I’m personally not a big fan of serials, with a few exceptions (Stephen King’s The Dark Tower Series and Hugh Howey’s Wool Trilogy being two), although I may be adding Matthew Mather’s Atopia Chronicles to the list. Mather gives some solid tips here on self-pubbing, which he calls his SHAKESPEARE system. I’m currently reading his novel Cyberstorm and I gotta say, it’s a damn engrossing story. So without further adieu, I give you Matthew Mather: I get a lot of requests from new authors looking for tips and advice... Read the Rest →
We need to talk. I know we’ve been together for a while now, and it’s been great, it really has. But I feel like we’re starting to grow apart and, well… *heaves a heavy sigh* I think I’d like to start seeing other people… *looks appropriately remorseful* Don’t look at me like that. I’ll still do the Personal Profile thing with you, but the Page just doesn’t do it for me. Never did, really. It just kinda lays there like a dead fish. It just feels like we don’t want... Read the Rest →
All characters need to have a need. Kurt Vonnegut said every character must want something, even if it is just a glass of water. If your characters don’t want or need anything, they’d just be bouncing around like purposeless pinballs, eventually ending up dead and motionless. As a writer, that’s where you come in. You’re the operator of the machine. You flip the paddles and send those silver balls on their way, trying to score points and, ultimately, win the game. Hell, even zombies, those seemingly aimless slack-jaws, have a... Read the Rest →
We all have those magic moments, those golden slices of time, when we experience something that stays with us forever, whether it’s a book or short story, a piece of music or art, a movie or a TV show. You know what I’m talking about: It’s a rainy day, there’s nowhere to go and nothing to do, so you sigh and pick up that novel that you’ve been putting off. Or you cover up with a blanket on the couch and zone out in front of the tube. Then, quite... Read the Rest →
An honest and insightful look at the mystery and the magic of storytelling.