Climb

Another weekend, another painting done. “Climb.” Acrylics on watercolor paper, 4 x 6 inches. The two figures at bottom right are Kedil Ahmlen (left) and Sathra Wolfglen (right), two characters from my books. I might find a place to put this scene. The slope climbed up and up, bordered by steep ridges that protruded likeContinue reading “Climb”

A Plea for Reason in Sci-Fi/Fantasy “Discrimination”

Edit: November 2, 2013: Don’t like what’s said on this post? Fine by me. But if you choose to mistake maturity for being “oblivious,” then there’s not much I can do to help you. I could go off on another rant, but I’ll defer to Brad Stine on this one. —————————————- Lately I’ve been seeingContinue reading “A Plea for Reason in Sci-Fi/Fantasy “Discrimination””

The First Six Paragraphs of My Book

I realized I’ve done a lot of talking about writing, and the writing writers who write about writing. Did I mention it involves writing? Well, that’s enough of that. Not writing in general. Just writing about writing. Let’s go back to storytelling! I’m resuming a journey back to the dragons and engraved swords, the buildingsContinue reading “The First Six Paragraphs of My Book”

Characters: Conflict vs. Suffering

Characters are the reason fiction exists. Or so I am told. And this means it is most important to ripen your characters until their stories satisfy the reader. If you focus on plot before character, you’ll get a cool summary of events, but it reads like a news story, and it will be virtually impossibleContinue reading “Characters: Conflict vs. Suffering”

Writing Suggestion: Fictional Gambling

Having trouble coming up with new ideas for a story? Here’s one possible solution: Gamble. But not for money. Almost certainly, the spinning roulette wheel is just going to be the accretion disk around a monetary black hole. The house always wins, and writers make little enough money as it is. So instead, gamble forContinue reading “Writing Suggestion: Fictional Gambling”

The Three Essentials for Character Development

Whatever else a writer seeks to do with their work, the thing readers will care about the most are your characters. I have, rather strangely, been building up everything else and have found the process of making my own make-believe world and plot so fascinating, I could easily forget the characters themselves, and why theirContinue reading “The Three Essentials for Character Development”

Writing Prompts for May 3, 2012

Here are a few more little assignments for the writers who may need inspiration today. Feel free to alter or contradict them at your discretion. The point is merely to get an idea and run with it. Farewell and good hunting! 1. Anxiety tastes like… 2. “I brought her here to see if we couldContinue reading “Writing Prompts for May 3, 2012”

Conference Report 2012

Last weekend took a lot out of me. Fortunately, I gained so much more for the experience. Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2012 was my first official writing conference, and seems to be the start of my official career as a writer. And I couldn’t be happier with the results. No wonder its attendees and facultyContinue reading “Conference Report 2012”

Trailer for The Hunger Games

After finishing Suzanne Collins’ excellent novel The Hunger Games, I realized why it would make an equally awesome movie, and why so many people were looking forward to its release. I still need to go through Catching Fire and Mockingjay, the other two books in the trilogy, but you can bet I will be at the cinema for thisContinue reading “Trailer for The Hunger Games”

With the End in Sight…

After a lot of freeze-ups and mediocre resolve to finish my novels, and more than a few nights wondering if  I was ever going to finish it, the end is in sight. Now things are clipping along with a little more purpose in sight. It looks like there is a point to the whole novelContinue reading “With the End in Sight…”