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5 Lies Self Published Authors Tell

  1. I’m selling X books This is probably the biggest lie that self-published authors tell. Everyone wants to be successful, and the more successful an author is, the more they sell. It’s almost a self-fulfilling prophesy. Average readers want to read something that everyone else likes — think Harry Potter or Twilight. I’ve seen […]

Iron Writer – Summer Solstice Edition

 Yeah, I admit it. I love writing flash fiction. It’s a tough thing to do. One has to fit the right words together and make it drop into a box that can hold exactly 500 words—no more, no less—with the standard story elements present. Over at the Iron Writer website, my short 500-word story is […]

Chasing a ball around a big yard with a stick…

 Yes, I’m talking about golf, as invented by that famous hobbit who hit a goblin’s head clean off with his club, where it sailed through the air and went down a rabbit hole. Except now-a-days we use a dimply ball and metal golf clubs. I just started playing to relax and to get out into […]

Some Adult Fare – Full-Metal Orgasm

 I’m a fan of Heavy Metal magazine, particularly before the first movie came out. I also enjoy manga and anime, particularly Shirow Masamune’s work (Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed). Toss in a bit of Hajime Sorayama, crazy Bizarro-inspired violence and sex, and you have the essence of Full-Metal Orgasm. Full-Metal Orgasm is a sexy […]

COSine Day 1

 The panels are done for the first day of COSine, a science fiction convention in Colorado Springs, CO. Before my panel, I stopped in on several panel discussions and a reading by David Boop. Today’s panel was “What Works and What Sells”, moderated by Sarah Hoyt. David Boop and Sam Knight joined me in a […]

Miami Spy Games: Armand Rosamilia

  Miami Spy Games:  Adding Real People As Minor Characters Armand Rosamilia     I’m often asked how hard it is to come up with not only the main characters in stories, but all the minor ones that populate the world and the story. I tell them it is easy: I cheat. Most of the […]

Is the (insert trope) field dead?

 I’ve seen this type of question pop up several times in the last few weeks: Is the vampire genre dead? Are zombie markets dying? Is the horror market in decline? The answer is actually simple: it doesn’t particularly matter in 2013. Yes, there are thousands of vampire/Twilight books available in the marketplace, particularly ebooks. With […]

Speaking Without Dialogue

 One of the Facebook Groups I hang out on posts writing exercises. Sometimes they’re geared towards Bizarro, but most of the time they’re just fun practice to improve your craft. One was to generate a scene that had the characters conveying their thoughts and emotions without any dialogue. In ten minutes, I popped something out […]

New Graphic Novel

I’m co-scripting a graphic novel with Peter J. Wacks, and Chaz Kemp is doing the art honors. The GN is called Behind These Eyes, and it will be published by Villainous Press. One nice thing is that it is getting published online at http://villainouspress.com/comic/behind-these-eyes/, so you can pop over to check it out. The electronic version […]

Inspiration From Reality Shows

 Now that we have Netflix, Tonya (my better half) is watching every episode of Cake Boss. Of course, I’m writing, plotting, and planning my short stories and novels while this goofy show is playing in the background. After episode 16 of season 3, where they travel to Italy, it struck me that some reality shows […]