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
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
National Novel Writing Month has ended! I “won”! But most importantly I finished a full, completed with no holes draft of Aurora! Ya-hoo! *insert Han Solo gif here* I finished the day before Thanksgiving, which meant I got to enjoy the holiday free of pressure to write, and it was great. The Force Awakens teaser trailer was even … More Nanowrimo is over, and I wrote a thing!
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, 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!
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
Two Fridays ago, I watched Pacific Rim with a group of friends. They’d all seen it before; I hadn’t. I was looking forward to finally learning what a kaiju was, but also a bit apprehensive because it seemed to be a “love it or hate it” type of movie. As it turns out I didn’t … More Two Things Pacific Rim Taught Me Not to Do While Writing (And One Important Lesson Learned)