Being an author is a pretty cool thing. People are always intrigued when they learn that I write. There are usually a string of questions and comments that follow. Most of them are good, well-intentioned questions. Others could probably be worded differently and expressed more concisely. The second group typically revolve around the “I’ve thought about writing, but I have a real job,” type of back-handed comment. I also have a “real job” that requires a lot of time and attention. On the other hand, I also have an undeniable urge and desire to write, so I make time for that too. Just like with everything else in life, it all boils down to prioritizing. I value my need for creativity, so I account for that in my day-to-day routine. Continue reading
“Yeah, see, it all started when this dame walked into my office, see. Nope, just kidding. This isn’t that kind of detective story. I’m not classy or elegant enough for all that mess.”
The return of Will McGee! He’s toppled an outlaw motorcycle club, crippled a drug distribution ring, and dealt with crushing personal blows along the way. So what do you do when you reach the end of the road? You turn around and ride back where you came from.
When a new black and blue patch begins popping up around Rough River Falls, along with some all-too-familiar faces, Will is confronted by his past. Whether he’s ready for it or not. Throw on a rain suit, because the sunshine is over.
Inspiration; it’s such a grand concept. I always envision somebody typing feverishly in a picturesque setting whenever I think of inspiration. Ideal scenarios always jump to mind, but let’s be honest, when do ideal scenarios ever actually present themselves in real life? Sure, maybe if we all lived in a Hallmark movie, but I’m pretty sure we don’t. A quick glance at the nightly news confirms this. Which leaves the reality of inspiration. Instead of having an immaculate work station in front of a giant picture window overlooking an isolated lake, I’m left with frantic scribbling on a piece of scrap paper while I’m trying to clear the table after dinner. There are countless memes about inspiration striking right before you drift off to sleep, only to wake up the next morning with no recollection with the brilliant idea you had mere hours before. Or in the shower, when you don’t have access to your phone, computer, or notepad. It never hits at an opportune time, so as a writer, you just have to make it work whenever the muse finds you.
Personally, if I’m unable to make a note in that instant (whether it be due to being in the shower, or driving, or what have you), I will continue to cycle the idea through my head, possibly expanding on it depending on the idea, until I’m able to jot it down. That keeps it from being forgotten, and even gives me a little extra time to develop it a little more. Then I get it noted the second I’m able to before it leaves me forever. It never fails, my ideas and creativity kick into overdrive every Sunday morning in church. Talk about awkward, try pulling your phone out of your pocket in the middle of a sermon and jotting down a note that just smacked you in the face. What makes it even more uncomfortable is that my subject matter tends to be about outlaw bikers, illegal substances, and illicit activities – not really topics I would call wholesome. Continue reading
As much as I enjoy reading and writing, I can’t deny I also enjoy a nice video game from time to time. Now I am by no means a gamer, as I haven’t purchased a gaming console in multiple years and the last one I bought was based more on the Blu-Ray function than the video game capabilities. (Yeah, I know.) I have a long, complicated history with video games, but as a parent to young children, my gaming days are pretty much behind me now. So I tend to run through the mobile app store every once in a while and see if there’s anything that catches my eye. I can’t really devote chunks of time to get into games that have story lines and characters, which usually leaves me with racing games, card games, puzzle games, random shooting games, etc. As fun as those can be in small doses, they certainly don’t engage the prefrontal cortex. So, in order to make myself not feel like I’m wasting brain cells on mindless games, I’ve put together a Top 5 list of literary-themed mobile games that provide a great justification for playing them – they’re smart, engaging, and thought-provoking. Sounds good, right? Then let’s get to it!
In the continued interest of bringing publicity to all corners of the writing community, I’d like to share a press release I received this morning from the other side of the globe! Coming all the way from Australia is Zombie Pirate Publishing with their latest anthology, World War Four. I’ll have an upcoming feature with more about them in the near future, but for now we’ll start with this:
WORLD WAR FOUR: A Science Fiction Anthology is available now from Zombie Pirate Publishing.
Einstein said: “I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
Turns out he was wrong…
WORLD WAR FOUR features twenty explosive short stories from authors all around the galaxy.
Plus a brand new, exclusive novelette from internationally acclaimed sci fi author NEAL ASHER!
Earth law has come to Godrun, a backwater planet on the edge of hostile alien space where slavery and corruption are rife. It’s up to Polity monitor Logan to clean up this den of thieves, no matter how many massive explosions it takes. Can the hired killers stop him? Or will a military drone named Sting be enough to swing the tide?
It’s an amazing tale, and just one of many in this 450 page, action packed anthology featuring space battles, high-tech jet dogfights, strange aliens and artificial intelligences, awesome weapons, and lots, lots more!
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