Wer – A “Werewolf” Influence in Urban Fantasy

To be fair, nearly every werewolf tale told in the last thirty years could probably be considered “urban fantasy” by its loosest definition.  Many of them take place in the modern world and involve the creature’s impact on modern society. Wer, a 2013 film directed by William Brent Bell takes the concept a few steps […]

Don’t get hung up on mechanics – make your writing style yours

As I’ve been laboring over some revisions for my next round of novels, I’ve also been listening religiously to Stephen King’s infamous “On Writing” book, where he talks of his life and his life’s influence on his writing. He also goes into very insightful detail about the craft itself, and I’ll be honest, it’s nearly […]

Would be self-publishers, this blog is a must

I’ve spent far longer than I’d care to admit hopping around online looking for self publishing advice.  I’ve run across a number of great resources, but the blog of self publisher Chris McMullen is by far one of the best. He hosts it on WordPress and has posted a number of invaluable topics having to […]

The brutal reality of why we write

Perhaps brutal is overstating it? Those of you who have read this blog (the few of you so far, but there are a few more each day) have seen me writing about…well, writing.  I’ve been dreaming of being a published author for nearly my whole life, and just last week I achieved that dream. Well, […]

The first 24 hours…

I wrote a couple of days ago about the wonderful unknown that was swirling around with one day before my novel’s launch. So how does that jive with the opposite feeling? The “one day after”? Are they truly polar opposites? Does the day after have as much let down as the day before has anticipation? […]

Operation: Harvest begins now with The Fog of Dreams

I’ve been living with the ghost of William Strickland for nearly ten years, to the point where I felt like I had to release him to an unsuspecting world or he might haunt me forever. I am proud to announce that my first ever non-G.I. Joe fictional work, The Fog of Dreams is now available […]

How much writing is too much writing?

As the lead up continues to my novel’s publishing date on August 17th (pre-order The Fog of Dreams for Kindle now!) I’m continuing to blog regularly about whatever topics come to mind. To be fair, I’m at least trying to keep it about writing instead of say, action figure collecting or sports or something. I’ve […]

Is there true importance to writing what you know?

The age old adage says that authors should write what they know…if you’re trying to speak intelligently about a topic, it only makes sense to write about something you’re familiar with, right? I’d say that’s not always true, but it often is. For instance, in The Fog of Dreams (available via pre-order, to be released […]