Clarity Over Cleverness, the Key to Fun Stories

I’d like to share an excellent post by Brian Niemeier, which itself is sharing and replying to another great article by Daddy Warpig over on the Castalia House blog. The gist of the longer article is encapsulated in Brian’s post. Clarity over cleverness. As Brian points out, the science fiction genre has fallen from beingContinue reading “Clarity Over Cleverness, the Key to Fun Stories”

The God Complex: Writing Genre Fiction as a Religious Jew

I make no secret of the fact that I am a religious Jew, and have been for my entire life. It’s also not something I talk about a lot on here or online, as it’s usually not relevant to writing, my main focus, and seeing as religious Jews are a tiny, tiny minority, bringing itContinue reading “The God Complex: Writing Genre Fiction as a Religious Jew”

Writing Talk: Interplanetary Civilizations (Case Study: the Galactic Alliance) Part 1

Recently, a set of blog posts over at Planetary Defense Command was brought to my attention, and before I knew it I’d read all four parts. The posts in questions, the first of which is linked here (and each part has a link to the next in the series) discusses a very interesting sci-fi relatedContinue reading “Writing Talk: Interplanetary Civilizations (Case Study: the Galactic Alliance) Part 1”

Book Review: The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan (spoilers)

Well it’s about time I got to reviewing this book. I’ve actually read it twice now; the first was more than half a year ago, but I never got around to writing a review. As the time passed, and I picked up my copy of the third book in the Powder Mage Trilogy, The AutumnContinue reading “Book Review: The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan (spoilers)”

JordanCon 2015 Recap (Part 3)

On to day three, the last day of JordanCon. ­čśŽ I let myself sleep a little bit late again, because I really needed it, and between that and packing (checkout was at noon), I didn’t make it down until around 11:30. Seeing as that was in the middle of a panel block, and there wasn’tContinue reading “JordanCon 2015 Recap (Part 3)”

JordanCon 2015 Recap (Part 2)

On to day 2! (Otherwise known as the longest day of the con.) I managed to get about 5 hours sleep, and after eating made it down sometime around 11. I actually can’t recall if I made it to the first writing panel of the day, but I definitely made it to the second, whichContinue reading “JordanCon 2015 Recap (Part 2)”

JordanCon 2015 Recap (Part 1)

Two weekends ago I attended JordanCon 7, also known as Con of the Red Hand. This was my fifth consecutive time attending, and over time it’s become only more enjoyable, as evidenced by the fact that I got the least sleep at the con this year compared to the last 4 years, and the dayContinue reading “JordanCon 2015 Recap (Part 1)”

JordanCon 2014 Recap (Part 3)

Day 3…the last day of the con. I successfully dragged myself out of my room in time for the Team Jordan signing at 10am. I noticed that there ended up being a very short line; probably a product of being first thing in the morning after an evening where people had been drinking. So forContinue reading “JordanCon 2014 Recap (Part 3)”

JordanCon 2014 Recap (Part 2)

On to day 2. (Also here I’d like to thank the creators of the JordanCon app, which makes looking back at the panel details much easier, in addition to being useful during the convention.) Surprisingly, I got downstairs relatively on time on the Saturday of the convention this year; not having to wait long toContinue reading “JordanCon 2014 Recap (Part 2)”

JordanCon 2014 Recap (Part 1)

This past weekend (at least as of when I started writing this post) I attended JordanCon 6 (also known as Asha’Con). This was my fourth time attending, and it really has become a yearly highlight. I wouldn’t have subtitled last year’s recap “Why you should come┬ánext year” if I didn’t feel that it was worthwhile–thoughContinue reading “JordanCon 2014 Recap (Part 1)”