Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2013 Recap

This past week and weekend saw the 21st Pikes Peak Writers Conference come and go. Since I’m on the steering committee for next year’s PPWC, I asked tons of people how things were going to look for ways to improve, maintain, or fix the conference. The responses I received were overwhelmingly positive. Long-time attendees said ...

No Posting This Week

Sorry folks, but I’ll be ignoring my blog this week. It’s for a good reason. This week is the Pikes Peak Writers Conference. I’ll be moderating 3 or 4 sessions, presenting in 2 others, and acting as host for 2 open table conversations. I’m also doing some transportation duty to get folks between the airport ...

My Obligatory Hugo Post

The nominations for the Hugo award to be given out at LoneStarCon 3 were announced a few weeks back. I’m just now getting around to this post about who I’m voting for. I’m not posting this in any sort of attempt to “stuff the ballot” or influence folks. If I somehow influence my fellow voters ...

Monday Muse: 2013-04-08

From time to time, my muse rears her head and talks to me. I’ve managed to capture some of these conversations and am sharing them with you. I will warn you that my muse is a potty-mouth. I have no control over what she tells me. Sorry. Muse: *leaning back on the pillow with a ...

My Outlining Process

My Outlining Process
When I outline, I like to do it by hand. I scribble out some key plot points that chain together to make the overall plot. Sometimes the points are simple, one liners. Sometimes I’ll go a little more in-depth and scribble out a paragraph or so. I have this very nice leather-bound journal my wife got for ...

The Next Venture

I’m about to launch into outlining the third book in the Laurin trilogy. However, neither of the first two books are anywhere near getting published. I have no agent. I have no editor. I don’t have any “hot leads” on either front for Laurin’s story. I’ve been told that writing a sequel to an unsold ...