THE ACADEMIE is an ABNA Quarter finalist!

This past Tuesday I was overjoyed to learn that The Academie is a quarter finalist for the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel award. As my debut novel, it’s quite exciting to see it getting such a tremendous response. A giant thank you to those who’ve already read and reviewed the sample excerpt posted as part of the contest. If you’d like to get involved as well, you can find it here. Happy reading! 🙂
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Why Sci-Fi? (Part 2)

In my last post, I established the cultural value of sci-fi. However, just because it has cultural value, does that mean it has literary value? In order to evaluate whether or not sci-fi/fantasy belongs in the larger category of literary fiction, we first need to define some terms. What makes literary fiction, well, literary? And what makes sci-fi/fantasy, sci-fi/fantasy? Literary fiction, I feel, is best described as a thought provoking work of art in book form. They are narratives that transcend time, genre, and resonate with ideas. At its best, literary fiction should be a learning experience, a spiritual experience,
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Why Sci-Fi?

As a genre, science fiction and its relatives (from horror, to fantasy, to dystopias) are by in large dismissed by the literary community. To me, to dismiss sci-fi and fantasy is to dismiss George Orwell (1984), Margaret Atwood (Handmaid’s Tale), Mary Shelly (Frankenstein), Bram Stoker (Dracula), Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels), and Beowulf, to name a few.  Recently, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Michael Chabon wrote of his frustrations early in his writing career when his sci-fi flavored stories were dismissed and ridiculed.  On the surface, the literary community makes some good points. The otherworldly impossibilities are often times nothing more than imaginative
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Bone Machine Updated Synopsis!

The Libra Robotics and Cybernetics Corporation robots have done the impossible. War, poverty, and slavery are nearly extinct. Worldwide employment is at an all time high. And the new workers’ paradigm:  a four to six hour work day. The robots take care of the rest, acting as a personal substitute—like a clone, with all of your skills and abilities.  Nearly everyone can spend time with family, pursue artistic and athletic ventures, become entrepreneurs—or anything else they’d like to do. Everyone except those working for Libra Corp. Grayson Cornel doesn’t sleep much anymore. His life is in shambles. His father is
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What I’ve been up to…

The new semester began four weeks ago, which means that, as a college professor, I’ve been very busy once again. In addition to teaching, I’ve also been hard at work establishing a much-needed network for indie writers: The Indie Writer’s Network. The idea came to me over Christmas, and I’ve spent the last month learning what I needed to in order to set it up and inviting others to join me there. If you are an indie writer or aspiring writer, please stop by and perhaps, pull up a chair, create a user profile, and stay a while. I’m looking
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Writing Interesting Characters

To kick off the writing section of my blog, I figured why not upload my take on what it takes to make a good, interesting character. What do readers want to know about the characters? 1. The basics. The characters should be directly affected by the events unfolding in the story, i. e. the plot. Their demeanor, the way they dress, act, and interact with others should all stem from three places: 1. What is happening to them in the story. 2. Their personality. 3. The internal conflict and how they are going about to resolve this conflict. 2. The
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Bone Machine coming soon to Nook!

The Libra Robotics and Cybernetics Corporation robots have done the impossible. War, poverty, and slavery are nearly extinct. Worldwide employment is at an all time high. And the new workers’ paradigm:  a four to six hour work day. The robots take care of the rest, acting as a personal substitute—like a clone, with all of your skills and abilities.  Nearly everyone can now spend time with family, pursue artistic and athletic ventures, become entrepreneurs—or anything else they’d like to do. Everyone except those working for Libra Corp. Grayson Cornel doesn’t sleep much anymore. His life is in shambles, and every
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A Kindle Fire for Christmas

Please, please Santa, pretty please bring me a Kindle Fire for Christmas. I’ve been a good little Amy all year long, and I promise not to toss too many Angry Birds at pigs. I’ll read lots and lots of books because amazon has hundreds, maybe even thousands of ebooks priced under five dollars. And I’ll keep my room real clean too because there won’t be books stashed all around. Oh please bring me a Kindle Fire, Santa. Pretty, pretty please.
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Now Available: Bone Machine by CN James

Grayson Cornel’s life is in danger. Zoe Asher, a former co-worker, is on the run for murder and corporate espionage, and now Grayson’s taken her old job. Not just any job. Grayson works for the biggest, most important company in the world: Libra Robotics and Cybernetics Corporation—the company that made the perfect robot. Libra Corp robots have done the impossible. War and poverty are nearly extinct. There’s 100% worldwide employment. And the new worker’s paradigm: a four to six hour work day, five days a week. The robots take care of the rest.  People can now spend time with family,
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