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Dax Murray

Software Engineer and Speculative Fiction Author.

2017 Awards Eligibility Post


I wrote a few things this year! Some of them are eligible for awards. If you've read and enjoyed my works this year, and would like to nominate them for awards, please feel free to do so! As far as I can tell, the following works are eligible for Hugo & Nebula awards in the Novel and Short Story categories.

But wait, you might be asking, all of the works you released this year are self published...

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So you want to self publish on Kindle: Part Two - Editing


This is the second part of a multi-part series on self publishing. This series will cover: writing, editing, beta reading, sensitivity reading, setting up a pre-order, using Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle Select, NetGalley and other means of getting reviews, and marketing. Read part one

A few people have asked me several questions on self publishing on Kindle. I've talked to people who want to...

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So you want to self publish on Kindle


This is the first part of a multi-part series on self publishing. This series will cover: writing, editing, beta reading, sensitivity reading, setting up a pre-order, using Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle Select, NetGalley and other means of getting reviews, and marketing. Read part two on editing, beta readers and sensitivity readers.

A few people have asked me several questions on self publishing...

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Reflections on a first novel


Time works funny sometimes. It does not feel like all that long ago that I revealed the cover for my first novel, A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams, and yet it has been months. Three long and exhausting months. A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams was ambitious, I set out on that journey late in the middle of the night in December 2016. It was cold, and snowing, and I couldn't sleep. I had been working...

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Cover Reveal for A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams


It's here! Louisa of Juneberry Designs has finished the cover of A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams, and it looks fantastic. I could not be happier! The novella itself has been written, and it clocked in at 52,009 words. About 7,000 more words than I wanted it to be. I did a lot of editing to get it back down to 45,117 words. Some of the cuts were hard to make but ultimately I knew the scenes I cut...

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Ultimate Ball Python Care Guide


I've learned a ton since I first got Melusina in February, and I've been working on a more comprehensive guide based on my experience and my research. I am working on making a dedicated site for my snake ramblings, but for now I am gonna post a ton of good information here while still trying to get Jekyll to play nice with PureCSS's grid system.

Ball pythons are a very shy snake, and while they...

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Announcing: A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams


I wanted to formally announce my forthcoming novella, due to be released this fall. It is an #ownvoices queer re-telling of Swan Lake, and I am really excited to share it with you when it comes out. I am going to be self-publishing this novella, just as The Resignation Letter was self-published. Louisa will again be doing the cover for me, and I've asked Jen of Clearing Blocks Editing to help me...

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Review: The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember


content note: discussion of rape, trans misogyny, violence against trans people

I was incredibly excited when I heard about "The Seafarer's Kiss" by Julia Embers - it seemed like everything I love. It was a fairy tale retelling. It was told from the point of view of the traditional villain in that tale, and it was going to be queer and it was going to have a character that uses they/them pronouns...

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Review: Survival Route


Survival Rout is a story with a diverse cast of characters, who must find a way to work together to escape their faery captors. The point of view switches between Aniyah and Keoki. Aniyah is captured and placed with a group of other young people, mostly people their captors assume to be women. Keoki is placed with a group of young people their captors assume to be men. Aniyah and her new friends...

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Snake Love


Me holding my snake in front of my face

I adopted a snake recently! Her name is Melusina, she was hatched in July 2016 and she is a yellow belly ball python. "Yellow belly" is her "morph" - what snake breeders use to describe patterns / markings / genetics. There's a whole system of dominate / co-dominate / recessive traits breeding that goes on to make some really awesome looking snakes. "Ball python" is the type of snake she is. Ball...

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