Writing Life Comic #11: A Mind of One’s Own

The truth is, some days writing a book is a bit like open warfare. You, the author, often have very particular ideas about what you want your characters to do, how you want them to do it, when and so on. You’d think, since you’re the writer, that you were in control. You’d be wrong.

Once characters emerge fully fleshed in the story they often develop a mind of their own. The story will sometimes teeter out of your control as your muse gives it a goddess-like shove in a direction you never intended. And your characters, well, they might have ideas of their own about how to act in a given situation.

Characters have a mind of their own

Meandering Through Cambodia

wandering through angkor wasGreetings readers! I’m off wandering through Cambodia right now. I’m looking for the Naga, the dragons of the Kmer people, and spending a surprisingly large chunk of time wondering if I can possibly bring myself to eat a tarantula. I might also be feasting on crab and seasoned with the best pepper in the world, napping or reading on a beach. Regardless, I’m not here right now, though you’ll see me feverishly posting pictures over on Facebook and Twitter during the small windows of time I have wifi.

I’ll be back with more blog posts mid-February. Until then, read on book worms. Read on.


I Hate Fan Theories

I hate fan theoriesI have a confession to make. I hate fan theories. Whether about film, television, books or any other medium, I can’t stand them.

I get it. I really do. When I fall in love with a book the first thing I want to do (after I mourn leaving the world behind of course) is find other people who loved it as much as I did. I want to talk about the characters, I want to get their thoughts on that store twist I wasn’t expecting or the plot tidbit that was not wrapped up at the end, and malign the big bad, or whatever. The point is, I want to connect with other readers who loved the book too. Read more

No Man’s Sky – A Review

No Man's Sky GameOk ok, I’m late to this game, I know. I’ve been resisting upgrading my gaming console for… well, forever, frankly. I was still using my Xbox 360 for fuck’s sake, so you know the last time I made a console purchase. I work full time and my evenings are spent working on my novels and my business so I don’t have a lot of extra time for gaming right now.

But… I’d been following the news about this game. I’m a tech geek, and the design of this game fired my imagination. For those of you that don’t know, No Man’s Sky is an action adventure survival game. It’s all about exploration, survival, combat and trading. None of this is particularly special, but what is unique is the 18 quintillion planets to discover and survive. I don’t even know how many zeroes that is. For the purposes of us mortals, that is essentially an infinite universe to explore. Read more

Reviews: The Rampart Guards and Wake of Vultures

The Rampart Guards, Wendy Terrien

The Rampart Guards Cover

I don’t know what I would do if my mother went missing and my dad moved me to a boring small town out in the middle of nowhere, but Jason Lex is forced to deal with this very reality in the pages of Wendy Terrien’s book The Rampart Guards.

What I like most about The Rampart Guards is that there really isn’t a bad guy. The real world is a complicated place. There are no purely evil people, and even the vilest of humans often see themselves as the hero of their own story. This is the sort of antagonist you find in The Rampart Guards. A complicated antagonist who believes most fervently they are doing the right thing by everyone they love. Read more

Writing Life Comic #10: Why Would You go Indie?

I had an interaction quite similar to this very recently. It’s easy to be a critic, much less easy to really try to create something, do it well, and put it out in the world. I say Fuck the critics, fuck the naysayers, the people who tell you your dreams are silly or impossible or impractical. Fuck the people who seek to undermine what it is you strive for and believe in most passionately.

The creative path isn’t always an easy one. It’s hard walking the road less traveled, but ultimately it is so much more rewarding. I published my second fiction novel this week, and I have a third non-fiction book and course helping writers with their WordPress websites. The second novel in my current series will be published in June, and I’m halfway writing the third. I made those. I created them out of my sweat, my tears, my time. Nothing can beat that.

Why Indie Commit


Happy 2017 Now Get to Work!

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Artwork Courtesy of Pixabay.com

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season, and an amazing new year. I took the week between Xmas and New Years off and it was glorious. I didn’t play much. Instead I got to work. I wrote half of book three of the current Ling series! I also spent a fair amount of time playing on the new Playstation and learning the ropes on No Man’s Sky (more on that later).

I also spent a fair amount of time thinking about what I would like to get done in 2017 for my writing business. I am a very goal oriented person. Honestly, I have to be. If I don’t break giant projects into tiny bite sized pieces I’ll become overwhelmed at the work in front of me and I’ll never even get started. So, I thought I’d share my plans for 2017 with you, and give you maybe a tiny sneak peek at what’s headed your way this year. Read more

I’m Sorry, I’m Busy Reading Right Now

winter-1809100_1920It’s cold here at the foot of the Rockies. There might even be snow on the ground or swirling around in frigid air. Either way, I’m snug as a bug curled up in front of a fire with a steaming mug of tea in front of me and a book open on my lap. You should be too!

Sending all of you the most wonderful of holiday wishes, I’ll see you all in the new year!

Advanced Copies of Across the Darkling Sea!

Across the Darkling Sea coverI told you it would happen, and here it is, your path to advanced copies of Across the Darkling Sea. Between today (12/21) and 12/31/16 at midnight mountain time if you sign up for my mailing list I’ll send you a FREE advanced download of Across the Darkling Sea. I can’t think of a better way to spend your holiday time off. Though, come to think of it, I might be a bit biased. 😉

Sign up at the link below and I’ll send you the digital format of your choice (epub, pdf, or mobi). Please consider leaving a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads when you’ve finished! Read more

A Harry Potter Themed Babies Room To Die For!

Harry Potter Babies Room

I am most definitely a Potterhead, but without question, hands down, my SOs daughters have me beat. One of them recently had a baby and put together a harry potter themed babies room that was so damn cute I had to ask her to do a write up on it. Can you guess the inspiration behind the munchkins name? Eat your heart out Potter fans! 

It’s finally finished! Just in time for the Fantastic Beasts premier and about two months after our little muggle-born arrived, all mischief has been managed in Oliver’s nursery (or it’s about to begin!). Read more