Crimson Peak Official Teaser Trailer #1

Plot Description: "A haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro & Matthew Robbins and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam and Jim Beaver. In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is … Continue reading Crimson Peak Official Teaser Trailer #1

My Old Coffee Mug is Gone Forever

I've sad news. My toddler broke my coffee mug. It was black and square-shaped. I had it for almost ten years. Now only broken shards remain of a once majestic cup. My purveyor of sanity is gone. My loyal sidekick is no more. The end of a very long chapter came tumbling to a shattering conclusion. … Continue reading My Old Coffee Mug is Gone Forever

Homemade Dictionary (aka Dietrich’s Great Harem of Words)

I should've done this a long, long time ago. The other day while minding my 20-month-old girl, my thoughts drifted to my current WIP, and I wondered how I could make the most of my limited writing time to get more done. For me one of the things that eats a lot of that time is … Continue reading Homemade Dictionary (aka Dietrich’s Great Harem of Words)

#Art of Fantasy 5: Paul Bonner

I don't recall precisely when I discovered Paul Bonner's work, only that it fascinated me enough that I bought his art book, Out of the Forests: The Art of Paul Bonner. It stands proudly next to my Frazetta books. Bonner is a fantasy artist who has created art for over twenty years, most notably for gaming companies. … Continue reading #Art of Fantasy 5: Paul Bonner

My #Writing Space

My office at night. It's well-used. The desk pad is worn through by my elbows. I need a new chair. I don't mind. It's familiar and cozy. It's a place for working. It's deceptive. It looks plain and unassuming. But it serves as my portal to worlds unseen. cultures and people yet to be named. … Continue reading My #Writing Space

#Writing Adventures: Showing

Every morning when I go through my emails there is one specific email I look forward to reading and that is bestselling author David Farland's Daily Kick in the Pants.  He provides writing advice on anything from finding your writing voice to worldbuilding to reading poetry (or paying attention to any form of art, really) to … Continue reading #Writing Adventures: Showing

#Art of Fantasy 4: Brom

I promised dark. I present to you the art of Brom. I've been an admirer of Brom's work for a long while. He and Frazetta are the only artists, in my humble opinion, able enough to draw and paint Conan the way Robert E. Howard envisaged the iconic barbarian. Of course, there is also an … Continue reading #Art of Fantasy 4: Brom