Doing Your Best to be Bad


  A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend Salt Lake City's inaugural convention, FantasyCon. I hadn't been to a Con in years and when I had attended, it was either as a vendor or helping out with the live action role playing (LARPs). This time it was purely as a spectator (sort of, I was also scoping out the venue as a possibility for selling the Bonds of Blood & Spirit Saga next year).  I had three whole days packed with all kinds of interesting panels with guest speakers. Among these panels was one called What Makes a Great Villain? Wendi and I know what makes a … [Read More>>]

The Secret to Collaboration: Never Assume


When we finished the Bonds of Blood & Spirit Saga, Packmates (the BBS fans) all raised a glass with us to celebrate the good news. Now we've started breaking ground on the next series, The Color of Storms. We're well aware that when inspiration hits, we'll be off and running like a freight train without breaks. But for now, we have ten chapters that kind of fit. How can that be? Either it fits or it doesn't, right? Honestly, we started work on Storms last summer while Wendi was on family vacation. We were deep into Legacies edits and were stalled out because it was hard for her to … [Read More>>]

You’re Not Alone: Creativity and Depression


The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Nassir Ghaemi Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive Have you ever had a day when you just didn't want to get out of bed? Sure, lots of folks have those kind of days, but I'm not talking about the kind where the bed is just so comfy you don't want to get up. There's another kind of "don't wanna get out of bed". The kind where getting up means facing the world and wondering if it's actually worth it. You've got a churning in your stomach … [Read More>>]

Plotholes and Dubious Superpowers


"I call bullshit!" "Why?" "That would never happen. It's totally ridiculous." Conversations like this are the norm whenever my friend Pete and I watch movies. We're very critical of plots, characters and actions. Pete's threshold when it comes to suspension of disbelief is very low compared to mine, but there are times when even I have to agree a scene is total BS. I'm sure it happens to you too. You could be reading a book, rolling right along, totally engrossed in the story when out of nowhere you're plunged into a plothole so big it rivals the potholes you'd find on a street in … [Read More>>]

Why Aren’t You Writing?


Every November, thousands of writers are deep into NaNoWriMo.  And now in July there's Camp NaNoWriMo. All of these writers have been spurred into action by the call of writing a whole novel in one month. They've made a firm decision to set aside the excuses and meet the challenge head on. What I … [Read More>>]

Risky Business and the Art of Writing

Risky Business and the Art of Writing

Writing is risky business. Maybe not the kind of risk the pioneers took when moving west (can you tell I've been watching epic westerns all weekend?), or the kinds of risks a test pilot or soldier would face. Our risks are the risks no one sees. These are risks of the heart, they're laying our … [Read More>>]

What’s Your Game Plan For Writing?


I have often wished there was some way I could plug my computer directly into my brain and simply think a novel into being.  The story is in there, along with many others, all of them waiting to be written. It would be so nice to just have that specific information extracted and put into a file … [Read More>>]