We live in such a unique and complex era. Granted, every decade, century, or millennia comes with its individual nuances, and as time and technology progress, it’s nearly impossible to foresee what will happen next. One thing that can be predicted, almost without question, is human behavior. Across the span of human existence, the evolution of our reactions has been noticeably … Read More
1920’s Lingo Part 2: Are You Hip to the Jive?
The roaring 20’s. A time of flappers, gangsters, and speakeasies. Words were much more evocative then, weren’t they? They sparked just the right image and emotion. They captured just the right meaning. Why else would we still be stuck on them today? Welcome back to Part II of the 1920’s Lingo! If you missed part I, you can find it … Read More
The War of Worldcraft (updated)
World-building is one of the most important factors of a good story. You’re dropping your reader into a place they’ve never been before, so it’s imperative they have a firm grasp of the world around them. Unique details make this place its own universe filled with distinct (and oftentimes inhuman) characters, a government with unusual politics, and unfamiliar social constructs. … Read More
My Thrive Experience: 2 Week Update
Where to begin? I’m not a highly emotional person. I’m rational, skeptical, and even a bit cynical at times. But not with Thrive. It’s no small thing when I say: Thrive has completely changed my life. Starting my second week, I’m beginning to rest better. Sleep and gut issues have always been my biggest struggles. When one is off, … Read More
1920’s Lingo Part I: Are You Hip to the Jive?
The roaring 20’s. A time of flappers, gangsters, and speakeasies. Words were much more evocative then, weren’t they? They sparked just the right image and emotion. They captured just the right meaning. Why else would we still be stuck on them today? My current work in progress, FLUX, has an on the level character who lived through prohibition and loves to … Read More
Don’t Cry Alone in the Bathroom
April 19, 1995 – This was the first time in my few short years when I realized evil was real. It wasn’t reserved for storybook characters or fantasy lands. It existed in my world, and it was no respecter of persons. A newspaper with this image on the front page lay on the counter top. I vividly remember the profound … Read More
…but that isn’t believable
YA. Young-adult. Teen reads. However you want to say it, it’s a genre that’s been up in the air for the past decade or so. By publishers’ standards, it’s generally accepted that the main character falls between the ages of 12-17. Since the dawn of novels like Twilight, readers’ ages have branched out in both directions. In fact, according to Publisher’s Weekly, over half … Read More