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Etymology Excavation: Toe the line

Etymology Excavation: Toe the line

‘Toe the line’ means to follow orders, to do as you’re told, conform to a set standard, or to not rock the boat. An alternative phrase that means exactly the same thing is ‘toe the mark’.

E-book publishing 101: Amazon KDP

E-book publishing 101: Amazon KDP

You’ve decided to publish independently. Good for you. Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, or Amazon KDP for those of us in the biz, is the one that comes immediately to mind. Amazon is well-known, they’re everywhere, and best of all, they make it really easy for novice authors.

Help, I’m a pantser

Help, I’m a pantser

Help, I’m a pantser, and I just wrote a thing. Pantser: defined as one who writes by the seat of their pants. Would it suprise you to hear that JRR Tolkien was a pantser?

I’ll take Death over the Tower

I’ll take Death over the Tower

I’ll take Death over the Tower any day. I’m Maurice Ferland. I read the Tarot. I also listen to the dead (try and get a word in edgeways and you’ll see why I put it that way), know enough about herbs to sound convincing, and can draw really cool shit with coloured chalk.

Etymology Excavation: Quixotic

Etymology Excavation: Quixotic

Today’s excavation concerns the word ‘quixotic’. It’s a fun dig. Let’s start off with the dictionary definition as used today, courtesy of the Cambridge English Dictionary: ‘having or showing ideas that are different and unusual but not practical or likely to succeed’.

Writing Myths: Slay the Dragon

Writing Myths: Slay the Dragon

Writing Myths that need slaying: I must write something other people will like and approve of. I must write at a level everyone will understand. I must write something that will sell. Writing is a slog, a chore. Writing is like giving yourself homework every night for the rest of your life.

Character Interview: Irin Seviki

Character Interview: Irin Seviki

Meet Irin Seviki, a ranch master from the Central Worlds – if you’re enough of a non-conformist to admit to knowing Cortiians, you’d better be influential enough to survive it.

Who’d become a vampire hunter?

Who’d become a vampire hunter?

Vampire hunter. The ones who don’t stand by and do nothing. The crew of the Artemis are an eclectic bunch, but they have exactly one thing in common; they fight to save your ass from something you don’t even believe in.

Cortiian Word of the Week: Derian

Cortiian Word of the Week: Derian

Derian is a very old Cortiian word, and it literally means ‘rider’. It’s also, in wider use, a generic title for any Cortiian, rather like ‘citizen’ in the Federated Planets Alliance.

Migration madness

Migration madness

Migration, eh? Feel free to insert an image of geese creaking their way South - I know that's what I think of when someone says 'migration' to me. Here and now, I'm talking website migration. You may have noticed both jcsteelauthor.com and byriteofword.com were down...

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