A lot of people ask authors about their habitual patterns for enhancing their literary capabilities. I am by no means an old or wizened writer. However, I have gleaned one very useful technique in improving my writing ability: it involves something very simple and perhaps less arduous than some might expect. The technique is simply […]Read More A Major Key to Writing Well—Taking Breaks
Several months ago, I sent a slush submission into Baen for my new book, Dream Electric. I received this response from the acquisitions department, which was signed by an author by the name of Gray Rinehart: Dear Author, Thank you for your patience as we considered your novel. Unfortunately, it does not seem right for […]Read More Military Control of Book Acquisitions?
For years now, I’ve been using a filter on my tap water. More recently, I tried something less conventional: I decided I would drink rainwater for a few days and compare and contrast my reactions to what I felt with tap water. I realize the placebo effect can be inconspicuous, and I also realize what […]Read More My Rainwater Experiment
First book review with IndieReaders up yesterday on Legions of Lilith, a modern story about the return of Lilith, Adam’s first wife. I’m planning to write about a review per month there for the foreseeable future. I’m actually impressed with the books I’ve read so far, being as they are self-published. Some are well-written and […]Read More I, the Book Reviewer
An interesting idea occurred to me the other day. Really, it was perhaps more of an intuition than an idea, an idea being what one creates one’s self. The other is perhaps more of a perception than an imaginary construct. The observation I had was this: I notice in some metaphysical and fantasy writings the […]Read More Are Good and Evil Equal?
Chapter V The Departure of Manalk (a movement out of time) In the north, just beyond the Thuresce mountains, the Light Star became veiled by dim, dusted cloud cover. A cloud-made figure, like an enormous painting of a giant creature, sprawled across the horizon, cumulus clouds thickening in behind it. Simkadans had gathered outside, […]Read More The Ajnir: An Extract
While I usually don’t go for Hard SF, a recent exemption to this was my reading of The Three Body Problem, by Cixin Liu. The book is a pretty slow-paced, literary sort of read that winds around through the heads of several Chinese government workers involved in a secret space project attempting to establish contact […]Read More Three Body Problem: A Book Review and Explanation
Bloom’s disinherited work, A Flight to Lucifer, represents Bloom’s tribute to David Lindsay’s eerie masterpiece, A Voyage to Arcturus. Although the works are similar, it’s worth noting that there are substantial differences, suggesting Bloom wanted to separate himself from Lindsay’s legacy and forge his own variation on Lindsay’s original work. Despite this, the work bears […]Read More A Review of Harold Bloom’s Arcturus Sequel
This is a screenplay I wrote in the last year, a sequel to The Lord of the Rings. I am publishing it on here for free as fan fiction. The screenplay takes place seven years after the events in the original trilogy. This is the first of three screenplays I’m planning eventually on the return of Morgoth, […]Read More Lord of the Rings Sequel — Return of the Istari (Fan Fiction)
My new novel, Dream Electric, is a departure from a lot of novels going in some ways. In it, I’m trying to reinvent expressions, using a lot of leeway in hyphenation rules to create a different synergy than what you might expect in a lot of books. I’ve tried to make it avant-garde but not too […]Read More Dream Electric — An AR Book