October Installment at The Fictorians

Here’s another one of my blogs out at The Fictorians.  This one covers what *I think* is the importance of working the convention circuit if you’re a writer. Granted, it has a bit of a bias, but the benefits I’ve enjoyed as a result of attending cons are laid out pretty thoroughly. http://www.fictorians.com/2013/10/15/working-the-convention-circuit/

RMFW “Writing Great Action Scenes” Class

This past weekend the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers association held their Colorado Gold conference. It’s a three-day extravaganza of panels, classes, carousing, dinners, pitches, critiques, and awards. The hospitality suite at the end of each day was a bit like a Mos Eisley Cantina, minus the band and severed arm… and I was in good … Read more…

The Phase Shift of Media Distribution

If you are a storytelling “creative,” regardless of distribution channel, you need to watch this. I would recommend that Agents, Editors, Publishers, and producers of any sort of media pay very close attention to what Kevin Spacey has to say here. The key term is “Content,” and the old rules about what people buy or … Read more…

Mile Marker Forty-Five

I started the “author’s journey” a scant three years ago. In that time I produced a half-dozen anthologies, been a finalist in a local manuscript competition, self-published one novel, and had a number of short stories published by other editors and eZines. I also managed to make at least a small name for myself in … Read more…

A Consolidation of Blogs…

I’ve had some requests of late to blog on other sites, and it really has been a lot of fun. I’ve enjoyed writing essays since probably middle school, and to have peers ask me to share some of my thoughts on their websites is both an honor and a privilege. I wanted to thank the folks … Read more…

Steampunk Games and the Gender Crisis

There have been countless words written in recent weeks regarding the gender crisis surrounding SFWA Bulletins 200, 201, and 202, and the two sides seem to be preparing for armed combat. Similarly, those very same camps have dug trenches along the Microsoft “no female protagonist in their games” SNAFU, and that battle is raging as … Read more…

The Jazz of Kaiju (怪獣) on the Pacific Rim

If you’re anything like me, you grew up loving kaiju—those giant monsters like Godzilla and Rodan and Monster X.  Years later you discovered animé and things like Macross, Dougram and Gundam. Your destiny was set, and thereafter you would have a passion for things giant that could turn cities to rubble and lay down enough … Read more…

Making the Best of Patterns in the Wash

One could call it a coincidence—mere happenstance—but I prefer to consider it portent. I just got back from the 2013 Superstars writing seminar with Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, James A. Owen, Eric Flint and Tracy Hickman as instructors.  I’ll be delving into some of what I learned there in an upcoming post, but what I want … Read more…

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