The Girl and the Golden Mirror Cover Design: Feedback Requested

For anyone who see's it here first, I'm requesting feedback on my latest cover design over at my Facebook Page. If you haven't already, you can Follow me there and see more frequent (though possibly less focused!) activity. Many thanks to Joanna Penn and The Book Designer for tips & tricks! Image credit: Travis Chapman!

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Shooting The Devil: Strategy, Tactics, and Tips For Crafting Compelling Combat in Your Novel

I've had this post in the wings for a while, trying to "strategerize" how best to communicate the message. Guest post? Breaking it up into smaller bits? New website? I figured it was worth getting something out there for now, and I may revisit the content in different forms later. This is primarily written for … Continue reading Shooting The Devil: Strategy, Tactics, and Tips For Crafting Compelling Combat in Your Novel

Donald Trump is the Best Thing to Happen to Authors

But before we get into that, an uplifting moment. We've had unusually good weather the past week here in Maryland, and I've tried to take advantage of morning/evening walks when I could. This is a delightfully comfortable evening stroll in our neck of the woods. Great opportunity to decompress from the day and try to … Continue reading Donald Trump is the Best Thing to Happen to Authors

A Boy and His Dragon: Inspiration in Florida and the Author Mindset by Steven Pressfield

I've been a bad kid. Kind of. We ended up executing a slight change of plans last week that turned a family visit into more of a holiday, taking advantage of several opportunities that fell into our laps. As such, I did what every diligent writer does: take a break! During our stay in Orlando, … Continue reading A Boy and His Dragon: Inspiration in Florida and the Author Mindset by Steven Pressfield

Author at Play: Unplugging from the Machine & a 2nd Draft Update

While I have a general plan that keeps me tracking on my writing projects, sometimes the story just pulls you along. Steven Pressfield would probably call that The Muse. Many call it 'flow'. For me it was just joy. I have three major tasks set before me this season with Thorium Publishing: mature and grow … Continue reading Author at Play: Unplugging from the Machine & a 2nd Draft Update

A Bloody Good Map: Cartography Related to the Chronicles of Outremer

I read a good deal of high fantasy, typically works containing elements similar to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and such. One of the fun parts of any fantasy novel is the map. Usually found just after the title pages, the map gives the reader context. It provides a framework to orient the story … Continue reading A Bloody Good Map: Cartography Related to the Chronicles of Outremer