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
Edit: Ahahaha this schedule fell by the wayside during February. Leaving it here for posterity and to remind myself of how far I’ve come. After neglecting my writing for the good chunk of a year, I ended 2014 on a high note with a finished draft! No more distractions, no more letting self-doubt stand in the … More 2015 Writing Goals, Part 1
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
List ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Vision of the Future by Timothy Zahn Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor by Matthew … More That Book Meme That’s Been Going Around
It’s Friday after Labor Day, which means I’ve nearly successfully completed a mostly-full work week after Dragon Con. And I didn’t get sick! Take that, con crud! I’m also mostly done being tired–mostly. We started the trip with a 7.5 hour drive to Atlanta. I actually love the drive, if only for the combination of … More Cameras Are a Necessity at Dragon Con
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!