Spider Thief Steals Hibernating Tarantulas

pet tarantula

Just because it’s fuzzy doesn’t make it a cuddly pet.

Did you know that there’s a black market for stolen tarantulas?

Or that these spiders hibernate during the winter?

Can you imagine someone crazy enough to break into the dark, cobweb-choked crawlspace under a house and steal a bunch of giant spiders?

Yeah. My thoughts exactly.

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So, real life can be stranger than fiction. But still, I do my best to make fiction pretty freakin’ strange.

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How to Be Creative First Thing in the Morning

If you want to write a book, why do it first thing in the morning?

how to be more creative

Are you more creative early in the morning?

Studies show that not only are we more creative in the morning, we’re also more optimistic.

In other words, we’re happier.

Sure, misery and angst have inspired plenty of creative geniuses.

But personally, I’d rather be creative when I’m in a good mood.

Wouldn’t you?

What’s the secret to getting creative?

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It Doesn’t Get Easier. You Just Get Better.

how to succeed at new years resolutions or die trying

Where do New Year’s resolutions go to die? Mostly, Cinnabon.

This is the week that New Year’s resolutions die.

I didn’t just make that up, by the way. I read it in The Wall Street Journal.

Also, there was something in there about bonds or treasuries or whatever.

So much for my financial resolutions.

Look, your New Year’s resolutions are doomed. But there’s a better way.

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Sneak Preview: Jack Campbell’s The Dragons of Dorcastle audio book

Jack Campbell Dragons of Dorcastle

Releases in 2015. Click for a free audiobook sample!

Let’s be clear: Jack Campbell is possibly my favorite author of all time.

That’s no hype. When he publishes a new book, I put the world on hold until I’ve devoured every last page.

The Lost Fleet series (and its spin-offs, The Lost Stars, and Beyond the Frontier) are beyond addictive. They’ll make you forgo food and sleep. They’re so good, they should come with a warning label.

Now, Jack is about to do it again with a brand-new series.

And you can hear the audio right here.

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Book Trailer Contest: Win an Autographed Paperback!

Help me spread the word about Conspiracy of Angels. Share the official trailer, and you could win a paperback book autographed by yours truly.

Come on, it’s fun. And it couldn’t get any easier to win.

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11 Tips for World-Building in Science Fiction and Fantasy

How do authors create an imaginary world from scratch? This weekend, I’ll offer writers some world-building tips at MileHiCon in Denver.

Can’t make it to the convention? No worries. Here are the answers to eleven of your burning world-building questions.

MileHiCon: How do authors go about building a world?

World Building, World Destroying Ray Gun

Don’t “zap” your story with world-building mistakes!

Laurence MacNaughton: Personally, I immerse myself in the strangest real-world research I can possibly find.

My novel The Spider Thief sprang from a real-life case of amnesia, a real lost city in the Amazon, a frighteningly real tarantula migration, and a scientific mystery about a real-life toxin that can steal your memories.

Truth is, of course, stranger than fiction. So the most interesting place to start a story is with the truth.

MHC: What are some mistakes other authors have made, and how do you avoid them?

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Ask an Author: World Building and Exposition

Ever wanted to know how a science fiction or fantasy author builds an imaginary world?

What Is World Building?

How do authors create strange new worlds? Find out!

Authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephanie Meyer, J.K. Rowling, Frank Herbert, William Gibson and scores of others are renowned for the worlds they’ve created.

What makes them so intriguing?

I’ve been invited to join a handful of other authors at MileHiCon here in Denver this month to talk about the reasons why (and how to do it).

What Is World Building?

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+5 Toolbox of Nerdly Awesomeness

Last Christmas, my trouble-making brother got me hooked on the new Pathfinder fantasy card game. (The best part: it’s cooperative. You and your friends work together to try to beat the deck. Plus, you can play the same character every game, gaining greater powers over the course of a long ongoing story arc. Really neat.)

Pathfinder Card Game Custom Card Box

I made this – and now I can take my Pathfinder Adventure Card Game to Starbucks with ease!

We play at Starbucks, and since the original cardboard box takes up way too much space on the table, I had to improvise. Originally, I packed the starter deck in a plastic recipe box and threw it in my backpack, so we could bike to the game.

100% fun. So what’s the problem?

The Game Keeps Growing

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The Myth of the Peaceful Writer’s Life

The Myth of the Peaceful Writer's Life

What? I can’t hear you. WHAT?

I know so many writers who claim that they need absolute silence in order to write. I used to be one of them.

As I write this, we’re having a hardwood floor refinished in the room directly above my office.

If you’ve never had a floor redone, I envy you. You probably still have your hearing.

It turns out that old hardwood boards are incredibly acoustic. And if you grind on them with two-ton industrial vacuum-equipped sanders, you get what is quite possibly one of the loudest sounds in the known universe.

It’s a noise so painfully loud, you can plug your ears and shout to the person next to you, and they don’t even know you’re there. A 747 could land on my front lawn, and I wouldn’t know.

Right now, there are probably people at NASA scratching their heads over the cosmic feedback spewing from these machines.

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Win The Spider Thief paperback from IndieHouseBooks.com!

You could WIN a free paperback copy of The Spider Thief: Omnibus from IndieHouseBooks.com! Click here to enter. >

IndieHouseBooks.com: The Spider Thief begins with a con artist suffering amnesia. That’s an unusual choice for thriller. What made you want to write it?

The Spider Thief thriller with gold spider

Who would kill for a gold spider– and why? Find out!

Laurence MacNaughton: This might sound crazy, but it really happened.

Not too far from where I live in Colorado, a local man disappeared without a trace. When they found his car abandoned in California with the keys still in it, they feared the worst.

Then, a couple of weeks later, this guy woke up in the middle of the night, sitting on the sidewalk, holding a loaded gun.

He had no memory of what had happened in the past 14 days . . .

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