This week, I want to step back into reality (which may or may not vary from the story of our intrepid Captain and crew...) We've been nomads for four months now. While we're still newbs, we've developed a few useful insights I'd like to share. First, this isn't a lifestyle for everyone. You need to … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Discovery
Far from the typical beer swilling, black out, junk flashing party days of our nation's leaders, my college glory days involved a decidedly different all-nighter - gaming. When I downed a tankard of mead, there was usually a constitution check involved. If anyone passed out it was from either self-induced sugar comas or lack of … Continue reading Battletech – Digitally Reliving the Glory Days
Hey. Spencer here. I've been online ever since I could remember. Hell, Mom posted sonogram photos on Facebook before Dad made her take them down. Down from her fake account about our fake life. Like he was worried somebody would notice a resemblance between fetus me and his masked, muscled self. Then I was born. … Continue reading Some Demented Guy Keeps Posting My Life Story
It took an epic deluge (Minnesota is more rainy and humid than I'd imagined), the sequestering of my son in his ivory tower, and sending my wife to the other side of the country to get the chance to do the one thing I've been meaning to do for weeks - sit down and write. … Continue reading Quick Writing Update – Crimson Son Series
We're in southern Minnesota for the week getting my son squared away at college. I thought about giving an update on our mobile adventures but, turns out, one was already waiting for me in my text messages. Now if only the next book will write itself...
The following went out to my email list subscribers, so you may have already seen this, but if not... In case you missed it: The signed Crimson Son giveaway has ended and the winners have been notified - check your inboxes and maybe even the Spam folder. One winner has yet to respond! My own … Continue reading A Peek into the Future of the Crimson Son Universe!
Turmoil and change are often great fodder for creativity. The threshold between what was and what will be is the perfect recipe for fiction. Every story is about becoming or undoing (or both - see The Stormblade Saga...) and the personal experiences navigating change are what feed an author's prose. With my life both tucked … Continue reading Bracing for Impact
Mark Watney ain't got nothing on Opportunity. His 90 day mission is going on the sixteenth year. Sixteen years. That's sixty four times the intended life expectancy. Over that time he's sampled soil, sent back 225,000 breathtaking pictures, traveled 28 miles, and clawed his crippled, blinded way out of trenches with one arthritic arm and … Continue reading Feeling Overwhelmed? Think of This Guy…
Two years ago, my family decided to turn our lives upside down. We'd been living in suburban bliss for thirteen years. But somewhere along the way that bliss became an anesthesia. I'm restless by nature (see my resume...) but not impulsive. Every new direction I've pursued has been made with careful consideration and often for … Continue reading Not a Van Down by the River, but It’ll Do
As always, I've been wrestling with how to approach the online side of this author gig. Lately, the eBook market has undergone a fundamental shift. Most of these changes I've been watching approach like a distant train. All of them make me uncomfortable as an individual creative professional trying to make a living. Amazon seems … Continue reading New and Improved! Less Corporate Skimming!