So… now what?

So… now what?

I admit it. I’m a little lost right now. Allies and Enemies: Exiles just launched, completing a story arc that’s been swimming around in my head for over a decade. It was a fantastic experience. So, now I’m at a crossroads of sorts. I’m not the speed demon writer like some of my indie author compatriots. (Finishing a “short” story of 17,000 words just about drove me batty. BTW, it’s called “A Simple Thing” and it’ll be in a sci-fi anthology out later this summer.) I’d like to focus my energies on a new project– got quite a few ideas...
What is space opera?

What is space opera?

Recently, I was asked why I moved from military science fiction to space opera in my book series. The question surprised me actually. I did not realize that I’d done this. Had I?  To me, the two genres exist in a blurry realm for me: one cannot exist without the other and one just involves more explosions and soldiers. I envision this umbrella term of “space opera” and under it are all these categories like steampunk, cyberpunk, galactic empire, military sci-fi. My own impression is that it’s the opposite of hard science fiction (a genre that requires slide rulers to understand...
Let’s Celebrate with a FREE Download

Let’s Celebrate with a FREE Download

As you might have heard, the third book in the Allies and Enemies series, Allies and Enemies: Exiles is due out at the end of this month. It’s available in pre-order on Amazon right now. (Big thank you to everyone that’s pre-ordered already.) To celebrate, I’m offering the first book in the series, Allies and Enemies: Fallen, for FREE on Amazon until 3/19/2017. Chances are high that if you’re reading this, you’ve already read Fallen, but why not send my link for a free download to a friend or three? FacebookTwitterGoogle+E-mail
Keeping it real

Keeping it real

Recently, I was interviewed for the Rocking Self-Publishing podcast by the charming Simon Whistler. (The podcast should air on 3/30. I say should because I’d like to give Simon an easy out in case he realizes what a spaz I am.) This was a fantastic experience for me. Not only was it lots of fun chatting with Simon, but he asked some excellent questions. During the interview, I had the chance to discuss my personal philosophies on being an indie-author and ran through my Top 5 Elements of Middling Success or How to Fail Upwards. (I’m still working on the...
Self-Editing or How to Keep Your Brain From Eating Itself

Self-Editing or How to Keep Your Brain From Eating Itself

I got my edits back from my very patient and all too kind editor. And now is when the blood-letting starts. For me receiving my edits is a lot like report cards week at school—exciting and full of dread. You know you did your best, but you worry about any nasty surprises that may be in there. (Fun Fact: I got a D in typing my Freshman year. TYPING!!!! Can you believe it?!) As writers, we are our own worst critics. We like to imagine the worst and allow that to feast on our brains. Any “nasty surprises” I dread...
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...