Thoughts from Isolation

So I’ve been living the isolation life for almost a week now, experiencing the strange mental state that some have called plague mindset. The easiest way to summarize the feeling is the innate sense that something is very wrong. So very wrong, in fact, that you feel an urge to act…except that the best thing…

UPCOMING!

Life most assuredly caught up with me, but I’m finally putting together some content I’ve wanted to write for a while. Namely, some reviews, both micro and regular. Here’s a tease of what I’ll be reviewing: Pyre by Supergiant Games Born a Crime by Trevor Noah Control by Remedy Book Scavenger by Jessica Chambliss Bertman…

Sometimes Great Beginnings Start with Stops

I’ve been writing for many years. If you want to be very specific, the first creative work I specifically remember making of my own accord was a three-page poem about wolves that I wrote in the third grade. I kept going after that, writing predominantly for fun until I suddenly found that writing was an…

NEW POST COMING THIS WEEK

So sorry for the massive delay on this folks! Turns out that starting a high profile technical writing gig, still finishing your newest book, looking for a new house, and then buying a new house is REALLY TIME CONSUMING. Nonetheless, I’ll have a new proper post this week about artistry, grit, and the need for…

Post and a Poem: Sad is Brave

First things first: it’s been a while since I’ve posted, and for that, I apologize. I could tell you that “a lot has happened since last post,” which would be true. Through a minor miracle, I started a new contract as a freelance technical writer. And, thanks to a lot of hard work (plus some…

Does Every Story Need a Villain? Exploring a Narrative Without an Antagonist

You would be relatively hard pressed, especially within the topic spaces of science fiction and fantasy, to find narratives that do NOT hinge around the actions of a villain. The Lord of the Rings has Sauron. Harry Potter and the [ALL OF THEM] have Voldemor…He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Star Wars has Darth Vader, the Emperor, Kylo Ren (sorta), and Snoke (for…

The Sun’s on the Side of the Road (A Poem)

The idea for this came from something simple: a piece of broken mirror on the side of the highway that nearly blinded me while driving. Pained, I exclaimed, “Ugh, it’s like the sun’s on the side of the road!” And something about the rhythm of that phrase stuck with me. As I thought more about…