Revising Mik Murdoch: The Power Within

As you may or may not know, I’ve been working on revising Mik Murdoch: The Power Within for the past two months. It has been a much more difficult thing to do than writing the original book. That is largely because, with every change I make, I need to first think about how it will impact the book. Does the change need to have anything added earlier so it makes sense? Will it breach some sort of continuiity later? If I add this scene, will I need to dispose of another scene further on? All of these things mean that I am moving at a comparitive snails pace to how quickly I was able to write the book initially. Does […]

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Not Every Antogonist Must be “Bad”

I grew up reading comic books where the villain was often evil and wanted to take over the country/world/solar system/galaxy. Pick whichever level of villain, but the evil characteristic was often the same. That negative bias for the antagonist creeps into my writing more often than I would like to admit. Usually when it does, the villain is pretty two-dimensional. Trying to add additional depth often fails because, at his or her core is a being that wrings his/her hands and has a laugh reminiscent of MWAHAHAHA! So, just as an exercise, I decided to try and create a character who is a normal, flawed person like you and me. He is friendly, intelligent and well-educated. He doesn’t have warts […]

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Get Published Episode 128 – Charlie Brown Talks About Dirty Magick

http://media.blubrry.com/getpublished/p/www.michellplested.com/wp-content/uploads/GetPublished/GetPublished-Episode128.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHappy Groundhog Day to those of you listening to the show on February 2nd. I watched the movie of the same name starring Bill Murray last night just to celebrate. That is a movie that I have always enjoyed. Perhaps one day I will even use the idea of a continuous looping day or moment in a story. You just never know. As you may know, I had stories appear in two anthologies in 2013. The first anthology was Lucky or Unlucky: 13 Stories of Fate. I interviewed the editor, Nila White when we talked about the anthology back in episode 124. This episode, I talk with Charlie […]

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