Naming the Bad Guy

One of the tricks to writing a good story is naming the characters, which includes the bad guys. All the greats excel at this. J.K....

Rust

Recently, I read the book, Rust: The Longest War as a research project for a new novel I plan to write soon. I presumed the subject would...

Query Again

So, after completely changing my manuscript, I'm ready to jump back into the querying trenches. Below are answers to a bunch of questions...

Save The Cat! Pin Up

When I get lost in a story that I'm writing, I sometimes turn to Jessica Brody's Save The Cat! Writes a Novel. It helps me structure my...

Happiness in a View

Given my condition, it is hard to appreciate the things. When coffee doesn't taste good. When standing is a challenge. When my good hand...

P-ZERO

“Fill me in,” Colonel van Heusen said in his gravely commanding voice. “Where did she come from?” The large man looked at the pale...

Why I Write Fiction?

Writing is a highly personal thing. You have to work hard at pouring your imagination onto a blank screen. Others will judge anything you...

What's in a Name?

I named Sam Butler after two of my best friends when I was a kid: Sam B. and J. Butler. Sorry, I'm not going to give away their full...

Why I write about nanites

When your brain is only partially working, your right hand curls up into a numb but painful claw, muscles all over your body misfire, and...

Dungeons & Dragons

Like most people, I could tell stories when I was wee little. Unfortunately most people I know either lost or failed to level up their...

Authors that Inspire Me

I grew up on science fiction and fantasy. So much of my writing is informed by Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, and Orson Scott Card....

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