Exiles of Heaven: Sneak Peek

This week I've got a sneak peek at Exiles of Heaven, Book 2 in the Chronicles of Outremer series. I'm in the editing process so some of this may change in final form, but I thought it was a good segment to include. If you're a newsletter subscriber you saw this in my 1st quarter … Continue reading Exiles of Heaven: Sneak Peek

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Serial Goodness: Comparing Hit TV Now and Then

My wife and I watch TV. We're American, right? We've come to know the excitement of a new series, the heart-pangs of a long-running series ending, and the all-to-frequent sigh of "Well, that was a good season and we'll never see it again. Thanks for axing that one." We were fans of The Office. We … Continue reading Serial Goodness: Comparing Hit TV Now and Then

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

Zorro, King Arthur, John McClain, and Crafting Combat

(This photo isn't too far from the truth: I had mock-ups of who is where in Exiles of Heaven) Ascent of the Fallen has a handful of fight scenes, and most of those were reasonably easy to visualize and write. When I got to Exiles of Heaven though, my skills were challenged. It's hard work to craft … Continue reading Zorro, King Arthur, John McClain, and Crafting Combat