Craft in Reverse 1 – 2 12 2019

Welcome to craft in reverse, a blog series where I take a popular piece of writing advice and deconstruct it before your very eyes! Here’s hoping this isn’t a terrible idea.

This week’s piece of writing advice goes as follows: Don’t use adjectives or adverbs.

I really like this piece of advice. When one removes these simpler ways to add descriptive flavor the writer must rely on stronger verbs to deliver the desired meaning. Definitely, overusing adjectives and adverbs can make a piece a drag to read.

However…

A well-placed adjective (Or even, GASP, an adverb!) can torque the emphasis of a sentence with vivid verb and subject to an even higher level. And sometimes, the opposite case, where one can deliver the meaning one intends most efficiently with simple descriptors.

Like practically every piece of writing advice, this one needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

This one is brief, but if it proved at all interesting or useful, let me know. I will be back next week with more of this series. In the mean-time enjoy the podcasts and other posts on this blog.

My books are available at Amazon.com. Check out my author profile if you’re interested.

Thanks for reading!

Practice Makes Practice 1 – 2 12 2019

Hello, writers and readers! This blog series is all about my process as a writer and the continuing journey of writing each week, each day, each session.

Lately, I’ve been following some ideas I read about from fellow science fiction author, Chris Fox. Somewhere in his series of writing advice books (I can’t recall exactly which one, but possibly “5000 Words Per Hour”) is the idea of writing sprints, a concept available all over the place.

I’ve tried the technique of writing for timed segments, whether its 30 minutes or an hour before. Last week I decided to try again. This time I shot smaller each session, writing just 15 minutes at a time in the program I use to block distractions (Cold Turkey Writer). I found this really helps me where I’m currently positioned mentally in my writing career.

The core of my writing challenges lately is something like doubt leading to inattention. I doubt my next move for whatever reason, and then I don’t want to look at the story because it makes me uncomfortable. I procrastinate as result. Anything but the book.

The above is my current problem, but investing 15 minutes at a time is easier for me as a discovery writer than saying to myself, “I know what the next 1000 or 2000 words will be, so I can sit down for an hour and hammer them out.” I like the smaller requirement of time, but I’ve been doing two or three sessions back to back a lot of the time.

Writing begets writing, as the wisdom of my elders goes.

I wrote about 9000 words last week, 15 minutes at a time.

So that’s where I’m at as of this writing.

I plan to continue this blog about my writing practice each Monday, but that’s not all. Tune in every day of the week for a new podcast or post about writing, or on Wednesdays, role playing games.

Now, for some quick business. My books are available at Amazon.com. The Pillar Universe series, The Root Conspiracy series, and the Spells of The Curtain series are all out in force. The Pillar Universe is a space opera and my latest work. The Root Conspiracy is cyberpunk with an emphasis on interpersonal and communications as well as very human characters. Spells of the Curtain is my current most-selling series and consists of six short fantasy novellas following a young mage as he works to preserve the nation where he lives.

Read Storm Fleet now!http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LCQC6JL

Thanks for reading!

Storm Fleet Preorder Now Live

I am proud to announce my next novel, Storm Fleet is available now for preorder, releasing December 19th.

The first book in The Pillar Universe series, Storm Fleet is space opera like you’ve never read before. Follow Yajain on her journey and see what I’m raving about, hee hee.

If you love science fiction high on action and adventure, preorder and read it when it launches. Happy holidays and thanks for reading!

Old Books Made New

Hello readers, gamers, and people who are interested in both.

I’m lacking experience in nonfiction suspense, so I’ll just get to it.

I’ve just rereleased my short book, originally entitled “The Mangrove Suite” under a new name,  and will be relaunching the series over the next two weeks.

This series takes place in a post-apocalyptic future society where a caste of superhuman protectors is also the greatest threat to humanity’s survival. Our hero doesn’t fathom how deep the roots of the conspiracy go and keeps getting dragged in deeper as the story progresses.

I put a lot of big ideas into these books, but they’re all quick reads. If you enjoy the works of William Gibson or Richard K. Morgan but could use a dose of post-apocalyptic horror blended with the cyberpunk world this series is for you.

Book one “Memory Lost” is out now, so click the cover below if it sounds interesting. Book two “Mind Chase” drops this Friday, but is also available for preorder if you click the image below. Book three will come out early in August. Share and enjoy and thank you all for reading as well as listening!


Of Mooks and Monsters goes on Vacation

Hello, fellow mooks and monsters. I’m here with some news.

Rob Ward and I are going on a bit of a podcast vacation. We’re a bit behind in recording, and with last week’s technical difficulties we’re feeling the need to reassess and revitalize the show. When we’re back, don’t expect any huge changes. We’re going to keep recording, but we need time to build up the buffer again. From Rob and me, have a great break.

We’ll be back before you know it.

Thanks for listening (And reading).

Back at the Video

Hey, everybody. I planned to ignore the blog today.

Funny how things go around, because now I’m here, typing straight into the text box.

I want to let you all know, I am beginning to breathe new life into my old youtube channel. It’s here, with a new video right now.

It’s getting late for me to be up, but my twin bother thrashed me for being lazy, so I’m here.

I’ve been having a tough couple weeks in one sense, because of a family health issue. On the other hand, I have also been relaxing almost constantly, in addition to doing a little editing on the next novel.

Anyway, if you’re interested in writerly video blogs, give mine a look. Here is the channel.

Thanks for reading and watching.

Nuh-uh Syndrome

Hey everybody! The Mangrove Suite has a snazzy new cover! I also finished a novel’s rough draft this week, but that’s not really what I feel like discussing today on the blog.

You see, I have ADHD, even as an adult it is a bother to concentrate. I am medicated for this condition, but recently I tried downsizing my dosage for the last few months. Earlier this week I decided the attempt was resulting in depression and other issues that arose in the absence of the full dose.

After a few days on my prescribed dose of ADHD medication, something occurred to me.

For me, ADHD is the “Nuh-uh!” syndrome.

That is to say, when I want to do something difficult or requiring focus, ADHD says, like a petulant child: “Nuh-uh!”

When I have trouble dealing with this issue it feels as though I’m more the voice that says “nuh-uh,” than when I’m medicated sufficiently. With the medication, the voice is quieter and also easier to ignore.

Anyway, I’ll be back next week with more about fiction than I had this time.

Thanks for reading.

Friday Morning Rambling and NaNoWriMo

I don’t recall exactly what happened in my dream last night.

I wish I did because they left me feeling pretty cheerful when I woke up.

It’s been a pretty odd week. For one thing, early on, I stayed up for 30 consecutive hours, hoping I could focus to finish my current work in progress in one day and night. I got a lot of words, but the book is still in process. I should be able to finish the book sometime between now and next Tuesday.

And yes, it is NaNoWriMo this month. Many writers of all kinds and commitment levels go to the trenches to try to write 50,000 words in one month.

I have done word counts like this before, but I’m a bit out of practice at the moment. Last month I almost managed it. This year, I’m not signed up to participate, but make no mistake, my goal is to write as many words as I can this month. No staying up all night, though. I want to make this more sustainable than my past mentality of writing as a special occasion (Which is silly for a lot of reasons, not least because it’s over half my job right now).

So, as November begins, let me encourage those of you doing NaNo to keep in mind sustainability for the future. A burst of words is a good time, but words week in and week out is even better, in my opinion.

Good day and good luck.

Thanks for reading.