Author Archives: D. Thomas Minton

About D. Thomas Minton

Writer of speculative fiction

Rounded Characters and Compelling Arcs

The success of a story often hangs on the presence of a compelling character. When I first started writing fiction and submitting it to magazines, I was fortunate to receive feedback from editors (perhaps they recognized my newbie status) via … Continue reading

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“The Memory Plague” Available for Free Reading

My story, “The Memory Plague,” published in the January 2021 issue of Lightspeed Magazine, is now available for free reading online. Please check it out if you haven’t already. Or if you prefer, the story has also been recorded for … Continue reading

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Inspiration: “The Memory Plague”

Sometimes writing a story can be easy. An idea comes to you, and the words flow out like a river. Editing goes quickly, and if you’re fortunate, you sell it on your first try. I’ve had that happen a few … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts on Collaboration

Writing tends to be a solitary endeavor. Most stories and books are written by a single person during which they conceive, develop, plot, write, and edit in a near vacuum. While many writers may open their work to others for … Continue reading

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Winter Storms and Future Considerations

I’m a marine biologist who lives in the mountains. I’m not sure how that happened, but I certainly have no regrets. This also means I’m used to water in all forms. While I’ve spent my career in liquid water, the … Continue reading

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Writing Update: Collaboration on the Clock

I thought I’d provide a quick writing update to set the stage for some future posts I want to make. A few months ago, I finished revising the manuscript for Tiger Unbound, Book Five of the Calytpo Cycle. At this … Continue reading

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Tough Decision, Easy to Make

I decided yesterday not to renew my membership in the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). For those not familiar with the SFWA, it’s the preeminent professional organization for science fiction and fantasy writers, and it’s not easy to qualify … Continue reading

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What Have I Learned from My “Calypto” Experience

A few years ago, I decided to write a series of books called The Calypto Cycle that I intended to self-publish. I decided to go the self-publish, or indie, route for a few reasons. First, and likely most importantly, I … Continue reading

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New Projects (and Old)

I’ve been away from regular posting for quite some time, and the bug to ease back into it has bitten me. Tending my website is one of the many new/old projects I want to work on in 2021. As I … Continue reading

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“The Memory Plague” Is Here

I guess that might not be the best title for a post given the times, but believe it or not, my new story at Lightspeed Magazine was not inspired by COVID (I’ll have more on that in a later post). … Continue reading

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