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The Silver Shores

The Silver Shores

I am preparing to release the second volume in The Amulet Saga. Previously titled “The Traveler,” Book Two, “The Defector,” will be available for sale sometime in the next few weeks, I hope. In the grand tradition I started when I released “The Heir,” then continued with “The Defector,” I am now beginning work on […]

Politics in Art

Politics in Art

One of the top events up for discussion this week is the speech a certain actress gave at a certain awards ceremony in which she shared her opinions of a certain political figure. Some applaud her words, some disagree with them. Some say that was neither the time nor the place for such a rant, […]

Creating Memorable Characters Part Eight: Character

Creating Memorable Characters Part Eight: Character

This is the final segment in my Creating Memorable Characters series. The topics we’ve covered so far are: Relatability, Uniqueness, Physical Traits, Tics and Mannerisms, Dialogue, and Backstory, and Choices. Today, we wrap it up with Part Eight: Character Ultimately, the thing that makes a character memorable is his or her character. His character is […]

Creating Memorable Characters Part Seven: Choices

Creating Memorable Characters Part Seven: Choices

I’m continuing my series on Creating Memorable Characters. So far, we’ve covered Relatability, Uniqueness, Physical Traits, Tics and Mannerisms, Dialogue, and Backstory. This segment is where it all comes together. Part Seven: Choices All of the elements of creating a character, from physical attributes to social interactions to backstory, contribute to the choices your character […]

Brainstorming Plot Holes

Brainstorming Plot Holes

One of my favorite things to do is to help other people brainstorm through plot holes. I love looking at the big picture, seeing where it needs to go, and figuring out how to get it there. This is a little weird, since I’m totally a pantser, so at least in my own writing I […]

Creating Memorable Characters Part Six: Backstory

Creating Memorable Characters Part Six: Backstory

Continuing my series on Creating Memorable Characters. So far, we’ve covered Relatability, Uniqueness, Physical Traits, Tics and Mannerisms, and Dialogue. These aspects of character development are all very superficial. They are the things that make a character stand out and come alive on the page. They are the things that make the character seem like […]

The Dragons of Legerdemain

The Dragons of Legerdemain

We interrupt this Thanksgiving Day to bring you a spot of shameless self-promotion. A new project I’ve been working on lately is creating dragon head hunting trophy sculptures. I’ve had a really good time figuring out the process and expressing my creativity in a new way. And, as with all my art, I’m excited to […]