So, it’s been a while…

So, it’s been a while. More than a while, if I’m being honest, but I do have a good reason. At least I believe that it’s a moderately decent reason. You may disagree. You may be thinking, “I actually didn’t mind not seeing his incessant little blog posts popping up every week!” Either way. HereContinue reading “So, it’s been a while…”

This is not a dream, and other things I learned this week…

            Madness, I tell you. It’s madness. Here I sit, a Sunday morning, and I find myself facing the real possibility that I might have the first draft of the third and final book in my series complete before the first book is even released into the world. If you asked me a year agoContinue reading “This is not a dream, and other things I learned this week…”

Doubt, or How I Slayed That Dragon, and Killed Some of My Darlings Too…

Well, I did it. I killed my darlings. There are still a few left, quite naturally, but the unwieldly beast that was the first draft of my novel, “The Girl in the Storm”, is now finally starting to come together. When it began it was probably close to 130K words, quite a feat no doubt,Continue reading “Doubt, or How I Slayed That Dragon, and Killed Some of My Darlings Too…”

Carefully Laid Plans, Or How They Don’t Really Matter in the End

Writing, at least in my experience, seems to have evolved along a few rather simple lines. First, I plan. Not extensively, mind you, but just enough so that I know where the story ends as well as a few of the big, crucial moments that mark the road along on the way. After that, IContinue reading “Carefully Laid Plans, Or How They Don’t Really Matter in the End”

The Theology of “A Season of Angels”

When I sat down to spin the tale of Genevieve Reidell, I knew the trappings of the world that she would inhabit. I knew that it would look like our own in nearly every way. The singular event that serves as a backdrop to “The Girl in the Storm”, a school shooting, is an event thatContinue reading “The Theology of “A Season of Angels””

Why I Write

Whenever I think of myself as a writer it’s easy to fall back to a love of stories and storytelling as the reason why I have always dreamed of venturing down this path. But that reason, while true in some respect, doesn’t quite manage to hit the mark. My love of writing began when IContinue reading “Why I Write”

On Chapter Titles, Outlines and the Adventure of a Story Coming Together…

Are chapter titles important? Do they matter as much as the story itself or is a number all that’s needed? I’ve seen authors that eschew the idea of deliberately named chapters and opt instead to simply number them out as the story marches on. I found myself, through the exploration of Genevieve’s story in TheContinue reading “On Chapter Titles, Outlines and the Adventure of a Story Coming Together…”

Chasing the Muse

I’m often asked, whenever someone stumbles upon the fact that I’m a writer, “Where do you come up with those ideas?” And there are times when I realize that describing that elusive “muse” in any meaningful, concrete way can sometimes be harder than the act of writing itself. What is it that inspires me? WhatContinue reading “Chasing the Muse”