Calculating Mortality

Calculating Mortality

In my college days, I tore through Robert Heinlein's catalog between semesters. The stories were entertaining, sure, but there was a common thread that Heinlein came back to time and again in his fiction that captured my attention. Narratively he had an obsession with...

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Breaking up the Band

Breaking up the Band

We first see Jenna Donnelly onstage in an empty night club. Her band is meeting to practice days before a big show. She sits with guitar in hand and legs folded under her, playing for no one but herself. Her Strat glistened candy apple green under a single spotlight....

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Blending Genre

Blending Genre

While wandering the labyrinth otherwise known as the query process (submitting letters and partial manuscripts to agents and publishers), I found myself facing the question of genre. Just what is this book? What audience would enjoy it? First and foremost BURIED BY...

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The Opening Squeeze

The Opening Squeeze

If there was one section of the book I agonized over, it had to be the prologue. It's not that the scenes there were difficult to write; it's more that I kept circling back to the first few paragraphs to refine them. I thought it was taking a little too long to...

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A Musical Trinity – The Last Paul

A Musical Trinity – The Last Paul

When I sit down at the keyboard, it's all about shifting gears to get into the right frame of mind. I have playlists for that, but sometimes I'll just reach for a specific artist or album to set a mood. I thought a lot about that process while crafting scenes with...

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Musical Influence, Fictional and Otherwise

Musical Influence, Fictional and Otherwise

What's going on in music in the year 2028? That was one of the trickier aspects of world building for me, and to be honest we only get snapshots of it by the end of BURIED BY THE SOUND. That, of course, is by design. The book opens with Jenna Donelly sitting on stage...

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Why We Dream of Space

Why We Dream of Space

Last week the world witnessed a spectacle courtesy of Elon Musk and SpaceX. There's a lot to unpack in the Falcon Heavy launch, but for me it was a moment of exhilaration, proof of what humanity is capable of when we dream of big things. We are not bound to this...

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Writing, Business, and Art Update!

Writing, Business, and Art Update!

Last week I finished edits on Buried by the Sound. When I waded back into editing the manuscript, I wasn't sure what condition it was in because it had been a few years since I touched it (sidetracked by kids!). The editing process was largely an affirmation of what...

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In Memory of Ursula K. Le Guin

In Memory of Ursula K. Le Guin

Words aren't adequate here, but I'll try. My uncle introduced me to SFF and comics, which played a huge role in shaping my interests and the person I would become. Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea trilogy was a pillar he set in my life as a reader. It would take a few years...

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Mayonaise, My Anthem

Mayonaise, My Anthem

In the early nineties, I opened a funky little bookshop in Chicago. While the store was corporately owned, the staff never stood for any of that. We were irreverent in everything we did, but we rocked hard and cashed in results for the company. After a year, sales...

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