way that time machine could work.”

When did we lose our sense of wonder?  Does reading YA books bring us back to a time when we believed anything is possible and life could lead to amazingRead More

Why I didn’t build a Time Machine

November 26, 2014

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Need a time machine?I love my Beta Readers, to a one, they delivered enormously helpful feedback and suggestions. Except for two.

One of the Beta Readers is an engineer and after he read the   Future Girls he chastised me, saying – you need to build a time machine!

A day later, the other Beta Reader, a physicist, counseled, whatever you do, don’t build a time machine.

You can imagine how helpful that all was.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

–Arthur C. Clarke

I chose not to build a time machine for two reasons: first, (according to both Beta Readers) I do not have extensive experience in time machine mechanics. And second, I did not want to unnecessarily slow down the story. I didn’t want the book to be all about whether or not time machines work, and invoke aRead More

Send in the Girls (Future Girls)

November 19, 2014

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Send the girls

Why send the girls back to the past? Why not intrepid boys? I have nothing against boys. I love boys, made a few myself. But in Future Girls, the boys have already been sucked into the Reality Cloud. They spend hours, days and weeks cocooned inside the Internet which has grown like Moore’s Law into an all encompassing second life. Men work exclusively within the Reality Cloud, they play, conduct business and fight wars all through virtual reality programs that are real enough to completely engage the players.   Of course they have virtual sex as well. If the fantasy world, where everything is accessible and nothing is forbidden is your daily experience – 10, 12 hours a day. What do you care about a real house, real food, the real world? It wouldn’t hold many charms. Sure the menRead More

Episode 152 – “Audio Books With Betsy Fasbinder”

November 15, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Betsy Fasbinder


Audio book productions.

Fire and Water

Blog and video blog – art finds a way.

In both her works of memoir and fiction, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder explores the unending complications of people living, working, and loving one another.

She has been awarded the Floyd Salas Award, a Jack London award and two East of Eden awards for both fiction and memoir pieces.  Four of her pieces have been produced as Readers’ Theater works in the historic Nevada Theater in Nevada City, California.  She is the also co-producer of The Women’s Writing Salon in Nevada County.

Betsy lives in the soft hills of Marin County with her husband, one son on the launch pad, and one out on his own in a neighboringRead More

We Interrupt Future Girls

November 12, 2014

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Just interrupting all the Future Girls interviews with this great info graphic in the service of NaNoWriMo.

Are you working on your book this month?  I’m actually working hard on Future Run, the third book in the Future Girls series. It’s messy, awkward and very little is spelled correctly but it’s so much fun to rack up that word count!

Check it out here – and back to Future Girls next week.

NaNoWriMo info graphic

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Episode 151 – “We’re Rated G For Garrett!”

November 6, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Halloween October 31st. Special Guest: Garret Miller

The curse of episode 151

Website:   GarrettMiller.com

Current Project(s):

Join Garrett live every Monday-Friday 10pE/7pW for Rated G Radio!

Rated G Radio is a Lifestyle & Entertainment Talk Radio program ending each week with the wildly popular Friday Night Dance Party.  You’ll hear the freshest artists and the World Premiers of their hot new music here first!
Always commercial free!  Always awesome guests!  You’ll hear from Hollywood Celebrities, Singers, Musicians, Authors, Spiritual Guides, Pop Culture Experts along with all the Gossip and so much more!
You can also now hear Rated G Radio in the United Kingdom on both the West Star Radio and Chat and Spin Radio networks!

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Why Science Fiction is Important

November 5, 2014

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Sci Fi is important

2145  All work and world negotiations take place in virtual reality, call the Realty Cloud – run and organized by men. Charity Northquest knows that her future is set – marriage at 18, babies and the same struggle over dwindling resources that her mother faces daily.

But there is another way. And Charity accidentally becomes one of the girls the women of the Time Cult send back in time. Charity has only 100 hours in the past to make the right change that will create a better future. Or she will stay in the past forever?

We’re still in the first minutes of the first day of the Internet revolution.

–Scott Cook

Insights from the author:

So much of what we can change and so much of time and history hinges on the unexpected. The more I study history and biography the more I realize thatRead More

Episode 150 – “Who Need’s A Holiday”

October 31, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest author: Ellen Sussman

Visit my website: ellensussman.com  

October 24, 2014

Author, teacher and recently just finished her book tour which is what I’m interested in learning more about.




This seminar is for students who are ready to begin writing a novel or who have hit some roadblocks along the way. It would also help the student who has a fledgling idea for a novel and doesn’t know how to develop it.

 In this workshop, we will tackle essential novel-writing questions including:

Is my novel idea big enough? Is it interesting enough? How much do I need to plan before I begin writing? What point of view should I use for this novel?

Are my characters well-developed? Do I know who they are andRead More