Snark Has Always Existed

I was just reading this interesting story about a high-schooler in 1963 who sent a survey to 150 well-known authors of literary, commercial, and science fiction. The story is worth a read unto itself, but my takeaway comes from Ayn Rand’s response to the boy, enshrined in the picture on the right. “This is not…

Today a Shark Tweeted Me

As a goof, I decided to ask @HelentheShark a question and to my surprise, she answered! Please see below for examples of hilarity ensuing: I do! I especially like @alanthomasdoyle (and #GreatBigSea). Pretty much Sea Shanty geniuses! — HelenTheShark (@HelenTheShark) July 26, 2017 You might be wondering what this has to do with being a…

State of the Art – 07/25/2017

Haven’t written one of these in a while. It makes sense to only talk about the author work when I have something interesting to share; who wants to hear ‘cranking on this’ or ‘tweeting about that’ every single week? Here’s what’s happening right now: Mesh Getting some semi-positive responses on my query letters for Mesh….

I Can’t Save the World

Bear with me, I’m a little messed up tonight. I don’t spend time with many people, but I do hang out with one guy. My downstairs neighbor is a decent person who copes with problems you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. He’s middle-aged, he’s got muscular dystrophy and he ekes out an existence on…

New Free Short Story – Superhero Shrink: Climate Change

I’m pleased to say that Dr. Christopher is back in a new short story that follows up our favorite superhero mental health professional. I needed a break from polishing Mesh, and decided to knock out this four-thousand-word short that continues the adventures of one very special psychiatrist, and his incredibly damaged patients. This time, Doctor Christopher…

Should Authors Do a Patreon?

I’m posting this because I’ve been told on more than one occasion that I should consider doing a Patreon to fund my writing. You may not understand what a Patreon is, so let me bring you up to speed. According to Wikipedia, Patreon is ‘an American Internet-based membership platform that provides business tools for creators…

Yes We Can – Madeline L’Engle – ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

Just read this post regarding Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, and thought ‘this is me. This is us.’ I can’t think of a better case for perseverance on the part of brave new authors than Wrinkle in Time, since it took so many attempts and so much time in order to bring the story to life….

Stanley Kubrick: Beautiful Insanity

When we write, we dream of what success looks like. Then success happens and we’re left wondering where we went wrong. This is an interesting write-up of what it was like working on A.I. with Stanley Kubrick. It seems that the strange worlds of his films were matched only by the strange world of himself. I…