My First Anthology

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

Why I Write

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

Why Science Fiction Must Err on the Side of Diversity

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

Writing is Hard

I know, breaking news in that title, huh? But it’s true. Writing is hard. And so far 2015 has sucked. But the good thing about the year turning shitty so early is that it has nowhere to go but up. Here’s hoping, at least. I haven’t done much actual writing this year, due to the … More Writing is Hard

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

No, not Christmas — National Novel Writing Month! This will be my fifth year participating, and hopefully my fifth year “winning.” I say “winning” in quotes, because I don’t think I’ll actually write 50,000 words, as my goal is to finish my current project, Aurora, and I don’t think it’ll take that many words to … More It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Dragon Con!

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!

It Starts

Every November, thousands of writers tackle the insanity known as National Novel Writing Month (colloquially called Nanowrimo or Nano), in which the goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Even though 50k words isn’t long enough for most full-length novels, it’s still a great opportunity to get started on a first draft of … More It Starts