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Posts by Pam Uphoff

Working the Stereotypes

 

Diversity’s the big issue in fiction these days.

Well, not really. The howling mobs of the perpetually offended only care about race and sex. Of the author, and of the characters.

True diversity of thoughts and emotions, behavior, opinions, and politics? The mob doesn’t seem to care. But most readers do. They don’t want every character to be the same, except for details of hair, eye, and skin color. A good story is the story of human interactions, even in a book full of running gunfights and explosions. Read more

Hurricane Basics for Newbies

So, all you central East Coasties ready?

No? Is this your first time? Well, relax. It’s just the biggest whooping wind and rainstorm you’ve ever seen. Read more

Has KULL Killed My Sales?

I hear this all the time. Let me answer this graphically:

No! As a complete unknown, the ability of readers to try my books at no additional cost has tripled–or more–my sales. I mean, can it really be a coincidence that the start of the KULL program just accidentally happened at the same time as that leap in sales?

 

If you are a well known writer with huge sales numbers, perhaps it’s different. Of course, you’re probably not reading this blog either, but . . .

New Release

Ebsa’s in semi-quarantine along with the rest of Project Dystopia, until TPTB decide they haven’t brought along any giant spiders or rats the size of elephants.

And while they’re stuck on the Embassy World, a cookoff and fair seems like a good idea. What could go wrong?

If you’re looking for a quick light read, this novella is just right!

Why There’s No Magic

Okay, the weird writer mind has had too much caffeine. Or sugar. Bear with me.

Back in the Dark Ages, when I was playing D&D regularly, there was a problem with Wizards. Once they got up a few levels, they just blew everything away. On thinking about it, I realized this was why there was no real magic in the real world. You think we’re dangerous, with a few (tens of thousands) nuclear missiles? How about millions of magicians playing with the Laws of Physics?

Yep. That’s what happened to Atlantis. Read more

Quick addendum to Peter Grant’s Lessons

Three and a half years of my Author Rank in Science Fiction. It’s pretty obvious when I am publishing in quick sequence, and when there a long stretch of nothing.

At least the dips are getting higher, and not crashing back to the bottom anymore.

It’s Alive! It’s Alive!

It’s Alive It’s Alive!
Pam Uphoff

Yet another novel in my Wine of the Gods series has gone live! Number 37!

Now this isn’t a proper series, there’s no over-arching problem that will be solved in the final volume, which might or might not keep readers returning. This is a “same Universe, same characters plus new ones, and a brand new Problem that will be solved in one or two books.”

I’ve often thought of it as a Soap Opera, never ending . . .

But how the heck do you know a series has gone flat? Died on the vine? Read more