Sometimes you solve all the other problems, not this one.
No good teacher worth their salt says "Don't do X." They say, "If you do X, this is what's involved."
My new fantasy/adventure novel (well, it's a lot more than that, really) is now available on Kindle and in print.
Proof edits on 'Fall Of The Hammer' almost done. It was worth it.
'Fall Of The Hammer' inches yet closer to release. Just a few lingering changes, and a lesson learned from same.
On the terror of facing a blank page (or screen), for the N-th time.
Me vs. doing sequels, yet again.
The alterna-past setting and backstory for my new novel, 'Fall Of The Hammer'.
How my new novel 'Fall Of The Hammer' started from a project I'd abandoned over twenty-five years ago.
How much of a debt I owe not to science fiction or fantasy, but another genre: the hard-boiled noir.
Meaning, go straight to the good stuff and don't make people wait.
Some progress notes in re the latest novel, Fall Of The Hammer.
What does it mean to say that I want to tell a given story about a given person or a given thing? Why me and not someone else? What do I bring to the table?
On new work in progress.
I never want to make the argument that we should refrain from making things easier as some kind of hedge against mediocrity.
Welcome to the latest release of my wiki/org tool for writers and creative folks.
Naming things. Especially stories.
It never helps to force a story to be about something.
I never wanted to be a "Zen SF&F author". If I did receive that label, I think I'd be very unhappy about it.
If I was a filmmaker, my latest book would be at what could be the "answer print" phase. Done, but not quite *done*.
Why SF&F have something to teach us even when it isn't "real".
If people critique your themes or intentions, that's a sign you've leveled up.
On the idea of: "Writers are liars and fabricators, but not b.s.'ers."
More on how most writers are not good givers of writerly feedback. Few people are.
On how my friend and fellow writer Matt is against the idea of the "hook" as a narrative mechanism.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind