Happy 2019. Hope you’re recovered from the holidays and settled into the reins of a new year. On the fiction front, Beneath the Broken Moon is currently under the editor’s knife at Shawn Coyne’s Story Grid. My previous experience with an Editorial Service was, to put it politely, disappointing. (I don’t appreciate being viewed as […]Read More Settling into the reins
I’m told all the Cool Kids are into Audiobooks these days, so I’m taking my first steps in that direction. I’m happy to announce the short stories ‘Sozo’ and “A Prayer to Saint Strelok’ are now available at Amazon’s Audible and iTunes/Books. The first is a straight-razor of a story about a combat vet returning […]Read More Audiobooks and the magic of story telling
I’ve always understood ‘Beta Readers’ to be those long suffering friends and family of writers who are willing – after putting up with the author while they were writing the novel – to then read it, in its entirety, for internal consistency. They’re not copy editors or grammar nazis scrutinizing for typos and errant semicolons. […]Read More Making it easy on Beta Readers
When churched people learn I’m a stained glass artisan who also writes fiction, after they recover from the initial surprise, they often spin my vocation as some form of ministry. (After all, it’s artistic, not practical. Not ‘real’ work, eh) So my windows must be for churches and my stories about Jesus or theology. Or […]Read More Thoughts on ‘art’ as ‘ministry’
Writing-wise, 2017 was lackluster – to use a generous term. Twelve months on, I have one short story released at the last minute, birthed in a spasm of inspiration, and two larger projects stalled 20% from the finish line. So yeah. Not so hot. Why? (that perennial question) Between real life, studio work, a persistent, […]Read More Writing in a time of funk and strange.
It’s work. No getting around this. I get flowing with inspiration but most of the time you’ve got to take a deep breath, dive in and trust inspiration to follow. Writing begets writing. Anything worth doing is worth the time and effort to do well. Step back. Take a breather, fine. But don’t give up. […]Read More Three Quick Thoughts on Writing
More ‘graphs from my latest mil sf WIP, ZOMBIE SIX. SEMPER GUMBY Rucker and I watched Tien Chang burn. Not like we hadn’t seen the effects of an orbital strike before. But there’s just something about fire. We were across the river, five kilometers away, and could still hear it roar. Buildings […]Read More Semper Gumby