Book review: Night Letter, by Sterling Watson

Night Letter by Sterling Watson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Night Letter, by Sterling Watson, would be an ugly, uncomfortable read if it wasn’t for the brilliance of Watson’s skill with language. His descriptive passages are painted with dense and evocative strokes, capturing the sweaty, bug-ridden lushness of a… Continue reading

Rain rain go away

What do you think?  Is it time for me to get a boat? Nah. The rain will end, so I’ll just keep whining — er, I mean, writing about it.   That’s my “driveway” right outside my gate.  Considering it’s been puddly in that spot for weeks now, there’s gotta be… Continue reading

How to self-publish

Yesterday I attended a writing workshop given by author Stephen F Havill, who not only knows a heck of a lot about writing, but also knows about lots of other cool stuff, like flying, gunsmithing, gardening, water systems, and automotive restoration (not to mention various methods of killing people and… Continue reading

Book review: Lisey’s Story, by Stephen King

Lisey’s Story by Stephen King My rating: 5 of 5 stars If any writer can immerse us in a reality of his own making, it’s Stephen King. Even when he’s not writing horror he so subtly fuzzes the line between uber-reality and the uncanny that you never can quite put… Continue reading

Book review: Refuse to Be Done, by Matt Bell

Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts by Matt Bell My rating: 5 of 5 stars What a pleasant surprise Matt Bell‘s Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts was! After reading the first page or… Continue reading

Evolution Device is 2

Two years ago yesterday my novel of music and magic, Evolution Device was published. Two years ago tomorrow, it was a Big Idea. THE BIG IDEA is a regular feature on Whatever, the blog of multi-award winning science fiction author John Scalzi.  It features essays by authors about the ideas behind the writing… Continue reading

Book review: The Change series, by S.M. Stirling

Dies the Fire (book 1 of The Change Series) by S.M. Stirling My rating: 5 of 5 stars S.M. Stirling‘s Change series & associated novels are my favorite post-apocalyptic books ever. Incredible world-building highlights a variety of cultures based on the various sub-cultures we’re familiar with in today’s world, and… Continue reading

Book review: Violeta, by Isabel Allende

Violeta by Isabel Allende My rating: 5 of 5 stars I adore everything that Isabel Allende writes, but Violeta stands out as one of her best. The book is one long love letter to someone Violeta loves dearly, recounting the events of her life, and what an extraordinary life it… Continue reading