Josh R Smith

Story Time – The end of Waiting

  The End of Waiting – by Josh R Smith The neon lights of Ferros pushed back the grim atmosphere of the dank undercity alley. Or was it the dank atmosphere that squelched the neon lights. Dak Prescott wasn’t sure which it was, nor did he really care. All he wanted was for this job […]

Writer’s Help – Finding a plan

The biggest hurdle that you face as an author isn’t ensuring that your dialog isn’t flaky. It isn’t pacing, character development, or story beats. There’s one thing that needs to happen before your country cottage, intergalactic space station, or floating castle can take shape: You must put words on the page.

Into the Wild

One of the weekly hats I wear involves wrangling a group of around twenty middle school students and talk about what living as a Christian is all about. Some weeks we have great conversations about the why, and when of life. Other nights, we call it a win if no one “lets one go” during […]

Wordsowers Report

This past weekend I was honored to be at the Wordsowers Christian Writer’s Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. I was unsure about attending at first, I’ve only ever been to one writer’s conference. The faculty lineup, course offerings, price point, and proximity were all driving factors for my decision to go. But the one thing that […]

Flash Fiction – The Gnarled Oak

Flash Fiction – The Gnarled Oak

It’s been a busy couple weeks. Life’s chugging right along and I’ve had a couple inconveniences lately – flat tire, someone broke into our van, doctor’s visits – so I’m grabbing my mantra by the horns and reminding myself that God is still on the throne. “An adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.” – G.K. Chesterton My current light at […]

Review: Failstate by John Otte

Review: Failstate by John Otte

I’m writing today’s blog post sitting in a third floor suite overlooking a beautiful, pine tree covered mountain. It’s ok to be a little jealous. I’m sure I will be after a few weeks of being back in the Missouri flatland. But for today, I have a beautiful view. My wife and I took turns […]

The Great Tournament of Speculative Greatness – The Champion

The Great Tournament of Speculative Greatness – The Champion

Vin had never seen a storm like this. She was used to a dim sun hanging in a soot-filled sky. This storm was on a completely different scale. She clung to a metal flagpole high on the city wall, all she could see for miles was the massive storm. It would hit the city soon. […]