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Forrest Buchly

A few years ago, I went through a cycle where I started dozens of novels, laying out detailed notes on characters, plot and environment, then writing a few chapters. But every so often, one my previous ideas in particular kept rising back to the top. Well, after several years, I ended up committing to and finishing it. While I do think we have to write who we are at the time of the writing, I guess some ideas demand to be pursued.

Michael LaRocca

I've got a novel that's dead at 30,000 words right now. So I'm taking a break from it. That always works. But in almost 40 years of unsuccessful writing, I've never stopped working (or not working) on something to go work on something else. I'm just not wired that way.


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John A. Karr

Cool to read of your experience. I'm revising a back-burner novel now, with eyes on electronically publishing it via Amazon or Smashwords. Re-reading and light editing has brought a new appreciation for it. Cover artist has mocked up a prototype and will soon finish. Might sell a few copies, might sell more than a few. Whatever the case, it's better than residing in the darkest depths of the hard drive.

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Some of My Books

  • : The Fall of the Republic

    The Fall of the Republic
    In a parallel timeline, 1990s America discovers the chronoplanes: parallel worlds at different points in history.

  • : Rogue Emperor

    Rogue Emperor
    The hijacking of the Roman Empire, 100 AD, by 21st-century Christian fundamentalists, in the second of the Chronoplane Wars novels.

  • : The Empire of Time

    The Empire of Time
    My first novel, published in 1978, but the last in the Chronoplane Wars trilogy.

  • : Gryphon

    "Write a space opera," my editor said. So I did, with some nanotech thrown in.

  • : Tsunami

    A companion novel to Icequake, set mostly in California.

  • : Icequake

    A disaster thriller (Antarctic ice sheet surges into ocean), dated but still fun.

  • : Eyas

    Originally published in 1982, and still the novel I'm most proud of.

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