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November 17, 2014

clockSo I haven’t been writing on this site. A lot was going on inthe past six or so months and this site fell by the wayside.

I wanted to drop a line here to let anyone who I’ve left behind know where I’ve landed on the web.

I am now one of the co-founders of The Writer’s Arena. It has long been a dream of mine to make a sort of “reality competition” based on writing. I got to discussing this with some other authors online, and the arena was what we came up with.

Each week, two authors must write a...

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Published on November 17, 2014 10:32 • 32 views

April 30, 2014

I have received some more fan art from the wildly talented Saher Imran based on my books. Her latest work is of Gary and it is awesome. I mean everything she does is awesome, so that’s to be expected, but her Gary painting is different somehow. I think it is her creepiest work so far, possibly because this is her first crack at a bad guy (except for the random mindless hoards of rotting things that she enjoys creating).

Please click on the image for a larger version.

Gary from Persistent Illusions

For those of you who have f...

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Published on April 30, 2014 06:00 • 64 views

April 23, 2014

SandwichesI was at a fast food sandwich shop the other day, and after I had ordered I watched the man behind the counter hurriedly throw together my meal. This involved a number of pauses to ask me what sorts of toppings and preparations I wanted on my sub. Each question was met with a lightning quick execution of whatever sauce or cheese I had requested.

Naturally this made me think of writing.

No, it really didn’t. At least not until later.

I’ve talked on here a number of times about how the craft of wr...

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Published on April 23, 2014 10:30 • 22 views

April 16, 2014

Writing ArenaSo my computer has become borked…again. It’s nothing major but the old girl has been slowing down on me and a good part of earlier this week was spent trying to figure out why unexpected crashes were occurring. Sadly I think I may have to put my current processor out to pasture. Or into the pasture? I’m not entirely sure what type of interaction with a pasture is the good one in that metaphor.

Plus, I’ve been spending a lot of time getting an astoundingly small amount of work done on another p...

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Published on April 16, 2014 10:30 • 27 views

April 9, 2014

Baseball PitcherBaseball season is underway and the other night I found myself thinking about pitching and how similar it is to writing.

I don’t have a huge store of knowledge about pitching, but I’ve heard enough announcers discuss enough guys on the mound to have some idea of what it’s all about. And the things that make up a good pitcher, as I see them now, are vastly different from what I thought was needed when I was younger.

When I was younger I assumed that the faster you could throw the ball the better...

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Published on April 09, 2014 10:30 • 39 views

April 2, 2014

FeverSo my brain is currently melting from a fever. Last night I was convinced that I was in charge of key political talks with China that were centered on me explaining how cool it was to be around when Pulp Fiction first came out.

On the one hand, yes it was pretty cool. wasn’t a household name yet and was a has-been, so to go see that movie on opening weekend was an experience I will always treasure.

On the other hand, I doubt that diplomatic talks with China would be taking pl...

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Published on April 02, 2014 10:30 • 29 views

March 26, 2014

Birds Eye ViewThe manuscript I’m currently writing is a bit of a mess. I have a lot of story and not a very clear notion of how it all fits together.

This also means that I have a lot ofscenes.I’m not entirely sure how they fit together either. And I am not referring to some overall sense of the book at large. I’m talking about a very nuts-and-bolts sense of how the various plot points intersect.

I’m constantly asking myself questions that I can’t remember the answers to.

Has Frank met Lucy yet?

Did Lloyd tell...

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Published on March 26, 2014 10:30 • 28 views

March 19, 2014

PodcastA few months ago, (a year ago?) I was interviewed by the Human Echoes Podcast. Since then the relationship between the HEP and Joseph Devon Industries has flourished and they opted to have me back on again for a second interview. The core of our discussion centers around Persistent Illusions, though we cover all the usual topics like Kate Upton and Hitler.

You can go have a listen here.I highly recommend it. Keep in mind that if you haven’t read Probability Angelsyet, there are spoilers. Thoug...

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Published on March 19, 2014 10:30 • 57 views

March 12, 2014

Writing ChallengeBook three is still coming along. I can tell I’m making progress because I have so much more first-draft content that I don’t know what to do with than ever. That’s always a good sign. However, it’s still a while from being done and I’ve had the itch recently to put out more fresh fiction for your entertainment.

With that in mind a new project is being kicked off over at The Human Echoes page.

I’ve always been a fan of shows like Top Chef, competitions where contestants have to slog through wei...

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Published on March 12, 2014 10:30 • 20 views

March 5, 2014

Writing MachingI’ve been spending a lot of time at various forums for self-publishers recently. They are a wellspring of good advice and the success that a lot of these authors have achieved is both impressive and inspiring.

They almost make it seem easy.

One post over at the Kindle Boards discusses the process of using a mailing list to build sales.The author of the post gives away the secret recipe to her marketing: 1. Write a book. 2. Send a blast to your mailing list announcing the new release. 3. Encoura...

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Published on March 05, 2014 10:30 • 32 views