Category - Writing

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Apr

Insomnium Retrospective

In early 2013, I was working on my first draft of Voyage Windbound. In many ways, that book will be the most difficult for me to publish. I lace all my books with my personality, my experiences, my worldview. You can certainly find bits of me in all my characters, perhaps some more than others. …

18
Mar

The Conundrum of Beauty

At 7:51 AM on January 12, 2007, a man walked into a subway station in Washington D.C. carrying a violin. For forty-odd minutes, he performed classical music as busy commuters rushed past him. Twenty-seven of those commuters gave him money, coming to a total of $32. Over one thousand people hurried past, either not too …

12
Mar

Better Judgment

There’s this thing I  keep hearing, especially from industry professionals, and since I consider myself at the professional stage, I feel it’s my duty to address this thing. Because I find it kind of gross. And here’s the thing. Even people whose opinions and presentation I wholly support and respect, they’re saying this thing, too. …

10
Mar

My Writing Process Blog Tour

You’ll remember Dan Thompson from my interview with him last year. Dan has numerous titles to his name, including The Caseworker’s Memoirs and Life is All But a Vast Array of Colours. I recently participated in the cover reveal for his upcoming novel Here Lies Love, and his young adult novel The Black Petal was …

6
Mar

Transitions

Hear that sound? Chirping crickets. Been kinda dead here, recently. Time to liven things up. I’ve got a lot of posts planned: an Insomnium cover reveal, a review of the second Saga graphic novel, and reviews of some comics from Northwest Press. The reason for my absence? I’ve been in the middle of a job …

13
Feb

On Handling LGBT Characters and Themes

I’ve hesitated for a long time about writing this post. It’s a collection of observations I’ve been sifting through. There’s not much discussion about these topics on the interwebs (at least that I’ve found). I know that LGBT characters and situations are more prominent in fantasy than in science fiction, so if you are aware …

11
Feb

The Cheapening of Life

The New Yorker released a fantastic article yesterday by George Packer titled “Cheap Words”. At the moment, [readers] are obsessed with how they read books—whether it’s on a Kindle or an iPad or on printed pages. This conversation, though important, takes place in the shallows and misses the deeper currents that, in the digital age, …

22
Jan

10 Tips for Improving Your Writing

The activity that has most helped me improve as a writer has been to edit other writers’ work. I’ve heard some writers bemoan this practice. They don’t want to take the time to read over lots of stories they know they won’t like, or which they’ll consider “poorly written.” But that self-assuredness has its cost: …

31
Dec

2013 Writing Retrospective

Wow. What a year. Twelve months ago, I had published a couple of episodes of Voyage Embarkation. Aubry had not yet published. I still wasn’t certain what Fuzzy Hedgehog Press was. I think I was also addicted to Minecraft for some time. And now, at the end of 2013, Aubry and I are both published …

3
Dec

On Building Our Community of Writers

I don’t know what it is. Something must be going around. This morning I walked to work. I had some books to mail out, and the post office is halfway between my home and my workplace, so I decided to enjoy the trek under the Space Needle despite the rather brisk air that rolled into …

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