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Thunder drones and lightning drones from Ghost Storm

  These two drone types are central to the villain’s plans in Ghost Storm. The thunder drones swarm an area by the thousands and use microwave emissions to alter the temperature and humidity of a region to tamper with larger … Continue reading

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Kickstarter lab for writers: press that button!

It’s launch day!!! That day has now come. I have worked out my backer rewards, built my page, and provided plenty of social media support. Yet, somehow, I’m still nervous about hitting that button. Pre-game butterflies in the stomach, I … Continue reading

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Kickstarter lab for writers: making your video

I was lucky enough to get to work with Andy Gill, the great surrealist filmmaker of his generation. This time, he even gave me special effects! Here’s the world-premier! If you only get one feature right on your Kickstarter page, … Continue reading

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Kickstarter lab for writers: budgeting and pricing

People talk about the big money crowdfunding smashes like Exploding Kittens (which recently raked in an astonishing 8.8 million). What people don’t often talk about is the dark side of success: when a project is successful but the creator still … Continue reading

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Kickstarter laboratory for writers

Welcome to the first installment of a short series on using Kickstarter (or any other crowdfunding system) to launch a novel.   Harsh Truth #1: 70% of Kickstarter projects fail. Don’t become a statistic. The frightening fact is that only … Continue reading

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The jet suit from Ghost Storm

This is the jet suit Dean test-pilots in Ghost Storm. Compared to other jet packs, it doesn’t look very special on the outside– I wanted it that way because it’s a prototype and not built to be fancy (although I do … Continue reading

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