A little late on my weekend post. Shoo.... Now that we have snow covering the driveway, I've got a smile on, a mug of hot chocolate, and time to process some thoughts. I had the idea to give a 2018 books-I-read post that would evolve into reviews of the series I consumed last year. I … Continue reading Lukewarm
I've always considered Princess Penelope to be a working title, but I liked the title "Two Crowns" when doing my brainstorming over the summer. I just finished compiling a bunch of my research material into Scrivener, my preferred writing software. For me, that's a great thing. It means forward momentum! I took a few minutes … Continue reading Two Crowns: Book 1 of The Tale of Princess Penelope
Just a quick note to the world that I'm alive and kicking (maybe not kicking, but definitely getting ready to kick myself for living on a hill as the snow comes...) Brigette and I at the beach in Cape May, NJ I've got grand intentions for a newsletter update, but the short version is: 2018 … Continue reading Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019
Thank you. This concept has been unsettling to me, and I needed some outside thoughts to clarify my opinion and thinking. And naturally, as a writer, I want to write about a BAW (big @$$ wall) in every one of my stories. Maybe it’s a virus that needs inoculation?
I’ve just started reading Sabriel by Garth Nix. I’m not far into it enough to comment on the story’s overall quality, but I came across something early on.
The land is divided.
By a big-ass wall.
Separating the north from the south.
And now I’m finally asking somebody to explain to me: Why do we keep writing about this?
What is our collective obsession with giant mounds of stone and dirt forming stretch marks across the landscape?
In A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, we have a huge wall dividing the frozen north from the cultivated south of Westeros.
In Codex Alera by Jim Butcher, we have a huge wall dividing the frozen north from the cultivated south of Alera. We have another wall dividing the Marat lands in the north from the Calderon Valley in the south.
In Lord of the…
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What a year! I just sent my latest author update to email subscribers, so make sure you're part of the court to hear the latest. As we roll down 2017, I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, and Happy New Year. To everyone, the same admonishment made over 2000 years ago: Peace on … Continue reading Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2018
I'd apologize for the delay in posting, but let's call a spade a spade: I'm awful at consistently blogging, and I've been buckling down in some other areas. One of my life mantras: This or that. We're just not built to be great multi-taskers! First, exciting announcement #1: The Girl and the Golden Mirror is … Continue reading The Girl & The Golden Mirror, Ascent of the Fallen update, and more!
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
One of my favorite questions to wrestle with is identity. For men, this often takes form as: Am I enough? Can I come through? Beneath each of those questions is the foundation in our thinking of who we are. Are we self-made? Forged in fire? Or genuinely accepted in spite of anything we could do? … Continue reading Identity
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
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