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Hey, who's keeping an eye on the Kender?

Put Chapters 17 and 18 of Harbinger to bed tonight. I'm finally starting to see light at the end of the editing tunnel. Now, if that's not an onrushing rejection letter coming my way, I'm in good shape. ;)

Went to the The Dragonhearth and noticed Tracy Hickman had a new podcast loaded on iTunes. I'm really glad I downloaded this one and I highly recommend anyone, especially aspiring writers, download it also. Tracy did a reading from his upcoming DragonLance book. It's beautifully done, with sound effects, music and Tracy is a great narrator.

But . . . referencing my rant of yesterday, I noticed Tracy doesn't shy away from using adverbs. Words like quickly, softly, musically, etc, were sprinkled at just the right spots in his story. Hey, if Tracy frappin' Hickman can use adverbs and be as well published as he is, then there's no rule that says you can't use them and hope to be published.

Now mind you, he uses them well! They had a place in his story as much as the characters had a place in his story. (And Margaret Weis and he do great characterizations, btw.) I haven't read the DragonLance stories in years (in fact, they were the ex-wife's books and I haven't seen her since 1989), but by the end of the chapter he read, I felt like I knew the characters and understood what motivated them. Also, he established the threat and the goal of the book . . . all in one chapter. Very informative on style and technique (and yes, those are two different things in my book).

So,if I may gush a bit more, Go listen to this podcast! You'll be glad you did.

Current Harbinger rewrite status:
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70,188 / 100,000

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