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Advanced Reviews of Wolf Code

Advanced Reviews: “Wolf Code is an entertaining read, but also a gently thought-provoking one — a combination not always easy to find. I look forward to what is next for all the creatures in Brett’s world.” –Brantley Craig, Critic, Professor, Author.   “Brett is a talented writer who paints with words. I could feel the […]

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Wolf Code: Chapter One

WOLF CODE : A SHELTERING WILDERNESS Copyright © 2015 by Chandler Brett All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any manner in any media without the written permission of the publisher.     1WHITE WOLF     Kan awoke with one thought—he had to find her. Pushing off cold rock, […]

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How Robert Redford Influenced Wolf Code (And Jim and Jamie Dutcher Too)

So where did you get the idea for your book? Authors hear this question frequently. It is a good conversation starter because it asks the writer to punctuate the highlights in the long journey to bring the story to the readers. Though some novelists can crank out books in several weeks, most of us spend months […]

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How Martin Luther King Saved Uhura: The ‘Escapist’ Power of Stories

I recently watched the documentary Trek Nation and learned Nichelle Nichols considered leaving Star Trek after the first season. During this pivotal time, she met Martin Luther King, Jr. and learned he and his wife numbered Star Trek among the very few shows they let their children watch. When he learned she was planning to leave the show, […]

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Writing Lessons (2): The Building Blocks of Stories

At least since Aristotle, writers and critics have identified four building blocks that storytellers use to spin their tales: plot, character, setting (atmosphere), and tone (point of view). Stories are a (1) series of events that happen to (2) someone in a (3) particular place as told by a (4) specific narrator. We learn these categories […]

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How To Celebrate Tiger Day 2015! (With a Selection from Wolf Code)

This weekend (Sept. 26-27) Vladivostok, Russia celebrated its 16th Amur Tiger Day. Check out the link to the Phoenix Fund website: Here. Why should you care? Tigers as a whole are an endangered species, and several subspecies are critically endangered–and some like the Balinese tiger have already become extinct. Along with decreasing habitats, as human […]

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How To Find the Perfect Writing App: An Idiosyncratic Quest from Typewriter to Scrivener

Now that I’m in the production stage with Wolf Code, I finally took a moment to re-evaluate my “workflow,” as a number of writers call the process by which we fashion words into stories. I’m not talking about the creative side to writing, but the physical side. Thirty plus years ago, a writer would answer this […]

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Writing Lessons (1): Expectations

Back after a summer break. I’ve been reviewing story-construction advice from writers, editors, and agents: Steven Pressfield, Shawn Coyne, Scott Meredith, and others. For my benefit, and hopefully for yours as well, I am processing and blending their advice into my own lists I hope to unpack in future entries. As Aristotle reminds us, stories […]

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Of Magic Mules, One-Headed Monkeys, and Swamp Pirates: A Review of Jeff Sartini’s The Adventures of Shamis and Larry

  If you appreciate dry humor, wry wit, and satirical fantasy, then you are in the right place. If you love The Princess Bride or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or A. A. Milne’s lesser known Once on a Time, then you will appreciate the wordplay in Jeff Sartini’s The Adventures of Shamis and […]

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An Environmentalist Message from Pixie Hollow: A Review of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast

After seven adventures (including the much shorter Pixie Hollow Games), who’s your favorite fairy? From the start, when I was drawn into this world for my daughter, mine has been Fawn. Since the previous films only hinted at the possibilities for her character, I was delighted to see the Disney team has finally turned the […]

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How Should We Treat Virtual Wolves?

  Charlie Huenemann reminds us that even how we manage our “attachments” to virtual pets reveals who we are as moral persons. Here he reflects on his treatment of dogs within the world of Minecraft: “On Killing Virtual Dogs” The blog entry asks why we would consider the killing of virtual dogs a bad thing, […]

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Why Watch Avengers Age of Ultron Even if It Feels Familiar

Good news and bad news come with the second Avengers movie. When the first film came out three years ago, there was still a freshness to Marvel’s presence in theaters, particularly in snagging Joss Whedon to pull off the seemingly impossible task of pulling together several superstar heroes who had their own franchises. The first […]

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Is Writing More about Planning or Discovering?

“When you write, do you spend more time planning out the details of your story or discovering them as you are swept along in the process?” Readers often ask writers this question, and writers, out of curiosity, often ask it of each other. As you can imagine, there are a myriad of answers, for each […]

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A Game of Chess: Where The Flash Excels

CW’s The Flash is now my favorite superhero show. Not too long ago, we didn’t have a choice; there might only be one such show on television. But Batman, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, and Smallville all made their marks. We are living in an unprecedented time when there are more than half a dozen […]