An Invitation

Every Monday over on Patreon, I write a book review followed by two writing exercises (one easy, one a bit harder). These exercises are designed to prompt you to write a bit each week, and to think about the mechanics as you write. This week the book is Kristin Cashore's Jane, Unlimited. This weekly post … Continue reading An Invitation

What I Read in Poetry, 2017

Each year I start off with a grand vision about what I'll read. I might actually have achieved it this time. Let's see what I read in poetry this year -- 20th Century American Poetry, edited by Conrad Aiken I learned A LOT from this little, dense book. My only complaint was that it was … Continue reading What I Read in Poetry, 2017

Street Preacher

Look at the art! Sharna and Jackie! ...now if I can figure out a title, it'll seem like I'm really making something here each Saturday! Thank you again to Schnekk for her hard work. Congratulations to everyone who participated in NaNoWriMo 2017. No matter how many words you wrote, you won. Great job on reaching … Continue reading Street Preacher

4 ‘ologies to re-read in 2018

I've started making my 2018 Reading Goal Trello board. Wow, that might be the douchiest thing I've ever typed. *takes breath* The last few years, I've tried to re-read book series (series'? series's?) to see how they hold up or to get refreshed for a new addition to the line. These might not be a … Continue reading 4 ‘ologies to re-read in 2018

Schnekk, artist & comic anthology editor

One of the talented people I met at FanNexus this year was Schnekk. She agreed to do a commission for me for the blog serial (stay tuned for the big reveal on Saturday!), and an interview to showcase the cool stuff she's doing with her talents! Schnekk has been drawing and painting for as long … Continue reading Schnekk, artist & comic anthology editor

Is It Cheating?

Yesterday, I typed 'the end' on my Language of the Spirit NaNoWriMo project. Huzzah, right? Not really. *sound of dying trumpets* I'm about 7800 words short of the 50K goal. The story's done. Beginning, middle, end. Arcs bent over themselves into a lovely rainbow. Tiny subplots that give depth, not distraction. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What more, man? I … Continue reading Is It Cheating?

Practice

Mmm, you can really tell this is a first draft with this installment. It's glaring and makes me grit my teeth, but where's the learning if you can't see the messes, right? I never promised it would be a great first draft! (Is there such a beast?) Sharna's transition should be visible, not an off-hand … Continue reading Practice

Hook and Fish

52 Saturdays of a first draft in public continues... Hook and Fish The gambling floor of The Crescent Moon at mid-day was quiet. Tattooed and pierced men swept and polished to reset the broad gambling room to its pristine condition before the coming night’s indulgences. Sharna was full of breakfast and rested, but she didn’t … Continue reading Hook and Fish