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Robots, Computers, & Magic: Anthony Francis

Robots, Computers, & Magic: Anthony Francis

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By day, Anthony Francis teaches robots to learn; by night, he writes science fiction and draws comic books. He’s been attending Dragon Con practically forever and sold his first novel, the urban fantasy Frost Moon, from a contact he made in the Writer’s Track. His first steampunk story, “Steampunk Fairy Chick,” is set at a giant convention, and that led to his first steampunk novel, Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine, which was released earlier this year. Daily Dragon
 
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Authors Explore Plotting vs. Plodding… and Jelly Doughnuts

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A panel of authors led by the august Lee Martindale showered writers with splendid advice in the Saturday afternoon Writers Track panel in the Hyatt on creating plots. Describing herself as a “short-story slinger,” Martindale invited the team of authors to suggest ways to capture sometimes elusive plot ideas. Melissa F. Olson replied that when she gets even a small piece of an idea, she immediately writes it down. Agreeing, Anthony Francis said that he keeps three different notebooks for
 
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Trends in Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Fiction

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Vampires are cool…until they’re cliché.  Shapeshifters are hot…until they’re barely lukewarm.  What’s red-hot today may be dead-dog boring tomorrow.   Or might just be the next big thing again next year.  How do you know?  Should you write for the current trend?  The answer to that question put to a panel of best-selling authors on Friday at 11:30 at “Trends in Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Fiction” in the Manila/Singapore/Hong Kong room was a unanimous and resounding “NO!” So then how do
 
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Novel Experience

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Novelists Anthony Frances, E.K. Johnston, and Diana Peterfreund generously shared their expertise during the “How to Write a Damn Good Book” panel on Monday in Hyatt Embassy CD. The three talented authors spent the hour discussing the tips and tricks they’ve learned about writing during their writing careers. Writers often hear the adage about having to write a few bad novels before being able to write a good one, but how many is a few? Francis said he only wrote
 
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