Quote of the Day – “Aspiring Penmonkey” Edition

A while back, I went through all my bios and took the word "aspiring" out of it. I'm not an "aspiring" writer or an "aspiring" novelist. I am a writer. I have written a novel (working on three more, as we speak! Eek!). I've even had a short story accepted for professional publication. I make [...]

Steampunk! Woo!

Just a little update, and a slight teaser, I guess. Pretty soon, I’m going to be trying something new with the blog here. My friend, Austin King, and I are writing a novel together. A steampunk novel. And the best news is that we are going to be releasing said steampunk novel (or, more accurately, [...]

How to Start a D&D Campaign?

Every so often, I get the hankering to play a tabletop RPG.  Back in college, we had some rousing games of Dungeons and Dragons.  I have a lot of fond memories of those nights where my buddies and I would sit around a table and kill the devil or something silly like that. (I won't [...]

On the Value of Short Stories

The value of short fiction isn’t something a reader can decide, nor is it something the authors and industry can, either. It’s a system of checks and balances that has been out of whack for a very long time.

Writing My Novel: Summer 2011 Goals

Last summer, I wrote a manuscript in around 35-40 days. My plans for this summer involved revising it and getting the first draft of a sequel written. However, I squandered May, and when June 1 rolled around, though, it was like the calendar jumped right off my wall and slapped me in the face. I realized that my time was limited, and that if I really intended to have a polished draft of the novel to beta readers by the end of summer, much less a drafted sequel, I had to really step it up.

4 Ways to Treat Writing Like The Job You Want It To Be

Here’s the thing: you’ll probably never make a living by writing. Even if you luck into selling a manuscript, it’s unlikely that it will even pay your mortgage. No more amateur hour, no more kid gloves, and no more training wheels. (And no more motivational platitudes, am I right?) If you don’t treat writing like the job you want it to be right now, it will never happen.