inspiration, Reading, Reviews

From a Certain Point of View

From a Certain Point of View is a janky, fast slow, exciting mundane, mess of utterly delightful stories. Writers can read it and remember that every character is a work in progress with origin and destination and self-importance too. Everyone can read it and look a little more carefully at strangers in traffic or in the grocery store or on the side walk and remember that their experience is just as real and vital as your own.

inspiration, process

How to (stay motivated to) Write (consistently)

TLDR: Don't set arbitrary goals. Use music to find a flow. Ignore my advice and find what works best for you. It's hard to write with the constant barrage of horrifying news: protesters disappearing in Hong Kong, protesters attacked by police in the US, a rash of lynchings dismissed as suicide, politicization of a deadly… Continue reading How to (stay motivated to) Write (consistently)

process, Revision, Writing Exercises

The Snowflake Method

TLDR: Planning a novel isn't any easier than writing one, but it might save you time in the long run. I was once a curmudgeonly writer like you. Writing is fun, I said! Creating is fun! Planning? That takes all the fun and surprise out of it. And it wasn't like I hadn't tried the… Continue reading The Snowflake Method


Awe-full: The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back was on TV, or perhaps VHS when I was in day care at the house of a friend of my mother's. The TV was usually on as background noise and a distraction for us kids. I was eating lunch at the time. PB&J? Grilled cheese? What I was eating at the… Continue reading Awe-full: The Empire Strikes Back

Reading, Reviews

Book Review: John Scalzi’s Interdependency Trilogy

The Interdependency Trilogy by John Scalzi, including: The Collapsing Empire, The Consuming Fire, and The Last Emperox is a set of fast paced scifi political thrillers full of great characters and snappy dialogue. "It was just a dream.""In our line of business, there's no such thing. Emperox's never just dream they have visions. That's… Continue reading Book Review: John Scalzi’s Interdependency Trilogy

Analysis, Reading, Reviews

Did Not Finish: Personal Stakes

A story is nothing without personal stakes. No matter how villainous the villain, or how lofty the goal, it doesn't matter to the reader unless it matters personally to the characters. In this post, I pick on a particular example of a book I did not finish because the life-and-death stakes didn't matter to the… Continue reading Did Not Finish: Personal Stakes

Analysis, inspiration, Reading, Reviews

Book Review: The Martian

The Martian by Andy Weir is a fast and fun thriller about survival through hope, grit, and human ingenuity. It is packed with quite a bit of science, but give it a chance! The charm will win you over. Teddy swiveled his chair and looked out the window to the sky beyond. Night was… Continue reading Book Review: The Martian


Book Review: Prince of Nothing & Aspect Emperor

If you like grimdark fantasy then surely you've already heard of R. Scott Bakker's trilogy: The Prince of Nothing, and subsequent quadrilogy: The Aspect Emperor. But if you like fantasy at all and you've got a strong stomach, you need to read these books. There is nothing out there that comes close to matching the… Continue reading Book Review: Prince of Nothing & Aspect Emperor

Analysis, inspiration, process, Reading

Author Conversation: Marie Parks & Jessi Honard

Talented and humble co-authors of Unrelenting, Marie Parks and Jessi Honard sit down with me to talk writing, inspiration, fan fiction, and Gant charts. What's not to love? Check the video description for links to particular time stamps. Unrelenting is available here: Crew of Exiles is available here: