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A Second Retreat

by Christopher Gronlund on April 15, 2014

In ten days, I’ll be in East Texas — holed up in a cabin and writing all weekend.

Last year’s writing retreat — the first — was enough of a success that this year merited an even better place (Caddo Lake State Park)…a bit earlier in the season, in the hope of cooler weather than last year.

There’s not much more to it than that. I say few things in life with total confidence, but I can’t say this enough: find a friend who gets what it is you do and spend one weekend a year dedicated to that thing.

No matter what happens with whatever it is you do, it will be worth it…

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How to End a Novel

by Christopher Gronlund on April 7, 2014

It’s been a while since I made a writing video…

It’s been a while since I’ve made any kind of video…

Work, life, and some other busy things have meant — in recent months — that I’ve only been able to work on writing…not writing and blogging and making the occasional video on the side. But I finished a big project at work recently, so…I celebrated by making a video about the endings of novels:

Future Videos

Another reason I haven’t done as much as I’d like with video is my laptop didn’t do the best job with editing. I recently bought a new system that handles video and graphics much better, so…with some free time coming up, I hope to make a few videos showing my writing process in the hope that it helps others.

Stay tuned…


On Audience and the Writing We Do

March 15, 2014
An audience

I’m still alive (writing and, at least for the rest of March, putting in extra hours at work). There’s a certain pride in still writing fiction during crunch time during a release at work requiring some extra [tech] writing. Busy times…looking forward to April. Later in April is a mini writing retreat, similar to the [...]

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Body of Work

February 6, 2014
Pile of cut logs.

[Cross-posted from my personal blog.] * * * I’ve talked before about creating a body of work before (even used an image of piled wood to make the point). In fact, that post was in honor of the 25th episode of the Men in Gorilla Suits podcast. Today marks Episode 53 — our one-year anniversary! [...]

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December 23, 2013
Secluded Cabin

With the shift to so many digital things, it seems the “e-” prefix can be attached to anything: e-book, e-commerce, e-trading, e-business, e-signature, e-etc. As 2014 approaches, I propose a new e-thing: e-hermitage! E-Hermitage I’ve written about my experiences taking a 101-day social media break. I even followed up with additional thoughts after returning. I [...]

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I’m Not Good at Self Promotion

December 20, 2013
Old Man

I’ve said before that when it comes to self promotion, I’m not the best. Want proof? Over a month ago, I had a novella called Old Man released as an ebook. Now, I did write a blog entry about writing the same story in different formats shortly before Old Man was released. But I never [...]

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Getting the Jump on New Year’s Resolutions

November 25, 2013

It’s a simple pleasure: driving along in an open lane on a wide road and having a light turn green right before needing to slow down. All the cars standing still from the red light begin their crawl through the intersection, but you sail through. Every year, so many people make resolutions for the new [...]

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The Importance of Young Adult Fiction

November 19, 2013
Autumn Leaves

When I was 12, an age deemed by many to be perfect for young adult fiction, I gravitated toward John Cheever, John Irving, and Stephen King. I wanted to read what my mom, sister, and step father read. So…Cheever’s short stories were a good intro. King was a no-brainer; “The Body” was the greatest thing [...]

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Writing for Different Mediums

November 10, 2013
Christopher Gronlund's Old Man

On November 19, my novella Old Man will be released as an e-book. Old Man is years in the making, originally intended as a comic book. When that didn’t work out, it became a well-received screenplay. And…when that didn’t work out, it became an e-book. I’m glad that it made it to a novella because [...]

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The 2014 John Picacio Calendar

November 7, 2013
La Sirena

John Picacio’s art speaks for itself. A two-time winner of the Hugo, with enough Chesleys and other awards that I like to imagine he steps on them in the same manner I used to step on Dungeons and Dragons dice scattered about my bedroom floor. Vistit him and it’s like, “Oh, hey…sorry about that: Hugos [...]

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