When should you be aggressive about passive voice?

When should you be aggressive about passive voice?

Like any other writer that has the grammar and punctuation tools active while using Word, I’m sure you’ve seen the annoying blue squiggly line with the warning “passive voice, consider revising” message pop up in your editing. Most of the time (for me at least) I did not elect to phrase things that way; it just sort of happened. I don’t consciously think of verb tense when I write. It’s like driving into your day job; you go on auto-pilot. In retrospect, you may not even recall stopping for any traffic lights along the way (which is a bit frightening)....
Happy Book Birthday!!!

Happy Book Birthday!!!

Hard to believe it, but a year ago I published the first book in my space opera series, Allies and Enemies: Fallen! As a way of saying thanks to all who have supported this endeavor, I’m listing the ebook for FREE on Amazon. Stay tuned for exciting news on the next installment in the series, Allies and Enemies: Exiles! FacebookTwitterGoogle+E-mail
Writing with ADD: the Pomodoro Technique

Writing with ADD: the Pomodoro Technique

Writing with ADD: the Pomodoro Technique Like many folks, it wasn’t until adulthood that I was diagnosed as an adult with ADD. With this discovery, a great many mysteries about my childhood (especially high school) were suddenly resolved. It explained my ability to “hyperfocus” on certain projects, becoming completely absorbed to the point of obsession while my attention would drift about erratically when it came to day-to-day events. To this end, I believe it’s why it took me nearly 10 years to finish my first book. It’s why I can recall verbatim all the dialogue from movies or TV shows...
Sucksville: Four Ways to Combat Editing Frumpiness

Sucksville: Four Ways to Combat Editing Frumpiness

You’ve finished the first draft of your book. Hooray for you! *Fist bumps all around.* But if you’re anything like me, you now find yourself faced with the dreaded editing phase of your work. I’d rather run and hide. What is it about editing that makes it so hard? Maybe it’s the part where you make yourself sit in one place with your nose pressed into the mess of sentences you thought made sense at the time. Or perhaps it’s the fact that mentally you’ve “moved on” from this story and you’re eager to get going on the first draft...
Sparking Creativity: 4 Ways to Jog Your Imagination

Sparking Creativity: 4 Ways to Jog Your Imagination

We’ve all been there. You have a deadline looming, or maybe you’re just viciously aware that you have to write something… anything. But it’s just not flowing out of your brain and onto your keyboard. It’s not exactly writer’s block, but it’s this gray area of wanting to write, but just not kicking the logjam of words loose. I’ve tried all of the common advice out there—take a walk, paint/draw a picture, go watch a movie. As a person with ADD, losing your creative spark is a dangerous thing. You end up falling down the rabbit hole of Twitter or...
Allies and Enemies: Fallen in Star Heroes Box Set – Now Available!

Allies and Enemies: Fallen in Star Heroes Box Set – Now Available!

What do a NY Times, USA Today and a Dragon Award Finalist have in common? This awesome boxset, that’s what! Launched today, Star Heroes: 9 Novels of Space Exploration and Adventure is a steal at 99¢! (FREE for Kindle Unlimited). If you crave space opera excitement, download it today.  Star Heroes is a space opera collection with nine novels of the galactic frontier. Exploration, alien invasions, genetic engineering, and artificial intelligence–it’s all here. Blast off with these adventures by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors with one click! Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker In this fast-paced space adventure,...
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...