Author Archives: jleighton

What We Need More Than Diversity

An intriguing article at The Digital Reader recently pointed out that many of the older classic SF/F books are falling out of favor with younger readers. The question many are asking is, Why? Nate makes a strong argument that readers … Continue reading

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Artists vs. Authors

Have you ever stood up for something on principle and said ‘NO! I’m not compromising!’ Or, on the flip side of that, have you ever watched someone else and thought to yourself, ‘If only they were more practical, they might … Continue reading

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Which Planet Intrigues You the Most? Discovering Yourself

I can say with more than a tiny dose of satisfaction that I’ve recently finished and published my latest short scifi novel, Rebel Girl of Mars. The unexpected scifi adventure starts when a colony on Mars gets cut off completely and abruptly, … Continue reading

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When Authors Need a Dose of Humility

It’s a saying sentiment among writers I know and respect that you can’t write well unless you read a good bit. That’s often the difference between a serious writer and an amateur with dreams of grandeur: the serious writer cares … Continue reading

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The Thing About Awards…

More than a few big names have been making a big deal out of the Hugo Awards recently, (If this sounds unfamiliar, the Hugo award is a prestigious award for works of science fiction, ranging from short stories to full-length novels and … Continue reading

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Sad Puppies and the Hugo Awards – Fiasco or Inevitable?

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about a vocal group of scifi/fantasy authors and fans who have voted as a single bloc to drastically change the landscape for the prestigious Hugo award. This group has been calling themselves the … Continue reading

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Welcome to Flow Chart Heaven – The Top 100 Scifi & Fantasy

For some reason I’ll never understand, I have always been enthralled by flow charts. To me they are always fun to look at, in part because it’s such an interesting visual way to learn more about yourself. Recently NPR celebrated … Continue reading

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Very Realistic YA – A Movement in Search of Enemies

A recent argument very critical of YA books in general caught my attention via Ink, Bits & Pixels. Here it goes: “The conversation began with Hansen’s observation that, despite being geared towards young adults, this genre [YA books] generally doesn’t … Continue reading

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What the Tea Leaves Say About Ebooks

Recently Dan Cohen from the Digital Public Library of America wrote an interesting piece on the future of ebooks – http://www.dancohen.org/2015/03/24/whats-the-matter-with-ebooks/. Bewildering to many is the fact that the surge in ebook adoption has plateaued for the past year or … Continue reading

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DUMB Goals are for Readers Too

Normally I focus on all things related to writing and reading and popular culture (I have a soft spot for movies in case you couldn’t tell), and today I want to comment on something that may at first seem to … Continue reading

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