Have Some Character

So you’ve decided you want to write a novel and you’ve picked your genre, remembering that it’s OK (even encouraged) to blend genres a little. Now it’s time to talk about the people who you will be writing about for the next 300-ish pages. The Third Thing: Characters Remember that story about that person who did that thing in that place? They were so something, … Continue reading Have Some Character

So You Want to Write a Book

I can hear you now, reviled dear reader: “I went to John Hodgman’s book signing in Washington DC last month and heard him gently mock a listener who insisted that he wanted to write a novel… so that he could say he had written a novel. What am I supposed to write about?” Ah. That grand question. As I recall, it was even the topic … Continue reading So You Want to Write a Book

Game Mastering: or, the art of herding cats

We’ve all been there: You spend the weekend reading the next chapter of your current role playing module, cross reference all of the NPCs and monsters with their stat blocks and lore connections, come up with a list of potential plot hooks, and build a complex dialogue tree for your players to explore as they interact with the lord of the manor. Or maybe you … Continue reading Game Mastering: or, the art of herding cats

Starting Splintered Demons

A good night of writing. Got through my usual 1000 words in about an hour and a half. Splintered Demons is starting off to be a tense thriller set aboard a derelict space ship which has recently returned from passing through hell… oh, sorry… that’s the plot of Event Horizon. Still, Splintered Demons is going to spend much of its time aboard the Spire as … Continue reading Starting Splintered Demons

Solaris

I’ve been mildly obsessed with the story of Solaris for several years now. Originally told in a 1961 Polish novel which was never adequately translated into English, adapted into a thoughtful but painfully slow Russian film in 1972, and again into a 2002 American film which had the misfortune to be marketed as an erotic thriller, this is a captivating tale of miscommunication and existential … Continue reading Solaris

Planning Dyson’s Angel 2: Part 1 – Where We Stand

I haven’t settled down on which novel I will write next, but one strong contender is the sequel to Dyson’s Angel. I ended Dyson’s Angel on cliffhanger after finally gathering all of my characters together into one place. I actually worry a little that some readers might be disappointed in the structure of the novel, as I intentionally structured it to be closer to a … Continue reading Planning Dyson’s Angel 2: Part 1 – Where We Stand

Why Shore Leave is Dangerous

Where to even begin? Following the near disaster of the cove, we sailed as quickly as we could to the nearest port city, hoping to regain the trail of the Egyptian assassins that Amadi 🗡 🗡 had been tracking. For my part, I hoped to find some means of finding passage to Egypt so I might continue my search for magical weapons which might help me … Continue reading Why Shore Leave is Dangerous

What’s Next? (August 2017)

Having finished the first draft of A Cold Day to Drown, the time has come to look at upcoming projects for the next year or so… Ongoing Projects Audiobooks I’m in the midst of recording the audiobook for The Staff of Moses. It’ll probably take me another week or two to finish that, after which I’ll continue recoding audiobooks. A Cold Day to Drown: The Graphic Novel … Continue reading What’s Next? (August 2017)