A Vision Realized

2020 is many things, both good and bad, but for me, in one sense, at least, it represents a milestone. This is the year where a vision over 15 years in the making finally becomes complete. We’re a matter of a couple weeks away from the release of the 7th and final book in the GalaxyContinue reading “A Vision Realized”

A Final Thought on “Representation” in Fiction

Now, I’ve talked a bit about this nonsense before, so I’m not going to spend too much time talking about why the whole campaign for “representation” in fiction is stupid. In brief, anyone who feels some sort of personal need for characters who look like them is pathetic. All that should matter in fiction is ifContinue reading “A Final Thought on “Representation” in Fiction”

Character Development is Overrated

What is this heresy, you might be asking? Everyone always says character development is so important in stories! Well, it’s not quite so simple as that. I’ve thought a bit about this for a while now, but after seeing 1917 this week and watching a few reviews of it, I decided to actually write this. See,Continue reading “Character Development is Overrated”

2020 Beckons!

Happy New Year, everyone! Hope you enjoyed any celebrations you attended, and I hope the new year–and decade–has gotten off to a great start! So last week, I released my sum-up of my 2019, focusing on writing related stuff but touching on other personal developments as well. Now, about a week into the new year–andContinue reading “2020 Beckons!”

Galaxy Ascendant 4 Is Here!

It’s that time again! I’m proud to announce the official release of book 4 in the Galaxy Ascendant series, A Fiery Reckoning Part 1: Ascendancy’s Rise. Without getting into spoilers, the book picks up soon after the momentous events at the end of book 3, A Shifting Alliance, as the war took a drastic turn,Continue reading “Galaxy Ascendant 4 Is Here!”

Some of the Failings of the Star Wars EU (Pre-Disney), and How to Avoid Making the Same Mistakes

I’m going to preface this by saying that, despite the flaws I’m about to expound upon, the old Star Wars EU is vastly better than what we have as Disney canon now. Just wanted to make that clear. That said, the old EU was very much a mixed bag, and made a fair number ofContinue reading “Some of the Failings of the Star Wars EU (Pre-Disney), and How to Avoid Making the Same Mistakes”

Reclaiming “Strong Female Characters” in Science Fiction

There has been a lot of talk, and a lot of criticism about, a recently release Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures animated short. This particular episode is basically a fawning tribute to Princess Leia, with a focus on the scenes in the Death Star in A New Hope. I’m not going to detail every singleContinue reading “Reclaiming “Strong Female Characters” in Science Fiction”

My Outlining Process/Writing Method: That of a Shaper

So much has been written and said about novel outlined over the years that I had, until recently, never considered it worthwhile to do so myself, beyond occasionally mentioning that I did outline my books–with fairly lengthy outlines. To start off, I’m sure most of you have heard of the gardener vs architect (or pantserContinue reading “My Outlining Process/Writing Method: That of a Shaper”