Writing Short Articles for NaNoWriMo

 NaNoWriMo is a great time to build up a collection of short articles that you can schedule during the next year. It’s a reasonable method to build up your word count while simultaneously getting more blog posts. Since my blog is about writing in general, I like to include how-to articles and other subjects useful […]

Road Writing

   There are times during NaNoWriMo where one has to become mobile. This does not mean you’re off the hook for your daily goal! It means you need to adapt, improvise, and overcome. Here’s a couple of suggestions to help you. Phone Apps and Thingies There are several apps that you can use to translate […]

Why Blog?

I know a lot of author folks who let their blogs languish. After all, if only a few visitors pop in, why go through all the hassle of putting up stuff? Sudden Celebrity If one of your books started selling thousands of copies a day, there are going to be a flood of folks who […]

Flash Fiction Story: Lightpath

 Crew Log 233: This is my second day trapped on the event horizon of a black hole. I’m not the only one, though. No matter what direction I look there’s another person following me. He’s wearing a similar space suit and always has his back turned towards me. He never gets any closer. I’ll report […]

How Kids Think

 Want to write a Middle Grade or YA book? Always consider how your audience thinks. Here’s an old series of jokes that made the rounds and demonstrated kid logic. From those who should know: All questions were answered by kids, age 5-10 WHAT IS THE PROPER AGE TO GET MARRIED? “Eighty-four, Because at that age, […]

Goals, Fears, and Fuzzies

 Publishing Goals I came to the realization that I’ve been writing professionally (off and on) for forty years. I’ve hit all of my major goals over the years. It’s a lucky thing that I have so many stories trying to get out of my skull before I keel over…they keep me going as a writer. […]

Small Publisher Series: James Ward Kirk Publishing

 James Ward Kirk Publishing This micro press run by (no surprise) author and editor James Ward Kirk puts out several unique anthologies per year, plus a couple of annuals. This is a for-the-love or a token payment press (two $25 awards for the top two submissions). I love many of their anthology concepts and come […]

ArchonSTL 41

 Archon St. Louis is a speculative fiction genre convention based in…wait for it…Collinsville, IL. It’s just over the border from St. Louis, Missouri. The con is typically held at the Gateway Convention Center and the Doubletree Hotel. I just arrived home from ArchonSTL a few days ago. This is the 41st year of the convention, […]

The Author’s Law of Momentum

 Have you ever had someone toss you a watermelon? The big ones are tough to catch because they can slip out of your hands due to momentum. Similarly, finishing a writing project and holding a copy in your hand is always a good feeling that’s tough to hang on to when you have to figure […]

Review: There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury

 Title: The Martian Chronicles Author: Ray Bradbury Genre: Fiction Publisher: Simon and Schuster Release Date: April 17, 2012 Pages: 256 The tranquility of Mars is disrupted by humans who want to conquer space, colonize the planet, and escape a doomed Earth. I encountered There Will Come Soft Rains when I was a little kid. I […]