Fresh Free Short Story

It’s been a bit since I had any fresh fiction see the light of day. What can I say? I’ve been busy… a perpetual state, it seems. Hell, I’ve been struggling to get this Colt the Outlander project done, and that’s my greatest (and only) writing priority right now Thanks to Aaron Michael Ritchey, however, I … Read more…

Book Biz Rules and Riddles 004

DON’T PAY FOR THE PRIVILEGE There’s something my father taught me when I was a teenager: “Never pay for the privilege of working for someone.” What I’ve added these words of warning is, “Go to shields-full anytime someone tells you it’s ‘good exposure.’” Whenever I hear that phrase, I think of a quote from the … Read more…

Book Biz Rules and Riddles 003

BRANDING AND COLLATERAL On the day you decide to make a career out of your writing, there are some things you need to consider as you work towards getting your name and face out in the real world. The first is that all writers are entrepreneurs—business owners—and you need to behave as such. In some … Read more…

Book Biz Rules And Riddles 002

GETTING PUBLISHED There’s a question I hear quite often from newer authors looking to get into the writing game or people who have never done more than just think about writing. “How do I get published?” I can honestly say there is a different path for every single writer who takes up the mighty pen. … Read more…

The Perils of Multitasking and Time Delays

So, I have to pony up a faux pas I made in my last post. Remember when I said that R.C. was the only one who picked up on the fact that I had a character sitting in a frozen cave buck naked during a thirty minute conversation? Yeah, well that wasn’t entirely accurate. My … Read more…

Shriveled Junk and the Importance of Other Eyes

I meant to get this post out on Wednesday, but I’ve been neck-deep in the Superstars Writing Seminar 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I’ve spent the week with about 120 different authors, while I work with a couple of buddies (Josh Vogt and Ramon Terrell) in the seminar bookstore and catch up on some book … Read more…

In the Aftermath of Multi-Culturalism in Steampunk

This weekend I attended COSine 2017, a very small convention held by and for writers in the Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. It is a volunteer-staffed enterprise where even the panelists pay to participate. I mention this because I go to conventions across the country—twenty cons in 2016 and seventeen cons in 2015. I can assure … Read more…

Of Oliver Twist and Porridge

So, this morning’s blog feels just a tad bit weird. Many of my peers have gone down the path I’m about to pursue. I know this, because when I tried to invite them to the platform I’m about to join, I got messages that they were already there. And not only am I going down … Read more…

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