June 21, 2019

Just starting out in the writing world is as exciting as it is ominous. For the science fiction or high fantasy writer, the writing and learning process can be challenging. Not only do you want to write a good story, you want to write stories others will read. Luckily...

October 10, 2018

It's Time to Critique

If any of you don't know - a writers workshop is a zone of creative safety and constructive criticism. I am currently in two at the University of Texas at San Antonio; an advanced fiction and a nonfiction. I've had great experiences in the past as...

August 18, 2018

Here are my 25 lessons of my 25 wonderful and confusing years:

1) Every single person is selfish

Don't take it personally. It is how we survive in this culture of vanity. We are prone to making decisions that benefit the one and only. So, if you find yourself in a social...

March 2, 2017

This is a short list of magazines that publish short-story (and sometimes full length books) science fiction and/or fantasy. Before you continue, I strongly encourage to research the magazine you intend to submit to.

Albedo OneEstablished in Ireland 1993. Known to pu...

February 11, 2017

Aside from what we already know, vocabulary has unique uses to improve a writer's potential. In my video 'Writer's Block' I discuss how expanding vocabulary can cure that clog in your creative artery. One word has the power to change how your reader views a 'powerful s...

October 9, 2016

A story of chivalry and love?

Areas of history like the Enlightenment, the Industrial Age, and the rise of a technological movement engendered diversification in classical storytelling.

Romanticism was not just a literary movement, it was also a development of...

September 6, 2016

As many of you know it is important to know which genre your book falls into. (Even before it is written.) That is for successful marketing to your audience. No one sells a Halloween cook book in the fantasy aisle. The thin veil between fantasy and sci-fi can be confus...

August 30, 2016

I'm feeling like taking a slightly different approach. Here is a list of independent artists (some you may well know) and video game original soundtracks that help me get into a good writing flow:

Indie (and maybe not so indie) artists:

Ludovico Einaudi

Theodore Sharpio

Li...

August 16, 2016

Motivation is not pixie dust

It's not your protein shake

Your new notepad

Your paintbrush

It's wholly you.

This is not a step-by-step guide to finding motivation. I have been asked tons of times, "Are you motivated?" Years ago I would bashfully say 'sure' or 'maybe'. If you...

July 26, 2016

In almost every story, point of view changes. Even if it alternates between first person and third person.

A writer can rotate as much as their heart desires and the story can still maintain authenticity.

Transitions must be smooth and easy for the reader to understand...

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