Most of us have had the experience, probably quite recently, of scrolling through literally hundreds of movies on Netflix and not being able to find a single thing. Last night I ended up switching to my cable company’s On Demand section and still came up empty. But then something interesting happened. On social media, a friend posted about an old B-movie he was watching, a … Continue reading Why is there nothing to watch?
Six days ago . . . The fight turned ugly within moments of its start. There was no trigger, no insult or questionable shot to the groin, but it was clear to everyone in the audience that the two men in the pit were filled with the rage to win and that one of them would have to be carried away. The bald man with the beard … Continue reading Sneak Preview of the mini-adventure that opens Episode Seven of THE MINUS FACTION
When you start writing, you have the ambivalence of a toddler who both wants help down the stairs and wants to do it himself. You know you need critical feedback, but you’re inexperienced, unsure of your work — which we authors often conflate with our selves — and therefore wary of the sting. Those of you afraid of needles will know that feeling, that sometimes … Continue reading When Criticism is the Best Medicine
It’s not a secret. But it’s not something I bring up regularly either. I suppose I was a victim, although I don’t think of myself that way, at least not anymore. All of it — the sickness, the lies, the abuse — have become no less than, but also no more than, the pivot of my life so far, the fulcrum around which everything else … Continue reading I wanna talk about the dissolution of my marriage
The sixth and final installment of my serial novel THE MINUS FACTION will soon be complete to beta draft. As such, I’m looking for readers willing to share top-line feedback on the manuscript — what worked and what didn’t with the plot, the pace, the characters, etc. No worries if you haven’t read the earlier episodes. I can send them electronically. Just please be serious … Continue reading This Is The End! (Open Call for Beta Readers)
Perry Rhodan is the title of the most successful science fiction series ever written, having sold more than 2 billion weeklies since it’s introduction in September 1961. The series now approaches some 2,900 novella-sized installments in the old pulp magazine format. Despite such phenomenal success, it remains relatively unknown outside Germany, although not for lack of effort. As with most early sci-fi, the initial episodes … Continue reading Can You Name the Most Successful Science Fiction Series in History?
One of the fringe benefits, I guess, of serializing longer works in shorter chunks, is that I’ve iterated a lot the last couple years. In fact, I’m about to produce my eighth title in the last 24 months. It’s really taught me how I write. Not how TO write. But how I do it. Some people plot everything out, for example. Some people write by … Continue reading How I Do It