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The Led Zeppelin Cover that Brought Me to Tears

By on Aug 13, 2014 in Music | 0 comments

Okay, so how did I miss this. Led Zeppelin was honored at The Kennedy Center Honors in 2012 and HEART played Stairway to Heaven. I watched it yesterday and I still haven’t really recovered from the emotional blast that hit me when it ended. We’ve heard this song hundreds of times, but this performance (with choir and orchestra) is just sensational. The guy who plays Jimmy Page’s solo nails it. For reasons that maybe only another guitarist could understand the repeating lick at 3:55 hit me really hard. It’s a simple, easy-to-play repeating bit. But it’s iconic, a really important moment in the dynamic of the overall solo (which itself is the like a distillation of the whole arc of the song itself). So I’m watching this, seeing the old Zeppelin guys, seeing Heart (who were inspired by Zep in their formative years), remember all the times I was driving...

Peace of Mind

By on Jul 26, 2014 in Missives | 0 comments

“Peace of mind isn’t at all superficial to technical work. It’s the whole thing. That which produces it is good work and that which destroys it is bad work.” —from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. Eric Edstrom is the author of the YA science fiction series The Undermountain Saga and The Scion ChroniclesContact Me | Buy My Books | Join My Email...

My Process for Starting a New Book

By on Jul 24, 2014 in writing | 0 comments

So while some of you are happily reading Child of Lies, I’m already working on BOOK 3. The working title is: Something of something.The pic below shows how I generally start a book, especially a sequel. I write a list of Things I Know For Sure (I had to blur out a bad spoiler). I’m sometimes wrong about these items, but usually I have a few big facts, scenes, reveals, and twists I’m pretty sure will show up. I’ve also got a document that reminds me Where We Left Off With Each Character. I’ve got another list titled Open Loops, which is currently taking up a huge part of my new whiteboard wall. If I follow my usual process, once I get bored with all this pre-writing, I’ll begin outlining some plot points. Quickly after that, I’ll get hopelessly stuck in the outline. That’s when I start actually writing chapters. At exactly 33% into the...

Free Short Story: Welcome to Earthworld

By on Jul 14, 2014 in Short Story | 0 comments

In this humorous science fiction satire (a 7900 word short story), posthumans Zee and Dox visit the amusement planet of Earthworld, hoping to get in touch with their human roots. While Zee merely wants a human-themed wedding, Dox has a darker purpose for his visit. Join them and their Marktwain, an Artificial guide, as they explore the history of the human race as pieced together from the remains of Earth’s debris field. Read it in this tiny Wattpad embed or on their website or app.   Eric Edstrom is the author of the YA science fiction series The Undermountain Saga and The Scion ChroniclesContact Me | Buy My Books | Join My Email...

Cover Reveal: Child of Lies

By on Apr 28, 2014 in covers | 0 comments

I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for my next novel, Child of Lies, the second book in The Scion Chronicles. The cover features a portrait of Belle, created by the talented Anna Dittmann. The book will be out July 2014. If you haven’t yet read book 1, Daughter of Nothing, what are you waiting for?   Eric Edstrom is the author of the YA science fiction series The Undermountain Saga and The Scion ChroniclesContact Me | Buy My Books | Join My Email...