Query Again

So, after completely changing my manuscript, I'm ready to jump back into the querying trenches. Below are answers to a bunch of questions...

Save The Cat! Pin Up

When I get lost in a story that I'm writing, I sometimes turn to Jessica Brody's Save The Cat! Writes a Novel. It helps me structure my...

Happiness in a View

Given my condition, it is hard to appreciate the things. When coffee doesn't taste good. When standing is a challenge. When my good hand...

Prey, By Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton was one of my heroes growing up. RIP. He was a visionary in speculative sci-fi. It's no surprise with books like...

Reworking: The Day After Infinity

For the last few months, I've sat with my eyes focused on my computer screen and my fingers tapping at my keyboard, reworking a novel I...

Best Author & Narrator Pair Ever!

Spoiler alert: Craig Alanson & R.C. Bray If you're a sci-fi geek that loves goofy banter, outlandish adventure and shenanigans performed...

Immersive Reality Ate the Hologram

Back in the 1950s sci-fi enthusiasts dreamed about someday interacting with holograms in their daily lives. To date, the main focus of...

P-ZERO

“Fill me in,” Colonel van Heusen said in his gravely commanding voice. “Where did she come from?” The large man looked at the pale...

Why I Write Fiction?

Writing is a highly personal thing. You have to work hard at pouring your imagination onto a blank screen. Others will judge anything you...

Upper vs. Lower Middle Grade

"Middle grade" is usually defined as kids between 8 and 12 year old. As any parent or teacher will attest, that is a huge range. And...

The Subtle Art of Education

Let's start by saying that I was a reluctant learner as a child and I was a reluctant educator as an adult. And, I'm fully aware that...

What's in a Name?

I named Sam Butler after two of my best friends when I was a kid: Sam B. and J. Butler. Sorry, I'm not going to give away their full...

Why I write about nanites

When your brain is only partially working, your right hand curls up into a numb but painful claw, muscles all over your body misfire, and...

Dungeons & Dragons

Like most people, I could tell stories when I was wee little. Unfortunately most people I know either lost or failed to level up their...

The Dumbest Things I've Ever Done

Like everyone else, I've made plenty of mistakes in my life. Some were embarrassing flubs like tripping in front of my seventh grade...

Authors that Inspire Me

I grew up on science fiction and fantasy. So much of my writing is informed by Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, and Orson Scott Card....