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Genres Bending, Blending, and Mixing

In the speculative fiction genre, a perpetual battle wages between science fiction and fantasy. Just Google “difference between science fiction and fantasy” and you’ll find 100 different answers.

Even the ancient Greeks struggled with defining genre, and they essentially invented it!

 

The Speculative Fiction Spectrum

Serenity by Poe Tatum | Flickr

I’ve been mulling over how my novels fit into the spectrum and stumbled across this excellent article from the Irish Times, which claims that more and more genre writers have “an urge to write new stories unconfined by the past” or by genre.
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My Future Publishing Path

With so much discussion in the blogosphere about self-publishing versus traditional publishing, I’ve been doing a lot of reading just to keep up. My conclusion is that a hybrid model is the path with the greatest reward for the fiction author. It also requires a great deal of work. What do I mean by hybrid? I’m glad you asked…

Types of Publishing

Self-publishing” here refers to creating an ebook, which you will then publish to various retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords. You may also use CreateSpace or LightningSource to publish print-on-demand paper books, but that’s an entirely different topic.
The book by Dave Heuts | Flickr

What I mean by “traditional” publishing is really more of a spectrum, ranging from small publishing houses to the larger well-known publishers. Most of my notes below apply more to the large publishers than the small ones, however.
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Does She Need a Valentine?

Does She Need a Valentine?

Today, Worldbinding is part of the Bloody Valentine Blog Hop. Blog hops allow various bloggers to write about similar topics and then link amongst themselves. You can hop to the other participants’ blogs at the end of this post.

Will They or Won’t They?

One of my biggest pet peeves in fiction — both on screen and on the page — is when romantic tension as a subplot begins to undermine and subvert the main plot.

That’s not to say that characters shouldn’t have relationships. But Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to admit I’m sick of the artificial sappiness!

“Will they or won’t they?” is one of the oldest plots there is, but my specific beef with it is when it starts as a subplot, then goes on to dominate and destroy the story.

There’s a time and place for romance as the main plot… that’s what the romance genre is for!

The perfect example is the TV show Castle. Season One started out well enough for a CSI clone, with a new twist on the also-classic whodunnit plot. Like all long-running TV series, it had its problems, but a covered up conspiracy and other plot arcs added complexity to regular crime de jour episodes.

But as it went on, the plot became less about mystery and more about romance. The romantic tension built to a crescendo, until it completely eclipsed the main plot. In short, Castle was no longer a crime/mystery show. It became a romance. Why did they do this? Was it fan service?

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