My Interview on the Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast

My Interview on the Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast

Ever wondered just how much of a spaz I am in real life? Wonder no more! Listen to me tragically mix metaphors and mispronounce words on the Rocking Self- Publishing Podcast, hosted by the very charming Simon Whistler. (Seriously, this guy has the voice of Bond villain and I mean it as a compliment.) [Click here.] (My apologies to anyone’s name I left out or said incorrectly. Sorry!) Shout out to the following peeps! Clinton – Comedy4cast Podcast Lindsay, Joe, and Jeff – Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast And all the other folks that I may not have mentioned...
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...
Finding the Best Word for the Job – Guest Post by Rayne Hall

Finding the Best Word for the Job – Guest Post by Rayne Hall

Anyone that’s visited this site knows of my rapid support for the Rayne Hall’s Writer’s Craft series. While I work diligently to put the finishing touches on Allies and Enemies: Exiles (due out by the end of March), check out the brilliant guest post Rayne’s this week. Learn more about Rayne Hall by visiting her site (raynehall.com) or checking her out on the ‘Zon.   FINDING THE BEST WORD FOR THE JOB   by Rayne Hall Specific words make a story vivid because they paint a clear picture for the reader. “A woman with a dog” creates only a vague...

Big Things. Small Beginnings.

How do you get your ideas for stories? I have a long-winded answer to this common question. To answer, we have to hop into our DeLorean and travel back to the late 90s. Like much of cable programming at the time a “science fiction news” show was in heavy repeat on one of the channels. Unlike my favorite protagonist, I lack an eidetic memory. I cannot recall the name of the show. That memory file is corrupt in my brainbox. But what I do remember is this: Harlan Ellison seated in a bookstore window typing out (on a typewriter—how retro!)...
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)....
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...

More Dragon Awards Coverage

  I admit. I’m not terribly versed in the whole “sad puppies” controversy. But being a part of fandom, I’m not surprised that it happened. I’ve seen the seedy underbelly and political wrangling that can happen at cons. I’m just happy to BE here. Can’t we all just get along? Nominees Revealed for First Dragon Awards