Writer’s Block

A couple times now I’ve been asked how I handle it, most recently yesterday. This is my answer. I don’t think there’s a thing called Writer’s Block. What we call Writer’s Block is a collection of many different psychological faults and phenomena, some real, some imagined, so don’t fall for it. In my experience, there’s a big problem and a little problem hidden in there. The … Continue reading Writer’s Block

Battlecry! (a gift for anyone who can see this)

I’m guessing hundreds, if not thousands, of people now read this blog (based on the combo of subscriptions and RSS hits). It’s really kind of amazing. While it looks like this blog has been active for a long time, in truth I ported it to WordPress from my website not terribly long ago — 18 months maybe? — which basically meant starting from zero. To celebrate, I’m … Continue reading Battlecry! (a gift for anyone who can see this)

This Week I Used Magic

I didn’t think I was going to make many edits to Bonewhite, the third course of my occult mystery, but as I got into it, I realized how dismally it progresses. The mystery itself is fine — rather clever actually — but how the story brings you there is woefully inadequate. So I’m performing surgery on this one as well. Interestingly, I read through the … Continue reading This Week I Used Magic

Winter

“Winter” by Jason Felix I have two files labeled “Characters” and “Settings” where I dump a lot of the art I find. Flipping through those images later is great inspiration. Sometimes I take bit and pieces directly (and without shame — see Austin Kleon’s “Steal Like an Artist”), but many times the images spark a tangential idea. For example, while I do’t expect this is … Continue reading Winter

Final cover set for the completed MINUS FACTION

My superpowered sci-fi thriller THE MINUS FACTION recently concluded with the release of the seventh and final novella, Outbreak. With the conclusion comes a new set of covers that do a better job of linking the books and making it clear that, while each episode introduces and resolves conflict, they are all part of the same single story. Plus, they just look awesome! Updates will start … Continue reading Final cover set for the completed MINUS FACTION

It’s here! Your Last Chance to Experience THE MINUS FACTION

Episode Seven: Outbreak, the final installment of my sci-fi thriller serial, is now available just about everywhere books are sold online. Amazon Barnes & Noble Apple iBooks Google Play Kobo In Episode One . . . Beaten. Burned. Broken. Capt. John Regent returns a paraplegic after escaping months of captivity and torture — except no one knows who took him or what he disclosed. When … Continue reading It’s here! Your Last Chance to Experience THE MINUS FACTION

The Science of Superpowers | The Scriptors

via The Science of Superpowers | The Scriptors Writers have a kind of superpower. We’re illusionists, of a sort. But where a magician invites your disbelief—indeed, taunts it from you with tricks—a writer conjures coherent fantasy from your mind, just as a laser emits coherent light. A story drafted with art and skill creates whole people, even entire worlds, that readers relate to with anxiety … Continue reading The Science of Superpowers | The Scriptors

Kick Ass Moms

There’s a scene in just about every old sheriff-vs-outlaw Western where the hero has to leave his wife and child — usually the town schoolmarm, respectable and nurturing, and a son, the next generation hero who must learn a valuable lesson from his father’s sacrifice — to go face certain death in the performance of his duty, the pacification of the American West as an … Continue reading Kick Ass Moms