The Tow

I’m doing some prep work on a book right now that will involve adventure racing, so I’m reading books and articles. Steve and I are watching various edgy races as well. A race team is only as fast as its slowest member, so it makes sense that teams try to find ways to help slower…

A Trolley Problem for Writers

A friend of mine wrote a book on how he became a top selling Amazon writer within the last four years and it’s a fun read so far. I don’t think of him as this funny in real life. But that is the value of editing first drafts, I suppose, you can heighten the funny…

NaNoWriMo Goes Virtual

A friend of mine who had a small publishing empire before self-pub was a thing, memorably said in response to being questioned on whether she would participate in NaNoWriMo that year: “No. Every month is NaNoWriMo to me.” I always admired and was a bit intimidated by that remark. Would it ever be the case…

Graphic Stories

You’ve heard about graphic novels and just plain old novels. But there is something else around that is different. There’s no market for this as far as I know. But a number of 3D enthusiasts use Daz 3D to create graphic stories. These are stories where the narrative takes a profoundly second place to the…

Not All Trolls…

I woke up this morning thinking about the problem of trolls. Then I accidentally stumbled into news and visuals from the west before my morning tea. My soul is rent by the fires sweeping through the west. Be safe, friends. I am holding hope and love in my heart for you. On to the problem…

New Life for Old Projects

I have a short story due in about a week for the Fantasy Intensive next weekend, plus a few gaming articles to get done in the next couple of weeks and incorporating the editors suggestions for the gaming supplement we wrote. Those have my full attention. Plus I have a long list of other things…

Religion in Stories

Yesterday I talked about my excessive fear of offending people as self-centered, which it is. It is neatly disguised as other-directed, but in my case my primary concern is with people liking me rather than their own feelings. This is work I need to do on my self to become a better person and a…

Nine: Truth, Lies, and Writers Block

It’s been a blissful weekend and it continues today. We will hike, eat, play games, and so forth. Last night we watched Nine. The story is primarily about writers block, which is the problem writer/director Guido Contini faces as he tries to write his ninth movies. He’s had wild success but his last two films…

No Frigate Like a Book

I sent Caedmon’s naval story to Mia Kleve, my editor. My group read the second third and liked it, which is a wonderful thing. They even liked the portion of the story that I was worried might offend them. But it turned out to be their favorite part. Which just goes to show that self-censorship…

Writing In the Discomfort Zone

There’s something to be said for writing in one’s comfort zone. For one thing, writing into the dark is much easier because the brain already knows the way. I write better as well. But learning new skills requires some push and that’s what the last few weeks have been. I promise you, it normally doesn’t…