February 2022

Superstars Writing Seminars 2022 – After Action Report

2022-02-14T12:12:39-07:00February 14th, 2022|Aell & Stiles, Conferences, Superstars|

Overview Superstars Writing Seminars (SSWS) 2022 was this past week. It ran from Wednesday, February 9th through Saturday, February 12th. I was there for all four days, and it was the best writing conference I've ever attended. That's saying quite a bit. Between 8 years of Pikes Peak Writers Conferences, [...]

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June 2020

April 2017

Self-Imposed Stress

2017-04-16T13:01:30-06:00April 16th, 2017|Aell & Stiles, Conferences, Pikes Peak Writers|

An interesting thing about stress, especially self-imposed stress. I desperately wanted to get a new novel finished by Pikes Peak Writers Conference, so I'd have something fresh to pitch to the various agents/editors in attendance. To pull this off, I'd have to write about 1200 words a day, every day [...]

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May 2014

A Fear: Writing the Other

2014-05-09T15:32:23-06:00May 9th, 2014|Aell & Stiles, Writin' 'n' Ramblin'|

I've started work on a new sword & sorcery series. I have a map of the city. I have back story of the city. I have scant character outlines. I know how the two protagonists met. I've worked up key side characters and vital locations. I've outlined the plot of [...]

September 2013

Deadline #1 — CRUSHED!

2013-09-26T17:49:42-06:00September 27th, 2013|Aell & Stiles|

I had set a deadline of Sept. 30th for finishing the map for the Egan & Stiles stories. As of last night, it's done. You can see a small version of my efforts below. Click the image to enlarge. Map of the City of Mesnick You'll probably notice [...]


2013-09-25T21:42:04-06:00September 25th, 2013|Aell & Stiles, Writin' 'n' Ramblin'|

I think I figured out why I'm in such a writing slump. I've not set a deadline for my writing in a long time. Yes, I've had Day Job deadlines, and PPW Contest deadlines, but I've not had any hard dates set for when I want a piece of prose [...]

Radio Silence

2013-09-20T10:35:42-06:00September 20th, 2013|Aell & Stiles, Writin' 'n' Ramblin'|

I'm really sorry for the month-long radio silence you've had to endure. I've been head down in a large project for Pikes Peak Writers. That project has more-or-less come to a close for now. The web site for The Zebulon Writing Contest is now launched, and I can rejuvenate my [...]

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July 2013

Writin’ & Ramblin’

2013-07-18T12:51:31-06:00July 18th, 2013|Aell & Stiles, Writin' 'n' Ramblin'|

As you guys can tell, my muse has forced me down a path to where I'm starting a new series. For those of you that know me, you know that I'm a serious world builder. It'll probably be 2-3 months before I actually outline the first story for Egan and [...]

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