Writing a story is akin to an abstract painting in a number of ways. You are, indeed, directly telling others what is happening…but you are also communicating how it feels to be there. Take a look at this lovely Monet. It is a depiction of a seaside cliff, yes, but it also tells you howContinue reading “Atmosphere in Writing”
My dark fantasy novel is now out for eBook preorder! It will be out on November 21! Paperback release forthcoming. This dark fantasy novel is the first book of the Paladin Trilogy. Dark powers are on the move in a world on the brink of chaos… Paladin Valen has hunted the broken remnants of theContinue reading “Announcing Doomwalker”
When it comes to writing sci-fi, there are lots of ways to create interesting planets that are not “one biome from Earth, but everywhere”. This perfectly respectable in soft sci-fi and may be possible for the likes of ice planets (Hoth) or desert planets (Tatooine), considering the conditions that create tundra and dune seas. They’dContinue reading “Earth-Moon Weirdness”
Enjoy your spooky day! I am entirely too busy to celebrate properly, so I’m looking to all you out on the internet to make up for it. Big book news coming soon!
I stumbled across this wonderful space opera by stumbling across the author on social media, going on to prove that Twitter is not only poisonous. It really is a great series, hitting all the crazy space opera notes you might want. What does the Sun Eater series offer? Well. What are our space opera staples?Continue reading “Book Review: The Sun Eater Series”
Not presently, but I recently got a new job and it looks like the best course of action is another go at force-morning-person-ness. This will probably work out for the best in many respects. This is all tied to meetings (ones where people are nominally polite to all participants, which has been a culture shock)Continue reading “Meetings Every 12 Hours”
This one is a trip, let me tell ya. Eric Flint and David Drake seemed to have decided that they want to fix history and this is the result. With a bit of sci-fi twist as a catalyst.
To write, at any rate. Atmosphere is up to you. I have a theory based on…not much, to be honest…that a lot of writers stick to, say, college or coffee shop stories or such because writing action scenes scares them. (This is an epidemic in some corners of fandom.) This limits you as a writerContinue reading “Action Scenes Don’t Have to be Scary”
When it comes to ‘ye olden times in space’, things have grown repetitive for frequent readers of science fiction. How many times can one read ‘Horatio Hornblower in SPAAACE’? Most of the subgenre seems to fall into that category. I never had much stomach for that and I’m one of the few sci-fi readers whoContinue reading “Book Review: The Shikari Series”
We all know how people speak. It’s messy, more rapid-fire than you realize at the time, and conversations seem to flow in one long string. This is not how you write dialogue.