Subjective Criticism in an Objective World

🗓 21 Nov 2016

When you put yourself out there, you are opening yourself up to criticism. You are putting your product and passion up for the scrutiny of others. Others that may not be aware of what you were trying to do, may have different tastes, and may just be cruel with their words. This is the game of being a creative, of producing anything. There will be critics. I am a critic. I have a food and movie review blog. I like...

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The Good Days and The Bad Days

🗓 11 Jul 2016

The good days are when I: Can spin a phrase without even trying. Put together dialogue seamlessly. Make only minor mistakes. Plow through a chapter in a sitting. Feel my blood spark with inspiration. Start planning out the future, smiling as I do. Flow through the story and words like I am swimming. Can focus for hours on end. Know exactly where I am going. Create a structure and order that is instantly pleasing. Find the word and phrases to...

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Contradictions in the Process are Opportunities for Advancement

🗓 16 May 2016

There are times when I hit a snag along the line. The internal version, updated every moment, of the world and the events spirals along and maybe goes against what I've put forth as canon so far. What I believe is canon conflicts slightly with what is canon in the print. It is never a hard conflict; just like a phrasing stumble that has put me in a bit of a corner. I get extremely frustrated when this happens. Part...

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Common Writing Mistakes I Make

🗓 29 Feb 2016

A short list of common writing mistakes that I fall prey to constantly and some thoughts on them. Cause it is good to tell the world what you suck. This is very cathartic. I think every writer should do it. Including people who write but are not 'writers.' Showing off your problems so you can improve and so on. Whatever. Here we go: Using 'lied' instead of 'laid.' I like how 'lied' sounds, but I suppose laid is more correct....

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If you use DRM, I hate you.

🗓 11 Sep 2015

Also published on Medium Preface: I don't use DRM on my books. Do what you want with it. Pirate it for all I care. If people are reading it, I'm happy. Brendan Mruk and Matt Lee If you use DRM, I hate you. DRM is terrible. It needs to die in a fire and never come back. I bought something. Doesn’t that mean I own it and I can do whatever I want (barring distribution/piracy) with it? Dammit, I just...

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Sample Chapters Posted and a Confession

🗓 27 Aug 2015

Because I am a wonderful person and I love giving things away for free, I just posted the first two chapters of How to Stop Wildfire and Harmonic Waves as sample chapters. Nothing special. Just in pdf form. To give people something to munch on. You're welcome. Shut up and download them. Obviously don't read the second without reading the first. And here is where I say that I hate the first few chapters. Beginnings are the hardest. The first...

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Book Cover Design: The Struggle is Real

🗓 21 Jul 2015

Book cover design is a ridiculously important part of the self-publishing process. The book cover design is important to attracting readers. Readers, although they are named such, don't read the blurb or first few pages to decide if they want to read your book, they just look at the cover. I am guilty of this, so I am not complaining. It is just how we as Humans operate. Like anyone does not. Photo from Build a Dean Because of that...

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