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"
Past a Spinning Star was first published in 2003 at Anotherealm and won that year’s Editor Choice Award. I had a reader ask me about the movie “Passengers,” which was written in 2007 by John Spaihts. The film has several similarities, but enough differences. I’ll let you decide which you prefer.
I posted Past a Spinning Star here on Wattpad. If you have a moment, please click the link and give it an upvote! Thanks!Read more "Past a Spinning Star – A Short Story"
Caesar Augustus helped popularize a Greek phrase that can translate to “Make Haste Slowly.” This is my preferred route to take when writing. The wisdom I glean from the “write as quickly as you can” authors is to be deliberate, limit distractions, and set goals.Read more "I’m Going to Write a Novel in One Day (and Other Lies)"
Dark Matter was everywhere in 2016: in the news, on television, and in several books. At the beginning of the year I read Lisa Randall’s Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe. This accessible look into the relationship between life on Earth and the large-scale parts of the universe that seem […]Read more "A Trifecta of Dark Matter"