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Foundations of light and shadow

September 30, 2008 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Atmosphere, The Craft  1 Comment

This morning, Thing Two could not wait to show me his book order catalog from kindergarten. Remember the book order, the magical list of books you could check off? Then your parents would erase most of your choices, and the agony of only picking one or two? The books would someday show up at your desk like magic?

I almost passed out from a terminal case of teh cuteness! He was smiling and showing me the books he wanted to order. Gosh, I love you, you little book lusting squirt.

My boys are little readers and it fills me with pride. Truly, I am blessed. It provides my inspiration, and sometimes when I am alone by myself with my thoughts… I smile.

There are good people in this world.

I see them all around me.

I envision some going on to defeat evil, and triumph over wickedness.

That no matter what the odds, their intellect and attitude carries them across the chiasm.

This is the foundation of the worlds I create in words.


September 29, 2008 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Setting, The Craft  1 Comment

Other then the relentless line editing of Bunny Trouble (almost done!) my thoughts turn to the setting of The Baby Dancers.

This is where my years and years of Dungeon and Dragons geek outs paid off. I have a treasure trove, nay a mountain of world-building material. Indeed, from a gaming perspective I am a world-building expert. Who knew all those years of nerding out would show benefits (other then the loads of fun at the time of the game)?

My goal for The Baby Dancers is to keep my momentum going at a serious pace. Actually, even if it were not YA Fantasy, that is a worthy goal. This is where setting, world-building in particular, collides with momentum. Can I take my setting expertise from other mediums and apply it to a fantasy novel?

Yes. I believe I can. I have a marvelous setting all ready to go. It only needs strong characters and the proper stakes. One could say I adore my setting.

How exciting this all is!

Sunday Reflections

September 28, 2008 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Not Exactly Random, The Craft  0 Comments

“Truth is sought for its own sake. And those who are engaged upon the quest for anything for its own sake are not interested in other things. Finding the truth is difficult, and the road to it is rough.”

Alhazen (Ibn Al-Haytham)

1000 hits

September 27, 2008 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Not Exactly Random  3 Comments

My blog reached a lowly 1000 hits today. At this small milestone, I present to you Hack Writer Blog Stats and Commentary.


WordPress is a very good blogging system, much better than the MSN based system I was using. I can create a professional looking blog without much of a hassle, concentrating on content rather then screwing around with CSS.

I purchased my own domain names, the ability to modify the CSS (making the text easier to read) and the recent “no ads” option. This was all a bargain for me, I got exactly what I wanted.

This blog is rated PG-13.

Top 10 Post Hits

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Next novel?
Hot Topic: Your Writing Ability
My problem with YA Fantasy
Coffee Shop Armageddon
More Show, Less Talk

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The Three Kisses of a Boy

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Summary Stats

Total views: 1,004
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Top 10 Commentators

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The WTF do people keep clicking post

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Lessons Learned

Don’t make the posts me me me
Sticking the word Hot in the topic name generates a lot of spam
People like it when I write about guns and hot lesbian redheads
Create a visual style and stick to it
The Tag system is a good system. It generates over half my hits

Bunny Trouble bouncing bunny uh-huh uh-huh uh-huh

September 26, 2008 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  0 Comments

My ability to write or edit for pleasure is inversely proportional to the amount of writing or editing I do at work.

Considering I have spent the last week writing at work, the Bunny Trouble edits are moving at a glacier pace. Last night I line-edited six pages before my brain shut off.

My writing binge at work is over, so I should wrap up Draft 2 like real soon now.

Frozen Kisses

September 25, 2008 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, Not Exactly Random, The Wife Unit  0 Comments

The Wife Unit whipped up some homemade chocolate this evening. A bitter frozen kiss, doing naughty things to my mouth uh-huh uh-huh uh-huh.

For you men, bi-fems and lesbians that love a good cook: back off. I saw her first!

Mmmmmm nom nom nom nom oooooohhhh!

Writer vs. Writer

September 24, 2008 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  3 Comments

Writer A: In love with his writing and the time spent writing.
Writer B: In love with the idea of being a writer.

Which writer gets to sell?

My problem with YA Science Fiction

September 23, 2008 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Not Exactly Random, The Craft  3 Comments
  • I buy books.
  • I prefer my books in hardcover.
  • I like to buy books at indie bookstores.
  • I tend to talk to the people in the bookstore about what I like.
  • I am a successful working man.
  • I love reading YA SFF books.
  • Yet, the SF seems to be… missing.
  • See where I am going with this?
  • My pocket book is yours.
  • You have only to publish your entertaining yet thought-provoking Young Adult Sci-Fi for me to read it.
  • More importantly, I read in a pack. I have friends. Most of them make more money than I do. They will buy your book too, if I like it!
  • I have two children.

Write it for God sakes. Write it right now! Right now! Right Fucking Now!

Man do I feel better. This has been a public service announcement from Anthony Pacheco, Hack Writer. No need to thank me, that’s just the kind of guy I am.

Dreams of My Youth Shattered

September 23, 2008 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  0 Comments

I had no inkling that Alexei Panshin’s ode to a proper education, Rite of Passage, was a response to Heinline’s politics.

My YA Science Fiction fan core is hiding under the covers, snuffling.

It’s still a hell of a book, which is a very interesting observation to me. Even though History has been kind to Heinline and less kind to Panshin, motivation and passion provides the fuel for an excellent story. As a teen, it made me think.

Politics motivates one of the main characters in Bunny Trouble. This motivation does not serve him well.

As a meta observation, how many other bombs are lurking for me now that I am diving into the world around SFF, rather than the SFF stories themselves?