LexiCon 2017: Done and Dusted!

"Babylon's Song" did not win the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novella. Yes, I am sad. It would have been nice to have won but such is life. For those readers who nominated "Babylon's Song," thank you. It's because of you that my novella was shortlisted and for that, I am eternally thankful. At … Continue reading LexiCon 2017: Done and Dusted!

Mark Lawrence On Writing

Every now and again I share some writerly advice from other more successful writers here. As a writer, I believe we never stop learning and this is my way of having you along with me as I nurture my own limited skill and attempt to sway Lady Luck to cast her eyes favorably upon me. … Continue reading Mark Lawrence On Writing

The Awesome Power of Short Fiction

I dedicate this post to those who love reading short stories and to those who love writing them (including this writer). I'm reblogging an article from ScreenCraft about why short stories make such great movies. On top of that, and as a way of confirming the above, a producer friend of a friend explained that short … Continue reading The Awesome Power of Short Fiction

Interlude: The Benefits of Failure by J.K. Rowling

A quick interlude. My regular "Art of Fantasy" post will follow in a few minutes. I discovered an oldish speech by J.K. Rowling on the "Benefits of Failure" and her explanation of how rock bottom can serve as a solid foundation resonated deeply with me as a writer, and for that reason, I am sharing … Continue reading Interlude: The Benefits of Failure by J.K. Rowling

SFFWorld.com: The Setbacks and Joys of Universe Building by M.J. Kelley

M.J. Kelly, publisher and founder of Kōsa Press, wrote an article for SFFWorld.com, one of the oldest genre websites featuring the best in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. In the article, Kelley talks about writers staying true to their vision when creating a universe from the ground up and he also explains the hurdles and … Continue reading SFFWorld.com: The Setbacks and Joys of Universe Building by M.J. Kelley

Writers Unite Podcast: Episode 1 – The Importance of a Writer’s Group

Today is a day for announcements it seems. M.J. Kelley, founder and publisher of Kōsa Press and creator of the Virtual Writer Workshop, is guest author on the Writers Unite Podcast. If you're a writer I'd suggest you go listen to the podcast. M.J. talks more about the workshop, about how critique groups can improve a writer, what … Continue reading Writers Unite Podcast: Episode 1 – The Importance of a Writer’s Group

Robert Harris on Writing

I found an article written by author Robert Harris on writing fiction. Harris has penned several bestselling historical novels. I haven't read all his books, and the ones I did read I read in a weird order. My first contact with Harris' work was Archangel, which in turn led me to Enigma, and then, Fatherland. Fatherland … Continue reading Robert Harris on Writing