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Local Authors & You, and NaNoWriMo Begins!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on November 1, 2017

I’ll be at the Local Authors & You event this Saturday (November 4) at the Viridian Event Center from 1-5 PM. I’ll be offering the “short version” of my workshop on Writing Pulp for Fun & Profit at some point during the day, and otherwise I’ll be hanging out in the authors area signing books […]


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Released: Crystal King

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 20, 2017

My long-time friend, coworker, and collaborator John M. Olsen has just released his debut fantasy novel, Crystal King. It’s a story of intrigue and survival with an intriguing magic system. An army has overrun and destroyed the royal council and much of the kingdom of Riland’s leadership. Now, Gavin Stoutheart’s father the baron is missing, […]


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Burning Bright by Melissa McShane Wins the Diamond Quill Award

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 12, 2017

A little over a year ago, I reviewed Burning Bright by Melissa McShane. This is still (so far) my favorite book by her, although there are two more books in the series (Wondering Sight and Abounding Might) which are near the top of my very large To Read pile. The best way to describe the book […]


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StoryHack #1 is out – and it’s awesome!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 25, 2017

I’ll have a report on Salt Lake Comic Con 2017 later. But for today… I have bigger news: StoryHack #1 is out. You can get the Kindle Version here. You can also get the ePub version from Kobo, if you prefer that, and the Nook version at Barnes & Noble.  I imagine there will be […]


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Salt Lake Comic Con 2017, Here I Come

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 19, 2017

From Thursday through Saturday, I’ll be at Salt Lake Comic Con. My home base will be Booth 639. This is the Xchyler / Utah Authors table, and it’s going to be overflowing with books. I will have a small but not insubstantial contribution to the library, including paper copies of Mirages & Speculations, StoryHack 0, […]


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Out Now: Mirages & Speculations

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 21, 2017

It’s Eclipse Day out here in the Utah desert, although we’re only going to be hitting around 90%. A lot of folks have headed north to Idaho to not-see the sun, and to experience all the weird stuff that takes place in the shadow of the moon. Me? I’ll be working my butt off at […]


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Virtual Reality: Experiences and Nostalgia

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 16, 2017

Nostalgia is a powerful force. It’s been the inspiration for songs, stories, movies, video games, you name it. I was somewhat amused the other day by a couple of songs from my teenaged years that were nostalgia-driven, talking about eras as far in the past then as the songs themselves are to me. Or movies […]


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Coming Soon: Mirages & Speculations

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 11, 2017

I’ve got another short story coming out VERY soon… like in just over a week… in the Mirages & Speculations Anthology, edited by Lyn Worthen. This anthology is all Science Fiction and Fantasy stories set in the desert. Most of the authors, as I understand it, are desert-dwellers themselves. You know, for that bit of […]


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2017 Dragon Award Nominees Announced

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 7, 2017

This year’s Dragon Award nominees have been announced for the year’s best SF/F novels, movies, comics TV shows, and games. Anyone can vote for the Dragon Awards, and you don’t have to pay $40+ or anything to the convention to be allowed to vote (or nominate). Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of time to read before […]


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My Novel Has a Publisher

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 10, 2017

So… maybe you remember back in October when I decided that in spite of an insane work schedule, I finally committed to the NaNoWriMo thing. After a bunch of short stories, it was time for me to start working on novels. I failed. Duh. But only in the strictest sense. I finished the draft at […]


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How to Write Pulp Fiction for Fun and Profit – Part 8

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 29, 2017

This is the final part of my article series on writing pulp fiction. You know everything I do on the subject now. Seriously… I’m not that smart. I have co-taught this class with people who have a lot more experience and knowledge than I do. I’m more of the zealous newly-converted. As much as has […]


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How to Write Pulp Fiction for Fun and Profit – Part 7

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 28, 2017

Now we’ve gone over how you write a pulp-style short story, but what do you do with it once you are done? And what if you want to write a novel or novella? Or what about a serial? Does any of this still apply? The short answers are: If it’s good enough, you sell it. […]


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How to Write Pulp Fiction for Fun and Profit – Part 6

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 27, 2017

Now we are set to dive into outlining and writing at least a 6000 word story. If you have been following this article series from the beginning, then you’ve covered the foundations and may be ready to get cracking at drawing up an outline or just jumping into writing the thing. Today, we’re delving into the […]


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How to Write Pulp Fiction for Fun and Profit – Part 5

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 26, 2017

Okay. To sum things up so far: We talked about what pulp fiction really was during its day, what people talk about when they are discussing contemporary pulp, a little bit about Lester Dent’s formula and brainstorming, and developing pulp-style plots and characters. That’s a lot of info. Now we’re going to drill down a […]


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How to Write Pulp Fiction for Fun and Profit – Part 4

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 23, 2017

Hopefully you’ve brainstormed some cool ideas for your pulp adventure, and you are ready to commit it to paper! Now, whether you are a heavy plotter / planner, or write by the seat of your pants, you’ll need a good jumping-off point and you’ll probably want some kind of idea of where you are going. […]


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How to Write Pulp Fiction for Fun and Profit – Part 3

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 22, 2017

We’ve now talked about the real history of the pulps, and what “contemporary pulp” means. I’ll assume here that this sounds awesome to you, and you want to write stories like this. At this point, if you are a veteran storyteller, you’ve got all you really need. But if you want some additional nuts-and-bolts tips from […]


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