Writing from the Ashes

One of the favorite motifs of fiction is resurrection. Characters redeem themselves (or try to), the past catches up for better or worse, and there are phoenixes everywhere ascending from ashes. My own book is called Revived. History itself is given a legacy of resurrection, thanks to Christ rising from His grave. Resurrection was also theContinue reading “Writing from the Ashes”

Revived is Finally Revised

My first novel, The Wolfglen Legacy: Revived, has finally been revised. Once I give it time to breathe (leaving it alone for 3-4 weeks) and then do a final polish, it will be ready to send off to an agent. Almost every necessary tweak and critique has been done, and it’s ready to go. I stillContinue reading “Revived is Finally Revised”

Report: NaNoWriMo, and 10 Ways to Kill the Fairies of Creative ADD

Mythic Scribes has released yet another awesome article that I recommend to fellow writers. Every one of the items in “10 Easy Steps to Crush Creative ADD” is quite helpful, and I find it especially applicable at this stage of revising the novel. Let me know if you find it helpful, as well. Also, decided I’mContinue reading “Report: NaNoWriMo, and 10 Ways to Kill the Fairies of Creative ADD”

Craziness, Quirkiness, and Storytelling

There seems to be a lot more craziness in speculative fiction with the self and independent publishers getting so much more attention. Craziness meaning “everything and the kitchen sink and Cthulhu and steampunk and superheroes and werewolves and…” all crammed into one novel. And honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about that. Don’t getContinue reading “Craziness, Quirkiness, and Storytelling”

The Reason I Love Speculative Fiction

I do not mean to say other genres suck or are inferior. I mean only to celebrate what I love in my own field, shameless optimist that I am. Science Fiction. Fantasy. Alternate History. Together, these genres form the pillars of what is called speculative fiction. There can be lots of blending and subgenres thatContinue reading “The Reason I Love Speculative Fiction”

“The Hunger Games” and Understated Violence

…In which I rant some more about academic/critical theories being applied to popular stories. Proceed at your own risk. . . This is a continuation from a previous post, discussing the importance of social commentary in The Hunger Games, both book and movie. Here, I’d like to focus on the role violence played in the cinematicContinue reading ““The Hunger Games” and Understated Violence”

VICTORY – The Novel’s Finished

My aspirations to write a fantasy series solidified (more or less) five years ago. I embarked on a journey to create a world, to find a huge story worth telling inside that world, and play the part of Victor Frankenstein as I sent a life-giving shock through its muscles and bones. The months were drawnContinue reading “VICTORY – The Novel’s Finished”

A Motivational Manifesto

Need a little motivation to keep writing these days? I know I do. That’s why I appreciated this manifesto from K.M. Weiland, for those hard times when a storyteller needs a little shove in the right direction. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. http://www.wordplay-kmweiland.blogspot.com/2012/02/wordplayers-manifesto.html Be sure to check out theContinue reading “A Motivational Manifesto”