Story Types – Character

Here we are, the final of Orson Scott Card's 4 story types that I have yet to cover. I feel like this has been a long time in the making. Too long. In just a few months, much has gone on in my life which drew me away from the keyboard and, eventually, pushed me... Continue Reading →

Publishing Update – Young One

Happy New Year, readers! 2020 has only just begun and I have another short story out in the world! Young One is now available in Issue #2 of Vaughan Street Doubles. Young One is the sci-fi story of a burgeoning relationship between our planet and technology. It builds off many themes I've toyed with in... Continue Reading →

Story Types – Event

Christmas is near! Houses are lit up in dark with green and red bulbs, wreaths hang heavy on front doors, and malls become packed with increasingly desperate shoppers. So much happens during December for the sole purpose of this impending event. It brings families closer together (or tears them apart) and is the time for... Continue Reading →

Story Types – Idea

The last time I blogged about Orson Scott Card's 4 story types, it was all about Milieu structures. Exploring strange worlds. This week is focused on idea stories! Idea stories are all about characters' quests to answer questions presented at the forefront of the story. Their investigation, or discoveries, fuel the narrative. Usually, the protagonists... Continue Reading →

Story Types – Milieu

This week marks the beginning of my blog miniseries on story types! Every other post for the next few months will be focusing on one of Orson Scott Card’s story types that he outlined so well in Reader’s Digest nearly a decade ago. He’s a well established sci-fi writer who was made famous by his... Continue Reading →

Rejection

Ahhh, Rejection. Such a negative word. So negative that we devise many ways throughout life to not say it, even more ways to not feel it. "It's not you, it's me." "I'm just at a different part of my life." "We've decided to go in a different direction." Yes, I thought I heard it all...... Continue Reading →

The Taste Test – Bliss Kitchen

If someone were to ask you about what comes to mind when picturing a burger, what Image pops into your head first? Something on the grill, in a restaurant, or handed over to you in a drive through? No matter the origin, you almost definitely pictured beef sandwiched between two buns. Less tougher than steak,... Continue Reading →

Editing – After the 1st Draft

You did it! That first draft of the book you've been obsessing over for years is finally done. I'm proud of you, and you should be proud of yourself. Don't forget to hit save (or have auto-save on) and shut down for the night. Your brain needs the rest for what comes next. Editing is... Continue Reading →

The Taste Test – Sweet Jesus

When people think of soft serve ice cream, the images conjured tend to fall into two buckets - ice cream trucks and fast food joints. Just talking about that truck sends the infamous overplayed tune through our heads, but it could get us to bolt outside when younger (and maybe even as adults...) every time!... Continue Reading →

A Quick Audiobook Guide

In the early 2000's, I was one of those 'CD Case' kind of guys. It resided in my car, and was loaded front to back with all manner of music too embarrassing these days to describe now. If I were to travel back in time, I'd hit up the nearest Virgin Records, HMV, or Sam... Continue Reading →

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