Last night, Jessie and I had our first writing session since… she moved to Denver.
You see, we used to meet periodically with our laptops and notebooks at a little cafe in Columbia, MD to take notes, talk shop, and brainstorm about whatever writing projects we were working on at the time.
Now that Jessie lives in Baltimore and I live just outside the city, we agreed to find a new writer’s cafe. Continue reading Exploring Writing and Cafes in Fells Point
I miss studying language. I took French in middle/high school, German in college, and Arabic in college/grad school. The roots and origins of words has always fascinated me, and I will still look up words that catch my fancy. Continue reading And My New Favorite German Word is… Fledermaus!
Season 7 of Game of Thrones premiers in five days (!), and I for one am stoked. A lot has been made of the philosophies one can glean from these stories, so I wanted to give my own thoughts.
The ongoing argument is that George R.R. Martin is a nihilist and created these stories to beat his readers over the head with tragedy and suffering.
I disagree, and I will use this post to explain why.
Spoilers ahoy! I will be freely discussing spoilerish information from both the books and the show, so if you’ve somehow managed to avoid them to this point, this post is probably not for you. Continue reading A Philosophy of Ice and Fire
Imagine there’s a 500-word chunk of your story that you crafted, carefully shaping it to flow with the rest of the chapter and fit into your story’s themes. It may have taken you 15 or 20 minutes to write that section, read over it, make adjustments to wording or style, and move on to the next section.
But then something changes. Continue reading 3 Reasons You Have to Cut That Scene
I have talked about my upcoming novel, The Warden of Everfeld: Memento, in mostly vague terms to this point. That is largely by design.
I tend to hold my own dreams and aspirations near and dear to my heart until I feel like I’m ready to express them to people beyond my most inner circle. But, I think it’s time I actually begin sharing some of the world-building I have been doing over the last several years. Continue reading Úr’Dan: Exploring the Alternate Universe
I did not come into Manuscript: Beta intending to rewrite entire sections, entire chapters, or even entire characters. I thought it would simply be a matter of using the foundation I had with Manuscript: Alpha to write a more polished story. Continue reading Friday Write Day: Revisions Phase 2
Manuscript: Beta has been difficult to deal with this week, in a sort of weird, roundabout, good way. I made my first major cuts from Manuscript: Alpha… Continue reading Friday Write-Day: Trimming the Fat
I saw Rogue One on Saturday morning with Present Wife. I have been excited for this film ever since it was first announced shortly after the release of The Force Awakens last year. It was amazing. Continue reading ROGUE ONE Re-Affirms Disney’s Commitment to STAR WARS
Returning to draft,
reshaping an old story–
like seeing old friends.
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Good news, everyone! All of my alpha readers are officially (finally) finished! I just met with a friend of mine last night to discuss the major themes and ideas that stuck out to him during his read of The Warden of Everfeld: Memento. It. Was. Fantastic.
It’s been entertaining, in a way, to hear these four friends/family members apologize profusely for how they’re about to eviscerate my novel before my eyes. Continue reading Friday Write-Day: The Revision Plan