It’s been one year since my publisher Booktrope went out of business and I had to reclaim my publishing rights to my novel House of the Galactic Elevator. Now that I’ve survived the transition and have manged to continue writing, looking back at my publishing experience has put me in a pensive mood. My novel, […]Read more "The Year After My Publisher’s Fall"
It’s release day for Nineveh’s Child! Below is the blurb and the cover designed by Greg Simanson. They told me the world above was dead. They lied. It was their world that was dying. I escaped. Outside, I found a family, and I was loved. My new home had its struggles but it was […]Read more "Nineveh’s Child Cover and Blurb Reveal"
Finding a perfect stranger to read a hundred thousand words you have written is not an easy thing. A writer is asking for about ten hours of a reader’s time in addition to whatever feedback can be shared. I found my betas mostly via this blog and through a local community website. My upcoming science […]Read more "Why We Love Beta Readers"
It was a question to which I’ve always said no. But now that I’m trying out plotting in advance, I want some sort of metric for measuring progress. With Nineveh’s Child mostly done and awaiting release, I wanted to tighten up on the plotting end. I started Nineveh’s Child with a loose outline, but story […]Read more "To Word Count or Not to Word Count"
You take a weapon that destroys technology and sends modern folks back to the pre-industrial age, and what do you have? The perfect plot device for exploring nineteenth and early twentieth-century problems with modern sensibilities and know-how. The EMP accomplishes all that and so much more. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) has become a popular plot […]Read more "Lights Out! Fun with EMPs"
The Syfy Channel program The Expanse nails several story elements that makes it stand out in quality.Read more "The Expanse: Three Things It Gets Right"
This was the first movie me and others my age at the time had ever been fully immersed in, immersion on the level of learning a foreign language. We lived, breathed, and talked about the movie and made plans to see it again and again. We would have eaten it too, but food tie-ins weren’t much of a thing back then.Read more "Why Star Wars ’77 is the Best of the Franchise"