Wrestling the Maelstrom

New mental challenges to face these days… shadows of doubts to slay with mettle and savvy and wisdom. There’s always something, and I suppose these weren’t that unexpected. They even came from the right source. It’s a wild, wacky business I picked, and like everyone else, I’ve ended up tossed about like flotsam within a … 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…

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…

Another Step Forward in the Master Plan

I got my hard-copies from WordFire Press today.  Both The Pandora Sequence and Five by Five arrived today.  For those of you who didn’t know, I’ve been doing some production work for WordFire, including eBook conversions and interior book design / layouts.  Thus far I’ve worked on titles written or including work by Kevin Anderson, Rebecca … Read more…

How “Cornelius” Came to Be

A big piece of the writing biz is networking, which is ironic since most writers tend to be introverts stuck  indoors and chained to their desks.  But the truth is that you just never know where your next opportunity might come from. So, one morning I’m at my day job when a FB message pops up.  It’s … Read more…

The Golden Unrule

I’m in a writer’s group run by a friend of mine.  It’s called “Paths to Publication” and it’s more about pursuing a writing career than it is about performing the act of writing.  We talk about projects and successes and failures.  We discuss how were pursuing our writing goals and what our long-term plans are.  I … Read more…

How Two Snakes Made a Hobbit

I’ve got a panel coming up for CoSine 2013 and decided to do a bit more research than normal.  In this case the panel will discuss whether or not the makers of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” are justified in stretching out the original novel “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” into  three movies. I … Read more…

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