Last summer, my podcast Tosche Station did an episode all about tabletop gaming. One of our guests, Tom, has a history playing Star Wars RPGs and taught us the basics of the new Fantasy Flight system. I had never played a tabletop RPG, nor had I watched one. But Tom’s comments about storytelling capabilities — and that I could … More My first tabletop roleplaying game
I’ve seen The Force Awakens a lot. Eleven times as of this blog post. Suffice it to say I really, really like the movie. Is it my favorite Star Wars? Right now I’m inclined to say yes, but only time will tell how it stands up to the rest of the saga. One of the … More Storytelling Lessons from The Force Awakens
I have definitely felt it. Here, let me give you a bit of insight into my head for the past few days: Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars I can’t go a minute without thinking about The Force Awakens. I’ll be seeing the movie at 7:05 pm on Thursday night, at the first … More There has been an awakening.
Next week, I’m heading off to my 7th (5th straight) Dragon Con! I’m super excited because this year I’ll be attending as official press for Tosche Station. I’m participating in four panels, and I’ll also be moderating the AFTERMATH panel with Chuck Wendig. Here’s where you’ll be able to find me! #ForceFriday Field Trip – Thu 10:00 pm; Offsite … More Dragon Con 2015!
You never forget your first, right? You can now read my short story “The End is the Beginning” in the Contact Light anthology, available from Silence in the Library Press. I was thrilled to be included alongside authors I’ve long admired, like Timothy Zahn and Michael Stackpoke, as well as Star Wars fandom friends Bryan Young and Janine … More My First Anthology
The awesome Chuck Wendig recently asked his blog readers why we write. We writers have many different answers to this question. Writing relieves stress. They feel compelled to write. If they don’t write, they’ll go crazy. They enjoy telling stories. They are good at it. All of these are good reasons, and all are true. But … More Why I Write
In light of Friday’s historic Supreme Court ruling, I wrote about why science fiction, especially stories set in future Earth-based cultures, must err on the side of diversity. Check it out here at my Star Wars blog, Tosche Station. I’ve been plugging along at revisions to Aurora and will be done by the end of July. After … More Why Science Fiction Must Err on the Side of Diversity
Dragon Con, as usual, was an absolute blast. Sure, there are things I don’t like about it — throngs of people, getting caught in human traffic jams, a maze of a dealer room, and did I mention the throngs of people? — but it’s so much fun to be able to hang out with thousands … More Home From Dragon Con, And Sooooo Tired
This Thursday I’m heading to lovely Atlanta, Georgia, for my sixth Dragon Con. For those of you who haven’t been exposed to the wonder of Dragon Con yet, it’s one of the largest conventions in the United States and a mecca for all things geek. “Fan tracks” are all run by volunteers and cover topics as wide-ranging … More Dragon Con!
My flash fiction story “Graduation” is now live on Every Day Fiction! It was the first piece of original short fiction I ever wrote, the first I submitted, the first rejected, and the second accepted. I’ll take it! This story, by the way, was the inspiration for my current NaNoWriMo project, with Liat and Natalie … More “Graduation” Live on Every Day Fiction!