Tales of the Rampant Coyote

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How to Write Pulp Fiction for Fun and Profit – Part 1

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 20, 2017

Some folks have asked that I post my notes from the presentations I’ve done on writing pulp fiction. Now, I don’t pretend to be the expert on the subject. That’s why I grab a veteran modern-pulpist partner on these things… I figure between the two of us we might be able answer most questions. My […]


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My Fyrecon Schedule

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 23, 2017

I’m gonna be at Fyrecon in a couple of weeks, ya’ll! Click here for Fyrecon registration, if you are interested in attending. As far as my presentation schedule is concerned, I’ll be a panelist / instructor at the following sessions: The Future of Steampunk and Cyberpunk – 2:30 PM Friday, June 9th – Bldg D2, […]


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StoryHack – Free Issue and Kickstarter Reminder

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 22, 2017

Have you read Issue 0 of StoryHack yet? If not, be sure and grab it while it’s free! It includes my story, “Dead Last” (which appears… dead last… of course). Actually, let me know what you think of the story. I’d like to do more with this character and this world of sorcery-meets-espionage. Get StoryHack […]


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What Space Opera Means to Me

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 19, 2017

I’m part of the Star Wars generation. One of the first big movies I ever saw as a kid was Star Wars. Not “Episode IV” or “A New Hope” – at the time, it was just “Star Wars.”  I think I was still in 2nd grade at the time it hit the theaters. But … […]


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Space Opera Week – Links to Cool Operatic Spacey Thingies!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 18, 2017

Okay – still hitting the space opera theme (I started this week with a review of a space opera novel quite by accident… but hey, let’s keep rolling with it). Here is a very nice essay of what Space Opera is and what it should be: Wonder and the Soul’s Desire by Dominika Lein. It’s more inspirational than […]


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Leigh Brackett on Space Opera

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 16, 2017

Tor.com and Barnes & Noble are calling this “Space Opera Week,” and several other blogs are following suit. Why not? Guardians of the Galaxy 2 recently came out, there’s a new teaser out for the next movie in the Star Wars saga, the harder-SF TV show “The Expanse” seems to be a huge success for […]


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Book Impressions: Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 15, 2017

I’ve read a few books / stories lately that I figure I ought to actually devote a blog post to. My time for anything outside of work, sleep, and spending time with my family has been at a premium lately due to day job schedule fun. There’s only 168 hours in a week BTW… I’m coming […]


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Spring into Books 2017

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 12, 2017

I’ll be signing books on Saturday May 20th at Spring Into Books at the Viridian Event Center in West Jordan, Utah.  A week from tomorrow. Best of all? It’s FREE! There will be a lot of awesome local authors there. Utah has a surprisingly large number of authors in general considering the population, and the joke […]


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STORYHACK 0! Extra pulpy!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 27, 2017

My story, “Dead Last,” will be appearing in the inaugural issue of StoryHack magazine… issue zero! Hopefully the first of many, many, many issues, StoryHack is a magazine of action & adventure stories across multiple genres. In fact, in the tradition of the early pulps that predate genre definitions, it sounds like it’s deliberately turning a […]


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A Bundle of Books on Writing

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 26, 2017

Storybundle.com has a bunch o’ books about the craft and profession of writing. The only ones I’m familiar with are Dean Wesley Smith’s book and his video lecture series on the Lester Dent Master Plot Formula. I paid full price for the latter (about $50, IIRC), and thought it was very worth the money. So […]


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Closest I’ll Get to Being Nominated for a Hugo…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 14, 2017

Well, this has been a really weird turn. The Hugo Awards aren’t quite as meaningful to me as they once were, but I enjoyed participating in the voting and nomination process in the past. I tried to be a good voter and really put effort into reading everything in my Hugo packet… which was pretty […]


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The CRPG Book Project – 5th Edition (And Still Not Final…)

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 11, 2017

Felipe Pepe has been a man with a mission for several years. He’s been gathering together reviews from a modern-day perspective of Computer Role-Playing Games covering 40 years of history. It ain’t done yet, but the current edition clocks in at a needle-burying 450 pages, covering over 250 games across 4 decades.  Naturally, that’s not […]


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FanX 2017

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 20, 2017

Friday and Saturday, I was at FanX, the sister-convention for Salt Lake Comic Con. FanX is a little smaller and more focused on the celebrity visits. We had some great ones this year. Sadly, Stan Lee had the flu and couldn’t make it, but he did Skype in for his panel. Hopefully he’ll be able […]


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Appendix N and the Real Story of Pulp Fantasy

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 16, 2017

Okay, I promised a little more about Appendix N: The Literary History of Dungeons and Dragons by Jeffro Johnson this week. Last time, I discussed the ramifications on “old-school” gaming style, how the bibliography in the Dungeon Master’s Guide suggested a much wider scope of story and fantasy that early versions of D&D tried to […]


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Heading Out to FanX 2017

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 15, 2017

FanX in Salt Lake City is a little more abbreviated this year — only two days instead of three. All things considered, I’m really okay with that. As usual, I’ll be a vendor this year, working the Xchyler Authors & Utah Authors table, but at least half of the time I’ll be wandering around the […]


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Appendix N – Breaking the Old-School Fantasy Game Code

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 14, 2017

For the Frayed Knights games, I really wanted to capture the old-school spirit of not just computer RPGs, but also the style of tabletop D&D games I remember playing and envisioning as a kid. Things were different back then. If you read the old modules (both by TSR and third-party publishers), the original rulebooks from […]


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