Rory J Cole

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

Beyond Words – A Brief Reflection on Industry

I used to tell myself that writing well was enough. I was determined to be a writer – I was going to be one – and all that mattered was crafting good stories. This is true in and of itself, but if I wanted to do anything with them I was going to have to […]

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On the Subjectivity of Writing

Chuck on your favourite song for a friend and listen to how much they just won’t shut up throughout the whole thing. This tells us one thing: truth and beauty are subjective. When it comes down to it, everything is. It’s why fantastic TV shows are cancelled in their first season while Jersey Shore has […]

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Perseverance by Design

If you’re toying with the idea of self-publishing, there is something you’re going to have to come to terms with: design. If you’re anything like I used to be, you’re already breaking into a bit of a sweat thinking about. Your heartbeat just sped up a little. You may even be telling yourself you don’t […]

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Error in Transfer

There is a character in my head who lives his life in regret, and whom parts of my subconscious try to speak through: a character in a story I’ve been writing since I was twelve, and one that I am here to say goodbye to. I’m sitting behind him in a beer garden, staring at […]

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The Writer’s Toolbox: Word Versus Scrivener

Something you may not have given thought to in terms of your writing is whether you’re using the correct word processor. Many writers are creatures of habit, and will use whatever is close at hand to get their project done. It may be a pen. It may be a napkin. It may be a typewriter, […]

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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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