Category: Extras

All Hands Meeting

“Okay, okay. Can may I have your attention please!” The man addressing the audience was a bit portly and unkempt. He was exceedingly hairy, though while his face and arms were visibly hirsute, the one place where hair was beginning to diminish was his head. Nonetheless, he seemed the jovial sort, and the crowd quickly… Read more »

How I Write: Step 4.5 – The On-The-Fly Rewrite

I’d not anticipated doing another “How I Write” article until I was finished with the rough draft, but given the major shift this story just took in my head, it’s worth doing a little addendum to my Rough Draft Step concerning when a better idea asserts itself. The Hardware All the same hardware as before,… Read more »

How I Write: Step 4 – The Rough Draft

Now for the part of being an author that most authors thought was the only part of being an author before they got started: Writing. In an ideal world, this is what you would spend most of your time doing. In the real world, a high writing-to-other stuff ratio is best, but unless you’ve got… Read more »

How I Write: Step 3 – Setting the Scenes

By now, I’ve got the overall story roughly sketched out in outline form. If I was a more skillful writer, I’m sure at this point I’d have all that I needed to start writing. Indeed, it’s common for me to just start writing at this stage, but lately I’ve started doing one more step. I… Read more »

How I Write: Step 2 – The Outline

I don’t always do an outline, but lately I’ve found that having one makes for a faster writing process and shorter overall books. Shorter books, naturally, aren’t always my aim, but if I’m in a time crunch or if I want to write more than a book or two a year, keeping a book from… Read more »

How I Write: Step 1 – Bird’s Eye View

Intro While I’ve been lucky enough to be a full-time author for a few years now, I’ve never had any formal training in creative writing. My “system” for writing a story has evolved out of trial and error. I can’t say for certain my way is particularly efficient or likely to produce a masterpiece, but… Read more »

Character Interview: Azriel

Here’s the Character Interview I’d promised a while back. Sorry it took me so long. As with all interviews, this is technically non-Canon. It also contains potential spoilers for nearly all currently released Book of Deacon stories, and my just hint at things to come. I also decided to try something else with this one,… Read more »

First Annual Meeting of the ULCA

A circle of folding chairs sat on the floor of an old auditorium. To one side of the circle a folding table had been set up, arrayed with snacks and soft-drinks as well as a portable radio on a classic rock station. Over the course of a few minutes, an unusual assortment of figures filtered… Read more »

Character Interview: Captain McCulloch West

Better late than never! As voted by the fans, the latest character interview is of the gruff but capable Captain McCulloch “Cap’n Mack” West, from my Free-Wrench and Skykeep books! I hope you enjoy it! — In the Captain’s Quarters, which served double duty as an office and a bedroom, McCulloch West was as near to… Read more »

Book of Deacon 4 Sneak Peek: The Villain Awakens

I realized a little while ago that I’d been writing this big long Book of Deacon story and I don’t think I’d actually shared any, as I had in the past. Time to rectify that. I might pick out one or two more before the release, but for now, here’s the villain scene. — Somewhere… Read more »