Untold Tales

Writer/Reader/Listener Blog

June 15, 2024

Science Fiction Poetry from the 1880's

Eugene Fitch Ware and Science Fiction Poetry of the 1880’s Eugene F. Ware was a pioneer, a soldier, lawyer and Poet.  He was a captain of Iowa troops in the Civil War. He settled in Kansas in 1866, homesteading a farm which his children …

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June 1, 2024

How to read a book a day

How to read a book a day As I write, I sit in a den surrounded by 15,000 books, that's about a book a day, every day, for thirty years. My reading habits developed early in high school and, by college, I have developed a voracious appetite for read…

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May 15, 2024

Three Stories

Ask any author why they write and you may hear a joke about how God only knows or how they must be mad, that’s the only explanation. This is especially common with authors who are as yet unpublished but just can’t seem to give up the dre…

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May 1, 2024

Searching for the Five Percent

When the noted science fiction author, Theodore Sturgeon, once appeared as the guest of honor at a Science Fiction Convention, he made a comment that has become classic.  It has since become part of the Murphy’s Laws corollaries and is a …

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April 15, 2024

How to Effectively Take Criticism About Your Writing

How to Effectively Take Criticism About Your Writing Without Turning Around and Making the Idiot Who Dared Savage Your Precious Prose the Murder Victim of a Rabid Two-Faced Alien with Mommy Issues in Your Great American Science Fiction Trilogy &nbs…

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April 1, 2024

The Value of a Creative Partner

           I have a friend. No, really, I do. To protect the innocent, I’ll say his name is Don Muchow. You might recognize the name, but I assure you, it is almost coincidental. Okay, somewhat almost…ish. …

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March 25, 2024

Indie or Traditionally Published – and why?

From time to time you hear authors being asked why they chose to self-publish. Preferring to maintain creative control is the most common answer. But what does this really mean, creative control? Talking to the Galaxy of Authors webpage, the author…

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March 18, 2024

POV and TENSE

One of the most important choices that a writer makes when they start a story is the “point-of-view”, or POV, that will be used. Most stories are told in a 3rd person POV and usually in the past tense. These include stories that start w…

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March 11, 2024

One Basic Plot

            I was offered the opportunity to teach a group of junior high school students. This was obviously an ad hoc proposition linking me-as-a-writer to them-as-bored-kids, the product of e…

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March 4, 2024

Science Fiction - Nineteenth-Century Technology and Society - Part 2

As mentioned in the last blog, advances in science and technology had a profound influence on writing in the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries. As new branches of  physics, chemistry and medicine grew, so did the opportunities …

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