raise the dead

who would you raise from the dead? Mothers are not meant to be remade. This was a truth known since childhood. No simulacrum, no effigy could take the place of the spark that died in late September. I’d seen her dead. I’d touched her lifeless body. That cool, rigid cheek would never dimple from a... Continue Reading →

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Marching on

Happy March. From what I can tell driving around the countryside, it seems spring is on the way. Updates have been a bit slow as I am now part of a delivery team driving freight all over the continental US. I edit, I drive, and I try to stay on top of the rest of... Continue Reading →

crossroads

As he passed the sign declaring HELL IS REAL, Tyler laughed. "Ain't nobody who lives like us doesn't know that," he said, glancing at his silent companion. "And sure as shit, you and I know it's true." The thing in the passenger seat slid its one gleaming eye toward him, a slight dip of its... Continue Reading →

And it’s done.

I've polished IN THE HEART OF THE HOLLOW FOREST, and it's ready for readers. This thing that took its first form in 2011 (maybe even earlier!) is complete. I can FINALLY get this thing out there. Awesome. So what's next? Contemporary, fantasy, science fiction...? My two loves are horror and fantasy, but they usually stay close to... Continue Reading →

A serious post.

2014 is at a close, and I can barely believe it. This year has sped by too fast in some places, too slow in others. 2014 was not an easy year for me and my family, but we weathered it, and I have hope 2015 contains fewer losses. It's never easy to lose people, and... Continue Reading →

End of NaNo means one thing…

We're six days away from the end of November, and many of you know what that means. The end of NaNoWriMo looms nigh, and for many, that means the end of a draft. As writers, we all know what comes after you complete a rough draft... TIME TO MURDER YOUR MANUSCRIPT. The revision process is... Continue Reading →

An Ode to Donnie Darko

Look, that title is what it is because that's what this is about to be. (Did I trip you up there? I'm sorry. I'm just excited.) This movie did things to my brain. Great, fantastic things, and every time I watch this movie, it reminds me of being young and afraid and realizing just how... Continue Reading →

Writing Process Blog Hop

Hello, folks! I've been tagged by the stupendously awesome Katie Bucklein for the #mywritingprocess blog hop. Katie is, quite simply put, a badass. Her writing is smooth as butter, her stories are beyond epic, and her grasp of YA fantasy is stellar. If your interest has been piqued, you can also find her on Twitter. Now, for the... Continue Reading →

Rich storytelling (or why I’ve missed the old Final Fantasy)

Okay. This is an argument you hear from a lot of people. It's been harped on enough that I'm fairly sure it's a dead horse, so there's no point in beating it any further. But. There are many, many things that shaped me as a writer. I love books, but there are so many ways... Continue Reading →

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