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Questions 323: The Ever Expanding Series

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Simon asks: “I’d like to tell new stories in the same universe that I’ve just completed a five book series. Should I expand the first series or write a new, related series?”

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Resources Mentioned:
The Xanth Novels series by Piers Anthony
The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Harry Bosch series by Micheal Connelly
The Lincoln Lawyer series by Michael Connelly
Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
Conan the Barbarian series by Robert E Howard
John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs
James Bond series by Ian Fleming
Hadrian’s Flight
Suave Rob
Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

 

Feedback: Jurassic Park and Cult Mind Control

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Today Rebecca talks genetic sequencing and Jurassic Park, while Caine offers a new resource for understanding cults and mind control.

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Resources Mentioned:
Jurassic Park
Juan Enriquez
Craig Venter
Combating Cult Mind Control, Steve Hassan

Questions 316: Career Paths and Dungeons & Dragons

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Herb comments:
“Block and Heinlein are both great career models–what are the differences you see? Also, you’re wrong about the history of Dungeons and Dragons.”

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Resources mentioned:
Playing at the World by Jon Peterson
Appendix N by Jeffro Johnson

Questions 315: Wikis, Series Bibles, and Notes Management

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Ed asks:
“What tips do you have for using a Wiki for series management?”

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Resources mentioned:
Gail Carriger’s Wiki
Wikipedia
MediaWiki
WikidPad

Questions 314: Cross-references and Fan Service

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Herb asks:
“Is it okay to mention characters from one series in another series? What are the pitfalls?”

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Resources mentioned:
The Stephen King Internal Connections map

Questions 313: Forgettable First Novels and Series Strategies

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Herb asks:
“Should I put off writing a series until I have a few novels under my belt?”

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Resources mentioned:
A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth #1) by Piers Anthony
The Color of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett
The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

Questions 312: Writing To Market–The Rant!

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Robert asks:
“You’ve talked about writing to market before. How about the full-on rant?”

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Questions 311: More About Melodrama

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Caine asks:
“Magnum PI and The A-Team had different approaches to melodrama. What are the technique differences between them?”

Resources Mentioned:
Magnum PI
The A-Team
Dudley Do-Right

Questions 310: The Viability of Erotica

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Herb asks:
“Can writing erotica be a viable career path?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Selena Kitt
Fifty Shades of Grey