Forging Ahead into the New Year

2021 is almost at its end… and it’s been a heck of a year. I’d say it was the sequel to 2020 in a lot of ways, for better and for worse. But when a year draws to a close, it’s time to review the last twelve months and set some goals for the nextContinue reading “Forging Ahead into the New Year”

Don’t be cruel.

Last week I said that authors can’t be kind. In case you missed it, let me spell it out to you as clearly as I can: Authors cannot be kind to their characters. Authors, please be kind to anyone who is not your character. Okay. Just wanted to get that out of the way. IContinue reading “Don’t be cruel.”

Don’t be kind.

You must not be kind. If you wish to write, if you wish your characters to have dramatic stories, if they must overcome, you must not be kind to them. Authors must be cruel, calculating beasts that tear down their main characters. Leave them sobbing on the ground. Make them beg for mercy. And then…Continue reading “Don’t be kind.”

Dragons of the Ashfall: FREE Prequel and Chapter One

December 1, 2021, you can order Dragons of the Ashfall for digital or paperback from Amazon. Before then, you can read the prequel “A Dragon Bigger than My Stories” for free here. And to see if Dragons of the Ashfall is your type of story… read the first chapter for free, right here: Chapter OneContinue reading “Dragons of the Ashfall: FREE Prequel and Chapter One”

You’re Not Allowed to Celebrate

Depression doesn’t care that you have a new book coming out. It doesn’t care about the now-long list of publications you have or the plans you’ve got for 2022. It laughs when you say it’s time to get to work. Depression has its own goals. I’ve written before how depression doesn’t create art. And itContinue reading “You’re Not Allowed to Celebrate”