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Dargonzine 28-2 Editorial

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DargonZine 28, Issue 2

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So, round about this time every year, I have an Editorial that covers the annual Dargon Summit. This year is no different. That being said, I don't want to bore you with the same old, same old. Is it one of the great bonding experiences of being a Dargon author? Yes. Had attendance (sadly) dropped off? Yes. Am I eager to get more folks wrapped into next year's Summit? Of course. ...

Nessis Romen Gets a Date

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DargonZine 28, Issue 2

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The fall of night is always a mysterious and dangerous time. Across the city of Dargon people work to complete tasks and chores before the setting of the sun and the loss of the day's light make work difficult or impossible. Oil lamps and candles and torches can extend the day by a bit, maybe by a bell or two, but it is best to work by day and sleep by night. Such is the rhythm of life. Not everyone, ...

Dargonzine 28-1 Editorial

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DargonZine 28, Issue 1

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It's been a very busy few months for me. Everyone is busy, I know. When are we supposed to find time to write? Well, arguably, we're supposed to prioritize the things we love, and I have recently gone back to the sport of fencing after a 12 year hiatus. That has been extraordinarily good for me -- sadly, limited to one night a week. But I've also been incredibly bogged down in work and trying ...

Dargonzine 27-4 Editorial

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DargonZine 27, Issue 4

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Writing editorials is a bit like writing stories for Dargon, but with a lot less peer review, and I don't have to conform to any set pattern, historical information, or what have you. It's freeing, really. But while they sometimes fly off the page, there are other times when writing the editorial is like drilling out my own cavities, and purposely not using Novocain. Not fun. So, in the instance that the editorial is not striking ...

Dargonzine 27-3 Editorial

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DargonZine 27, Issue 3

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Last issue, I was racing to get my Editorial in before Liam yelled at me. This issue, I'm two weeks behind the calendar, but he somehow has been nice enough not to ding me too much. Must be under a bit of pressure himself. The big news around the country, and much of the world, recently has been about the reemergence of Ebola, particularly here in the United States of America. The rage of conservatives and liberals are, ...

Dargonzine 27-2 Editorial

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DargonZine 27, Issue 2

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It's that time of the quarter, again, and I'm expected to write another Editorial.  (In truth, Liam will be sending me a scolding reminder e-mail any mene now, but I'm hoping I hit "Send" before he does.) (He actually had 12 hours to spare - L.) But where to start?  We have a vast amount of possible topics, not least of which is my recent tradition of featuring specific Dargon authors each month.  However, what with the impending Independence Day ...

Dargonzine 27-1 Editorial

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DargonZine 27, Issue 1

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Last issue, I started the editorial by talking about my new favorite writing position, which can be summed up as "lying back on the couch with a bottle of red wine." It seems a bit of an obvious, or even stereotypical, revelation. I have another obvious revelation for you: sitting at a playground full of screaming children is *not* my favorite writing position. It's not that I don't love children, especially my own kids, but the concept ...

Dargonzine 26-5 Editorial

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DargonZine 26, Issue 5

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I set myself into my new favorite "writing position" just prior to starting this creative session. It entails lying on my couch with my back against an armrest, my legs extended over the far cushions, and my lovely Series 9 laptop -- appropriately -- sitting in my lap as I type away. Waiting patiently between words is a glass of Tempranillo on the coffee table, just within reach, and the rest of the bottle is a tad beyond it in ...

Dargonzine 26-4 Editorial

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DargonZine 26, Issue 4

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It's been a productive couple of months for me, Dargon-wise. This tends to make me feel very good, and good feelings about Dargon create more enthusiasm for me to do more in Dargon. It's a nice circle. It can be difficult, however, to maintain the enthusiasm when creativity ebbs, so one method I use to kick start the old creative juices is to revisit ancient works that I never finished. We all have them: the aborted efforts ...

Dargonzine 26-3 Editorial

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DargonZine 26, Issue 3

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Last issue, I told you the Dargon Summit was coming up, and it’s one of my favorite times of the year. So let me tell you why. The Dargon Summit is our annual gathering of Project writers; it’s a writing and administrative retreat where we not only talk about the business of running the Project, but work on new story arcs, challenge stories, current works, do a plethora of research, and occasionally learn a thing or two. ...