What’s in a Name? (4 Ways to Create Character Names)

What’s in a Name? (4 Ways to Create Character Names)

Fiction writers have a unique problem when compared to writers of non-fiction: names. If you’re writing a biography of someone’s life, the name game or what to call your character (i.e. the subject of the biography) is pretty much a done deal. But as a science fiction author, I have often found myself pondering the problem of what to call a character. If you’re in the same boat, your character’s names don’t always jump out at you. You know what they’re all about and what purpose they serve in your story, but you don’t know if they’re a Tom, Dick...
Dragon Awards Follow up

Dragon Awards Follow up

To the many tens of people following my posts out there (*waves*), you may be aware that Allies and Enemies: Fallen was recently a finalist for Best Military SciFi Novel at the 2016 Dragon Awards hosted by Dragon Con. I have to admit it, I’m still on a bit of a high over that. There were some pretty impressive names on that list of finalists. The honor went to David Weber in my category. No big surprise there. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s cool to be on any list like that. I had a very...
Allies and Enemies: Fallen on the Ballot for the Dragon Con Awards!

Allies and Enemies: Fallen on the Ballot for the Dragon Con Awards!

This year marks the debut of the Dragon Con Awards and my book, Allies and Enemies: Fallen made the ballot in the “Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel” category. (Weird combo, I know. But so awesome!) What the heck is a Dragon Con you ask? Based in Atlanta, GA and traditionally taking place over the Labor Day holiday, it is the largest fan-run multi-genre conventions in the nation. Think: San Diego ComiCon of the southeastern US. The list has really fabulous talent on it, and like they say at the Oscars, “It’s an honor to just be nominated.” Want to...

5 Things I Wish I Knew About Self-Publishing One Year Ago

It’s been a little over a year since this little self publishing experiment of mine got launched. Time flies when you’re stressing out over the small stuff like compulsively checking your Amazon sales and agonzing over how (or even if) to purchase promotions. One of my former employers once likened the internet to the wild west. That was nearly a decade ago. Because the ‘net ages in terms of dog years, some order has come to the chaos. The rules that run things seem to come out of no where and possess a life of their own. I’m no expert. I’m...

Break Time is Over!

So, things have been a little quiet on my end. Truth be told: I needed a vacation after my vacation. I took a mental holiday from writing for a while. For non-writers, it might be a little hard to imagine writing as stressful. What can be the big deal? Just sit at a keyboard and write. It’s not rocket science. Unless, of course, you’re writing about rocket science. But when you’re indy published like me, there’s a constant battle between creativity and productivity/self-promoting. How do you find time for both? When do you know which is more important? I see...