I Made Myself Quit Writing

I Made Myself Quit Writing
I good friend of mine works in a variety of capacities for a literary agent. One of the many hats she wears is that of a slush reader for the incoming queries. She shares inspirational (and warning) tidbits on Facebook from the slush pile without identifying the author that sent the query. Her post from today ...

Chuck Wendig Challenge: Why I Write

Chuck Wending posted a flash fiction challenge here. I’ve taken up the challenge. Here goes my (up to) 1000 words: This requires quite a bit of introspection on my part. I started writing when I was ten years old. I walked away. I picked it back up when I was fifteen, and dropped it again. ...

Without Damage

Without Damage
I’m about a month behind in my podcast listening, so some of you may have already listened to the podcast I’m going to talk about tonight. If not, do yourself a favor and checkout episode 206 of The Functional Nerds. (Check them all out, actually. They’re really good!) In this episode, Patrick Hester and John Anealio brought Sarah Chorn ...

Robin Williams… And More

I’m not sure what to say here that’s coherent or will make sense, but I gotta get this out of me. Robin Williams passed away today of an apparent suicide. I’ve lost more than my fair share of close friends to suicide. It’s one of the most painful ways to lose someone you love. Probably the ...

You Never Knew Me, But I Have Met You

I awoke yesterday morning, and the very first thing I saw in my RSS feeds was news of Jay Lake‘s passing on SF Signal. Jay didn’t know me. We were Facebook friends with the occasional “like” or “share” between us, but no real conversation or comments to talk about. However, I met Jay. I met ...

A Fear: Writing the Other

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 the first book as well ...

SQUEEEEEEE!!!!

Yeah. That’s the same sound a little girl makes when she’s found out that her father bought her a pony for her eighth birthday. It’s the same sound I made when I read this article on /.. You see, I was an avid player of Star Control 2 when it came out. I was deep in ...

Seven Years Gone By

I just realized that it was exactly seven years ago today that I joined the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group as a paying member. That set me on the path I’m still walking today. I wish I had kept track of the number of words I had written since then. I can take a guess at ...

Cars, Cards & Carbines

I’ve been mostly silent here lately for a variety of reasons. I might expand on that previous sentence at a later date, but I’ll leave it at that for now. Nothing horrible is going on. Just… Well… I’ll explain it later because I want to focus on a Kickstarter a buddy of mine has put ...

A Life Worth Living

I’ve been out of sorts lately. More agitated with my writing. More grumpy with the feedback I’ve been receiving. More dissatisfied with what I’m doing with my life. I’ve been rockin’ and kickin’ ass at the Day Job. I’ve been pulling off things and improving products in ways the other engineers (including my boss, the ...