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Talion Challenge Update #3

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:46:47 +0000

First, for everyone who has been so patient for any update about the sequel to Talion: Revenant, thank you. I’ve talked to a lot of you at conventions, or via Twitter and other services. Your forbearance and interest have pushed me to to find a way to bring Talion: Nemesis to you. Though it has […]

City of Terrors: A Solitaire Adventure

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 17:13:17 +0000

As I remember it… Way back in late December 1976, I started playing Tunnels & Trolls from Flying Buffalo, Inc.. I’d previously tried to play D&D, but I wasn’t acquainted with miniatures gaming, thus having a book that told me “a horse may move 2 inches,” made no sense whatsoever. T&T was the only alternative out […]

For Your Reading (and Escapist) Pleasure…

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 17:33:02 +0000

Yesterday’s election, and the campaign leading up to it, generated a lot of stress. I offer this story as something I hope you’ll enjoy, and that might give you a moment or two free of the pressures of the ordeal we’ve all been through. Field Trip The pressure plate, as all pressure plates are wont […]

I’m Teaching a NANOWRIMO Prep class

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:01:32 +0000

This October, I’ll be teaching a NANOWRIMO Prep class for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. In the past I’ve offered similar classes (alone and in conjunction with Aaron Allston) to get writers all organized for National Novel Writing Month. The task of writing a 50,000 word novel inside […]

Overwhelming Fiction!

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:13:41 +0000

Let me dust off the blog here. One of the reasons I’ve not been blogging with any regularity is that I’ve been heavily involved with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. I’m the director of the Science Fiction/Fantasy wing of the Center’s Your Novel Year program. This is an […]

Why Puppies are sad, and always will be

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 19:19:37 +0000

Let me state from the outset that I have zero interest in awards. While they are an honor when fairly awarded—and it would be fun to have that merit badge in my collection—the reality is that in the big game, Hugos, Nebulae and other awards really mean nothing to the life of a working writer. […]

High Intensity Writing Workout No. 7

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:09:01 +0000

Up to this point, the High Intensity Writing Workouts have focused largely on characters and dialogue. Characters are the lifeblood of any story. We read for characters. If a writer can get them done correctly—making them believable—then the writer will have a career. What most writers don’t realize is that the worlds we create—no matter […]

High Intensity Writing Workshop No. 6

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:31:20 +0000

Despite the fact that this will be one of the shorter exercises, it’s one of the most important you can use to develop characters and their unique voices. Previously I’ve had you work on dialogue so you could avoid the “he said” tags which make dialogues choppy. By the end of this exercise you’ll understand […]

Rogue One

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:55:37 +0000

It’s a bit of a shock, but also kind of fun, to find your Twitter feed blowing up because of a blockbuster announcement. Yesterday the news came out that the first Star Wars™ stand alone movie would be Rogue One. I can’t tell you the thrill that ran through me with the news. I don’t […]

High Intensity Writing Workout No. 5

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:28:38 +0000

This week’s workout expands a great deal on what you did in HIWW No. 4 because it’s all about character. Last week I had you creating a basic character, listing out a handful of facts about her, generate some goals and story ideas, then go back and change one fact. From there you got to […]