Halo Blog at the Fictorians

I got another blog out at The Fictorians.  This one is about why the Halo franchise continues to be a multi-billion-dollar franchise after its inception nearly fourteen years ago. Its success has more to do with writing than it does game play… although the game play is AWESOME. http://www.fictorians.com/2013/08/07/halo-the-success-of-story/   Q.

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…

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…

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…

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