The Sordid Tale: A Follow-Up on Handbook for Mortals

I mentioned this earlier – a book on the NYT best-seller list had the hallmarks of a massive book-selling scam. The amateur sleuthes of the Internet uncovered her story and now the truth comes tumbling out. ‘Handbook for Mortals’ gamed its way onto the NYT best-seller list for 23 hours. Now that the book is…

New Free Wallpaper

In celebration my new short story ‘Body Issues,’ I’m releasing the book cover as a free wallpaper. Made this from Unsplash and a few hours on Photoshop. I love sci-fi and so I make photoreal pictures in addition to writing stories. I made this as a cover but expanded the work to show everything outside…

Five Reasons Why I Don’t Submit Free Short Stories

Okay, let me put my ‘Bardist’ hat on. I’ve submitted stories to free online ‘zines, participated in write-a-thons, and responded to writing prompts. Some friends are writers, some friends are editors. I’ve heard a lot of debate about the realities of art and commerce in the modern writing game. At a certain point, I decided…

Learning About Storytelling From Mr. Rogers

I just ran across this video essay and wanted to share it. If you’re like me, you’re interested in how the craft of storytelling is developed. You might not have considered Mr. Rogers to be a master storyteller, but he was actually very good at that job. As the filmmaker says, his storytelling reflects a…

I Know, Let’s Offend Everyone!

Science fiction is no stranger to controversy, but I always thought the controversial topics were the concepts not the people doing the talking. Sadly, the people who cannot innovate new ideas must innovate new ways to annoy us. That’s what leads us to the following abortive attempt to discuss social topics with sensitive candor:

Audience Building With @Scalzi

The Internet has mixed feelings about John Scalzi. Personally, I’m a fan. Guy writes good sci-fi and remains down-to-earth despite his level of success. Not only that, he’s always up to talk to regular people and has a fair amount of integrity: I need to re-think my goals as an author. I think what I…

Project 2019 … ?

I wouldn’t call myself a producer or a showman. I’m just in the business of taking ideas that excite me and seeing what happens to them. For example Bob Ross was a painter the moment he bought a canvas, an easel and some paint and started creating. But he didn’t become the Bob Ross until…

Benefits of a Creative Sci-Fi Life

Sorry, not sorry – I like Taylor Swift. For the most part, I find her music fun to listen to and her lyrics can be jaw-droppingly insightful. When I heard the buzz about “Look at What You Made Me Do,” I scooted over to Youtube and checked it out. No offense to Ms. Swift or…