Book 1? Check (Antithesis/Kabrakan Day 475)

One Down. Five to go. And hot damn does it feel good to say that. I must apologize for my delinquency–I utterly failed in my journalistic duty to document the progress of this book over the last month, when I have actually been writing every day. I found myself over-scheduled,… Continue reading

Last Chance For Cool Writing Stuff!

Well, here we are, at the end of the year, and all things, good and bad, do close out at the end. Some of them, like the calendar, roll over and renew. Others will be gone forever. Some of those things we might bid “good riddance,” but some of them…well,… Continue reading

These Words Don’t Hurt

I posted the other day about writing through a nasty injury to my hand, and how every word hurt to type, but not as much as it hurt to not write. Well, that state of affairs didn’t last long. After a day of solid work, the bruised, abused, and atrophied… Continue reading

When Every Word Hurts

Today is my first day back writing after five days away. A good thing, too. So many amazing stories have been knocking around in my brain after the difficulties last year, that I’m just dying to get them all told. It wasn’t exactly a voluntary absence–I had finally just clawed… Continue reading

Blogging Book 3 (Antithesis/Kabrakan)

So, I’ve got a big book in front of me. One that I’ve been avoiding for years because, frankly, I’m afraid of it. When I finished writing Free Will (soon to be The Vindicators), I was exhausted. Elated, happy, triumphant, yes, all of these. But exhausted, too. I’d never written… Continue reading

The Write Stuff

If, like me, you love writing, you may have noticed that, when you get to a certain point, writing isn’t just about writing (if it ever was in the first place). It starts to eat your life. Ideas come faster than you can write them down, you start to accumulate… Continue reading

On Facing West

I am finishing up The Auto Motive tonight and tomorrow, and as I write, I face west. Whenever possible, I always write facing West. Facing the sunset. Looking out at the sun dipping behind the ocean, behind the horizon. Literature, stories, fiction, they’re the business illusion. Like the sunset. The… Continue reading

Other People’s Sandboxes

Every time I turn around, I see more shared worlds popping up. What used to be a fairly limited market dominated by media and RPG tie-in novels (Star Trek, Star Wars, Dragonlance, etc.) is going mainstream. I suspect this is partly because the changes in the publishing industry make it… Continue reading

Tinker, Tailor, Topple, Die

So, you want to make your work–book, movie, sculpture, whatever–perfect, don’t you? You want it to shine. And you’re going to polish it, rewrite it, re-imagine it, and retcon it every chance you get? Or maybe you just can’t resist adding those few last-minute flourishes? Well, you’re in good company.… Continue reading

Playing Jazz With Words

You hear a lot of talk of “discovery writers” and “outliners” in the writing world. The “pantsers” and the “plotters,” respectively. It’s true that there are a lot of people that fall into both categories–including many of my friends–and human nature loves dichotomies, but I’ve never fit comfortably either, and… Continue reading