Author Archives: D. Thomas Minton

About D. Thomas Minton

Writer of speculative fiction

Covering My Book: I Get the Concept Art

A few weeks ago I hired artist Hans Binder Knott to illustrate the cover of the first book in a series I intend to indie publish later this year (tentative series name: The Calypto Cycle).  Last week he sent the first set of concept drawings.  … Continue reading

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2015 Nebula Nominees (with links)

Wow, where did the time go?  The award season snuck up on me this year, and I likely would have missed the announcement of the 2015 Nebula Award nominees if I hadn’t seen a series of congratulatory emails (not for me, … Continue reading

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What Are You Waiting For?

I’ve met a lot of people who say they that want to write stories. I know most of them will never get around to it for a variety of reasons.  For most of these folks, it won’t matter.  Whatever their … Continue reading

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Gone But Not Idle

I only posted one update over the past couple of weeks because I was visiting family, and for at least a week of that time, I didn’t have an internet connection.  Some people might find no internet liberating, but I’m … Continue reading

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In Which I Find an Artist

I’ve mentioned several times that I’ve been working on a novella series that I intend to self-publish. It’s called the Calypto Cycle, and is part noir spy thriller, part superhero, and part mystery set in an alternate 1920s eastern Europe.  … Continue reading

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Inspiration: Last Night at the Café Renaissance

Back in July of last year, InterGalactic Medicine Show published my story “Last Night at the Café Renaissance” (complete with this great illustration by Larry Blamire).  This is one of my all-time favorite stories, and I couldn’t be happier to … Continue reading

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So You Want to be a (Science) Fiction Writer

I’m not one who generally dispenses advice to be people about how to break into the writing business or to assess their ability to “make” it.  I’m happy to talk about market trends, what works for me (but may not … Continue reading

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Is That My Name on the Cover?

A writer I know developed something she calls Writer Bingo, where she made up a Bingo card where each square has something she considered an important or desirable writing milestone.  It might include things like “first personal rejection” to “first invite to … Continue reading

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Inspiration: “From the Darkness Beneath”

I missed announcing this one when it came out a few months ago.  To be honest, I had almost entirely forgotten about “From the Darkness Beneath” since its been sitting in the publishing queue at Space and Time magazine for over … Continue reading

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The No-BS Rules For Writing Success

People like to talk about rules for writing, but I’ve found that almost all the rules people talk about are a bunch of BS.  That especially applies to all the rules about how to construct a story, how to start … Continue reading

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