Book Review: In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

Winter is always the season when I read most. When you combine winter with the soul-crushing difficulty of quarantine life, reading becomes even more appealing! I received many terrific books for Christmas/my birthday and while I won’t be writing reviews for all of them, I wanted to take a little time to discuss those that…

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…

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…