A conversation I had today with a friend about a significant failure in a business venture:
She: I tried and I so blew it.
Me: But at least you went for it. You tried.
She: Yeah, but it was Way above my level. Stupid to spend so much time on it.
Me: Well, you should try novel writing sometime. Spend months in the writing and they don’t want it. Read More…
My latest fantasy novel, now at $3.99 in ebook.
Queen of the Deep
Aspiring actress Jane Gray opens a forbidden door:
This is the world of the Palazzo, a magical ship which is both a colossal steam vessel and a Renaissance kingdom. Ruling over its denizens–both human and otherwise–is an exotic and dangerous queen. Jane must find her way home, but the path is hopelessly lost. Read More…
Here are some questions for you to answer. If you cannot absolutely answer them, you may want to dip into one of my short stories, now available for $.99. (Click on the artwork to find it on Amazon.)
NOTE: If you sign up for my newsletter, I’ll send you a short story free! (See the sidebar.)
If you had to choose a new face from a book, how would you decide?
Who is the Loch Ness monster Really? Read More…
So pleased to present the re-issue of RIFT with a lovely Matt Forsyth cover!
When terraforming comes unraveled.
Colonists have terraformed the planet Lithia, but now the green biosphere is unraveling. In its place is the old Lithia, toxic to some, preferable to others, including the alien orthong.
Reeve Calder is determined to make a home on the planet, but he is a newcomer, soon to encounter the powerful forces already embedded in the transforming ecology.
The weekend of May 16th I’m helping out with my favorite local writing conference. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you really should read the end of this blog where I tell you about Write on the River. But if not:
You still really need a writing conference.
I once asked an acquaintance why her husband, an avid and sporadically published author wasn’t attending our local conference. She said, in effect, “Oh, David doesn’t think writing can be taught.”
It was such an oddball, uninformed comment, I didn’t know what to say.
I’m not going to argue about talent being nature or nurture. If you have a leaden ear for language you will not go far in this business. But to say that therefore nothing can be taught is silly. Read More…