Conduits | The Hunt for Junk Begins HERE…

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A year or more ago I wrote a story I referred to as a “junkpunk” novel. It was a story about a girl who can bring rusted, broken down machines to life using magic fireflies. This girl, Clara Danvers, is a conduit. She lives in a world where generations past the world went dark. Electricity blinked out […]

Musings | Randomness

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My wife is an avid reader. She reads more than I do… if you can believe that. Look, I’m a writer. I spend time writing, sometimes (most times) more time than I do reading. Anyway. My wife reads–I think–like two or three books a week. I’m guessing here. She guesses she read 100+ books in […]

Musings | Literary Pick-up Lines

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Any writer will tell you how critical the first chapter of a book can be to draw in a reader. The first chapter is the hook. Actually… it’s the bait. Not many chapter are long. They punch the reader in the nose and let them know what’s up. Like a punch, the first chapter has to have […]

The Craft | Genesis… No… not you, Phil

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Inspiration streaks across an author’s mind like a shooting star. Sudden. There and gone. Sometimes you make the wish and then the falling piece of space debris is gone. Other times, if you’re lucky, you grab that piece of inspiration by the tail, yank yourself on it, and ride that bucking sucker to a fully […]

The Craft | Designing Characters

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The internet is a black hole in the subspace of our lives. Clicking on a link reveals a crap-load of other links that demand your clicky-clicky-clicky-clicky attention. Four hours later and you’ve skipped two meals, forgotten to pick up the kids, realized a ten-page college paper is due in (shit) 30 minutes!, and for some […]