That’s a Lot of World to Build: Lessons from Writing a Six-Book Series (Part One)

My main writing project last year become THE SKYWARD SAGA, a six novel + two short story adventure starring a young woman and a murderous alien. You know, the kind of story that comes along all the time. As we’re coming near the close of the story, I’m taking a look at what I’ve learned […]

The Joys of Writing In Advance

I wanted to try something different with The Skyward Saga  – a title which I’ll either italicize or capitalize depending on the amount of coffee I’ve had while writing the post, you guess which means what – namely, writing almost all of the books in advance before publishing a single one. This has a couple of […]

The Challenge of Relative Fun

Every day starts with an onslaught of choices, tasks, and, in my house, attacks from clawed felines. There’s the standard issue stuff – making breakfast, ingesting as much caffeine as possible, staring at the ceiling and wishing for just one more hour of sleep. And then there’s the interesting bits, what actually gets done not by necessity […]

Ray Bradbury’s Gabriel’s Horn and the other side of Sci-Fi

It’s common in the ol’ realm of science fiction to have spaceships. To have lasers and stars and monstrous alien creatures battling hordes of space marines in galaxy-spanning wars. Technology is often at the core, and devices that would seem like magic to us are used like we use our phones now. The story starts […]

Tomb Raider and character through action

We’ve seen so many of them – the fast-moving sequence where a character dashes, dodges, darts and dives through one stunt after another, with maybe a pinch of violence thrown in there to spice things up. It’s hard to find an original action sequence these days, and harder still to find one that helps build […]

What “Last Week Tonight” teaches me about Exposition

Wait, I hear you saying: this here is a nonfiction show! It’s got comedy, sure, but the crux of what Oliver’s doing is spreading facts! Guess what, folks: Novels, short stories, and comics are in the same business. The sole difference is the world to which those facts apply. For folks who don’t know, Last Week […]