| March 9, 2017

I’m going to be at the Cleveland Concoction convention this coming weekend from March 10th through the 12th.  If you’re in the area, directions are here. You can find the overall schedule here, as for what I’m doing: Fri. 11pm – Fantasy and Rule 34 Sat. 12pm – Vampires, Werewolves, and Gods—Rewriting Legends Sat. 2pm – Author […]

And Speaking of Worldbuilding…

| March 6, 2017

Since I was talking about world-building earlier, thought I’d follow up with something a little different. Here’s a few ongoing webcomics that I really like that have created truly impressive universes to play in: 1) Girl Genius Girl Genius has been going on since 2002, so if you’re new to it, bank some time to […]

World-building is what you make it. . .

| February 15, 2017

I’ve been reading some Neal Stephenson lately and I’ve been reminded of a point that I often try to make when I do my world-building talks. The point being that the skills used for world-building in science fiction and fantasy are not genre specific. I see writers who assume that if they’re not building the […]

Still working, still here. . .

| February 13, 2017

Just a little update to let you know I’m still alive, still busy doing game things like revising my final draft for my editor.  Now that’s done, we’re on to continuity and beta testing. In the meantime I had to come up with some additional “assets” for the game. One such “asset” is some descriptions […]

CoG Update

| January 11, 2017

The first draft of Welcome to Moreytown is done! Yay! After a few more run-throughs I should be handing it off to Choice Of Games by the end of the week. The bad news, for those of you itching to play this thing, is that we still have rounds of editorial comment to go through. Then, […]

A Thought About Lovecraft

| December 16, 2016

If you were to pick out who is the most “problematic” character in the SF/Fantasy canon, H.P.Lovecraft has got to be near the top of the list. He is probably one of the most influential voices in the genre, not just touching authors as diverse as Stephen King and Charles Stross, but extending his tentacles […]

CoG Update

| November 30, 2016

I’m in the home stretch Here’s an update for those of you interested in my Choice of Games project. The first draft of Welcome to Moreytown is almost complete. I am working on the final chapters now, and I plan to turn it in to them before the end of the year, assuming the Christmas […]

One of those things useful to a writer…

| November 1, 2016

You might notice something about writers in general (at least it’s true about myself) that when you start talking about your life on the job, we’ll tend to be more attentive than average.  When you’re a writer, hearing an on-the-ground story of someone else’s job, weather it’s a Subway employee dealing with an oblivious manager or an EMT dealing […]

On the morality of fiction…

| October 27, 2016

I have oft written about politics and fiction (… politics in fiction … politics of fiction …) but other than a few forays into the nature of evil, I haven’t touched much on fiction and morality. This actually seems kind of odd, since much of my late work has dealt with the idea of morality and speculative […]

How to get your readers to trust you forever.

| October 13, 2016

(Or at least until you screw up big time.) I’ve been listening to a new (for me) favorite author on Audible, Gregg Hurwitz.  If you’re one of my SF/Fantasy fans, don’t feel too bad if you don’t know him.  He’s a thriller writer, not SF, and if that isn’t your genre and you don’t pay […]