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Rory J Cole

Sci-Fi, Speculative Fiction, Short Stories & Other Written Words

The Importance of Setting in Stories

It was a dark and stormy night. If you’ve never actually read those words, chances are you’ve heard them spoken. It is perhaps the most overused introduction to a story ever devised, but as trite as it is, those words serve an important function. The setting and landscape of your story is one that could […]

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Writing Your Niche

Think about the last time you stared out a window and daydreamed. It doesn’t have to be a window. You could be staring at anything. The television. A book as you flick through its pages with the appearance of reading, but your mind is actually elsewhere. What was it you were thinking about? What do […]

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Love and Road Kill, Available to Read at Mildred.co

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Let’s talk about love, baby. Yes, I did just misquote a Salt ‘N’ Pepa song in way of introduction, but I’m assuming their grasp of grammar is so tenuous they won’t notice. More specifically, let’s talk about love’s trials and tribulations. They say its course never runs smooth, but it seems not only is it […]

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This is why I try not to go outside.

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<Image lovingly stolen from I Fucking Love Science> Share…     

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Why I Write

I remember when I was in grade 5, and I accompanied my dad to my school’s parent / teacher night. The teacher’s comments went something along the lines of, ‘He’s a bright lad. He just needs to pay attention more and apply himself. He’s quite the class clown. Often daydreaming.’ I turned to my dad […]

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Reignite your Inspiration

Every writer has this at least – at the very least – once in their career. If they don’t, they’re one of those writers who never second guess their own work, and probably annually pump out 30 novels for sale on Amazon a year (or should that be anally?). I’m talking about a slump. That […]

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4 Tips to Editing your Writing

You’ve finished your story or novel. Congratulations! Now comes half of the hard work, which entails the editing. It’s advised by most everyone that you should get your work edited professionally, which is absolutely true, but for a lot of us that isn’t always financially feasible. We’ve just spent the last few weeks or months […]

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Separated – Available at Mildred.co

My new short story, Separated, has been published on Mildred.co.  There was a heatwave many years back, and the days and time moved through molasses. My house, not far from the city, had a study as the front room that I used as an office. The bay window overlooked the street and driveway, which led […]

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Googled ‘Quentin Tarantino childhood’. Was not disappointed.

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Image source: http://www.mandatory.com/2014/06/03/todays-funniest-photos/17 Share…     

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The Internet is Weird

I’ve decided to start documenting the strange occurrences I come across on the Internet (denoted with the hashtag #theinternetisweird). It will primarily record the odd coincidences / obscurities Google ads or Facebook throw at me while leisurely surfing. The idea came to me last week while I was reading an article about creepy things kids […]

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