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…

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…

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…

Kingdom Come? (A Poem)

One of the things that really concerns me regarding the growing divide between Americans (politically, ideologically, etc.) is the concept of “anything’s fair if we win” or “the ends justify the means.” From those sentiments comes a neverending spiral that drags everyone down. What does Batman become when he kills wantonly in order to “stop” evil?…

Writing a Story Inspired By Another Culture (AKA Why My Newest Novel Celebrates Indigenous Mythology and Culture)

As of today, I am beginning the process of querying my latest novel, Iri and the Spirit World, a Young Adult Fantasy set in Tdhoro, where explorative tribal cultures coexist with mighty elemental spirits whose power comes from their color. Much of my inspiration for this novel comes from my lifelong study of Native American mythology,…

Tapestry (Or How I Came This Far)

As I believe I have mentioned in the past, much of my writing time has been focused on finishing prep on my newest novel (RUNNER) as I will be querying it within the next few days. Nonetheless, I’ve found an itch to do something that I haven’t done in quite some time (i.e. years): write…

Top 10 Writing Songs of 2017

Hello, friends! It has been a while since my last post… BUT THAT’S BECAUSE I FINISHED ANOTHER BOOK! Truth be told, I had the option of setting aside blog posts for a time to focus on finishing RUNNER or keep doing what I was doing, pushing completion further out. Ultimately, we all know what I chose….

Hall-Who-Ween Episode List: Night 1

Hello friends! As I discussed on Monday, I wanted to take a little time to share the episode list for each week’s Hall-Who-ween showing. For more info on what I’m talking about, you can find a full write-up HERE! For each episode shown, I’ll provide a little insight into why I picked it and why …