Mr. Horne's Book of Secrets

Where people come...to remember.

Stakes

A lot of people are interested in writing, but they don’t know where to begin. Now, there are a lot of things about writing that are completely subjective and individual. There are some things that can never be taught. However,…
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Another Miniseries

Sorry for the short post this week, but it does contain some important news. If you’ve been following the blog, then you know that I’ve been experimenting with a new social network called Steemit. And I’ve had a moderate amount…
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Hokum

All the time, people tell me, “Thanks for all your advice, Mr. Horne. By golly, I’d love to be a scifi/fantasy author, but I can’t come up with any good ideas for such settings.” Well, today is your lucky day,…
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A Child Called “Disappointment”

If you’re anything like me, you feel that the Harry Potter series ended too soon. Just imagine what might have been. I mean, the world that was introduced over the course of the series was definitely larger than could be…
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The Importance of Taking Vacations

Why yes, it is very important to take vacations. Very important indeed. Yes, I think I should go to great lengths here, for everyone’s sake, to extol the importance of taking vacations. Why, yes. Indeed. As a matter of course.…
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EXP

John Grisham was a trial lawyer. Ernest Hemingway was an ambulance driver in World War I. Theodore Seuss Giesel stole Christmas eight years in a row. These areĀ great authors, and all were blessed with the gift of experience. It is…
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How do I Know if I’ve Succeeded?

As an up and coming author, your biggest question will always be “When?” When will I land an agent? When will my book find a publisher? Or, in the even nearer term: When will my book be finished? When will…
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