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 ...

Coming Soon: Carnival of the Damned

Coming Soon: Carnival of the Damned
My story called “Children of the Carnival” is due to come out soon in the Carnival of the Damned anthology from Evil Jester Press edited by Henry Snider. I don’t have the full table of contents handy, but I do know that I’ll be sharing it with two great friends: R. Michael Burns and Amity Green. The ...

Guest Post: Inside the Trunk with SJ Abraham

Guest Post: Inside the Trunk with SJ Abraham
The moment in my writing career I’m most proud of happened just last year. I took the 85000 words of my debut novel that had consumed years of my life, hundreds if not thousands of hours of effort and thought, editing, querying and pining and… I trunked it. Then I put the proverbial fat guy ...

Guest Post for S.J. Abraham

I have a guest post over at Geekly Writing. It’s where I pontificate about and educate youngsters (get off my lawn and get to coding!) about how to carve out a path as a software engineer. You can see it right here.

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 ...

PPWC 2014 Recap

PPWC 2014 Recap
I’m at a loss for where to start. Our annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference has been the works for about 15-18 months. Yeah. It takes us that long to get everything ironed out and going properly. Now that the 2014 PPWC over, we’re focused on 2015, but not after taking a well-deserved break for a week or two. ...

Guest Post: Chris Baca — Self-Publishing Marketing

Five Things I learned from self-publishing that apply to marketing in general. By: Chris Baca I’ve learned a lot from publishing my first short story myself. Of course, I’ve dealt with trying to drive traffic to my site, seeking ‘likes’ and ‘retweets’ and more. I’ve also had to contend with every aspect of publishing, from ...

Reading Now: Chuck Wendig

Reading Now: Chuck Wendig
I normally post when I start reading a book. Sometimes, I do the post a day or three after I actually start. That was a mistake this time. I figured I’d have plenty of time to put up a post regarding Chuck Wendig‘s novel, Blackbirds. I was wrong. It took me all of three days ...

Five More Tips for Making a Conference Great

I’ve been thinking about my first post that contained five tips for making the most of a conference. I jotted down a few notes on adding five more tips, and I wanted to share them with you here. 1) Practice Your Pitch If you’re going to be pitching your book to an agent or editor, ...