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About Cat

Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches by the shores of an eagle-haunted lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov's, Clarkesworld Magazine, and the magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Her story, "Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain," from her collection Near + Far (Hydra House Books), was a 2012 Nebula nominee. Her editorship of Fantasy Magazine earned her a World Fantasy Award nomination in 2012. She is the current President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). She is currently working on Exiles of Tabat, the third book of the Tabat Quartet. A new story collection, Neither Here Nor There, appears from Hydra House this fall.

Story Talk: Story Structure

I don’t believe that the standard form we get told all stories come from is the only one an author can use. In this video, I talk about some alternate plot structures and why I think an author should be … Continue reading

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Useful Gifts for Writers: The 10% Solution by Ken Rand

his is the most useful book on writing I have ever found, and it’s the only one I will actually buy to give to people. I ended up writing the introduction to the 10th anniversary edition, because I know the publisher and, well, I’ll let that introduction tell its own story. The “Patrick” referred to in it is Patrick Swenson, the publisher who owns Fairwood Press. Continue reading

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Useful Gifts for Writers: Various Kinds of Notebooks

Buying a notebook for a writer? There’s so many to pick from, and you can opt for the one that best suits your recipient’s writerly type.

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Fiction Reading Lonesome Trail

This originally appeared in Sybil’s Garage, Issue number three, Spring 2006. The piece of music referenced is Lucia Hwong’s “The Spell”.

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Useful Gifts for Writers: Bookplates

With 2020’s vicissitudes, I haven’t been doing any book signings this year. I suspect 2021 will be much the same, which is one reason I’m getting book plates made for some of those upcoming books: one for the Tabat books, … Continue reading

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Using SFWA Effectively for Book Publicity

People sometimes ask whether or not the membership fee for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America is worth it. I think it is, but mileage will vary. That mileage is certainly dependent on how effectively you use it. … Continue reading

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Reading Like a Writer: Planning It Out

Tracy Townsend just did a terrific workshop this Saturday on Reading Like a Writer, (here’s the highlights from Twitter). One thing I came away with is the idea of planning my reading — or at least some of it — … Continue reading

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Rambo Academy Campus Calendar for December 2020

Zoom links will be available on Patreon and pinned in #localannouncements on the Discord server.

How do you get access to these events? Details are here, but basically you can subscribe through Patreon or Paypal. There are free scholarships.
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Black Friday through Cyber Monday Deal

I always feel like I should do something special for this weekend, and this year I remembered in time. So this year, for the Thanksgiving blow-out, there’s a big discount on live classes. This applies to all 2020 classes, which … Continue reading

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Fiction Reading: Hands (Prose Poem)

This prose poem appeared last century! 1997 to be precise. It originally was printed in small press magazine Dreams & Nightmares. It features dancing mice, dreams, and of course…hands.

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