End-of-Year Update (and Changes)

As we near the end of 2018, I figured it was time for me to take a look at my writing goals and see how well I’ve been doing, and if I need to make some adjustments. This was an interesting exercise, and it comes with some realizations that I wasn’t terribly happy to see,Continue reading “End-of-Year Update (and Changes)”

Love and Hate in Reviews

There’s been a bunch of conversations happening online recently focusing on book reviews, and the necessity of having good reviews for writers to reach any kind of critical mass in readership that allows a book (or book series) to take off. It’s certainly true that having a bunch of good reviews for a book willContinue reading “Love and Hate in Reviews”

Reading and Writing: Books have soundtracks, too!

Movie soundtracks are pretty popular. In fact, many soundtracks are worth listening to even when you’re not watching the movie. And there are quite a few films that wouldn’t be nearly as good without the score underlying the drama. But books don’t have soundtracks. Everyone watches a movie at the same speed, but different peopleContinue reading “Reading and Writing: Books have soundtracks, too!”

Writing Update – October

The Soldier and the Slave The launch of The Soldier and the Slave last week went off as planned, and all the people who pre-ordered the book received it on Sunday. On Monday, Black Gate published a review of The Soldier and the Slave by Donald Crankshaw. Donald also reviewed The Severed Oath back inContinue reading “Writing Update – October”

Reading & Writing: Epic Beginnings

Epic fantasy has been an extremely popular subset of the fantasy genre for many years now, and shows no signs of stopping. Trilogies have been replaced by huge series spanning (for example) 7 books, 9 books, 10 books, and 14 books. Tolkien did it in under 500,000 words in The Lord of the Rings, butContinue reading “Reading & Writing: Epic Beginnings”

RPGs and novels – where gaming and writing intersect

The last few months saw the release of newest edition of Dungeons & Dragons, the granddaddy of the entire tabletop roleplaying game industry. As someone who has played roleplaying games (RPGs) pretty steadily for the last 33 years, this is kind of a big deal. Or, at least, it was supposed to be (more onContinue reading “RPGs and novels – where gaming and writing intersect”