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…

On Writing the Foreign – A Confession

On his FB feed recently, Steven Brust (a man whose writing I’ve enjoyed for over 30 years), expressed something that has troubled me for a few years now. He wrote, “I keep seeing that white people shouldn’t tell the stories of black people, that men shouldn’t tell the stories of women, that straight people shouldn’t … 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…

Book Biz Rules and Riddles 001

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES It occurred to me that I have at least some information that would be useful to both new and burgeoning authors alike when it comes to getting published. I’m not authority, by any means. As of this date, I still don’t have a major book deal. However, I’ve chewed a fair amount of … 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…

Rogue One: Post Mission Debriefing (Movie Review)

(Read the Pre-Flight Jitters blog first) The first half of this review is going to be about my impressions of Rogue One without any spoilers. While I don’t mind them, I know a LOT of people do. The second half, however, will absolutely have spoilers… but don’t worry, I’ll have a GREAT BIG warning before I … Read more…

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