Tommy Donbavand is a writer’s writer. By the time I made his acquaintance online, he’d written and published over one hundred books, primarily for young readers; Scream Street, one of his oldest works, was on the BBC as an animated TV series; and he’d also written Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow, which came out for the Doctor’s 50th anniversary.… Read more Tommy Donbavand: a Wordsmith versus Cancer
So Jeff Bezos tweeted about Amazon doing a LOTR TV series. Rumors and reports put the acquisition price between $200 million and $250 million. The studio, in a statement, said that they wanted to ““explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.”  And almost at the same time, Christopher Tolkien, longtime… Read more A new Lord of the Rings?
A few things died this month: among them, the distribution service I used to publish my first book. Two years ago Pronoun set out to create a one-of-a-kind publishing tool that truly put authors first. We believed that the power of data could be harnessed for smarter book publishing, leveling the playing field for indie… Read more Pronoun [RIP] is shutting down . . .
“A pale and sickly moon hung over the darkness of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Spires, many of them old, shell-blasted hotels, reached out to the sky. They made shapes in the skyline: A, B, C, black silhouettes on gray. THE BLUETOOTH DEVICE IS READY TO PAIR, blared a voice in this awful darkness. The little girl… Read more Nov 2-7: Words complete on Blue Mountain
I apparently write like Anne Rice. There’s a tool called I Write Like (iwl.me) that uses a Bayesian classifier (which I’m told is also what’s used for fighting spam) to analyze text from you and compare that to other writers. I fed it the scene from Numbercaste where Patrick Udo is at his father’s deathbed, and voila: