So, What’s Next?

While I realize this title could refer to a number of things, including the current political situation, or the threat Islam poses to the civilized world, today I’m choosing not to talk about last night’s terror attack in Manchester, England (because there’s nothing to say that I and other intelligent people haven’t already said. No,Continue reading “So, What’s Next?”

How to Write Non-Human Characters

I had the pleasure of being a guest on Brian Niemeier’s Geek Gab: On the Books podcast today, where we talked about writing non-human characters. As he states in his post, it’s an important yet under-discussed topic in the science fiction (and fantasy) world. Check out Brian’s post, which includes links to my highly viewed articleContinue reading “How to Write Non-Human Characters”

It’s #SpaceOperaWeek, but Where are the Aliens?

So, Tor.com decided that this week is Space Opera Week (#SpaceOperaWeek on Twitter), though thus far it seems that I and a few other fellow members of the #PulpRevolution have been dominating the hashtag, though that may be unsurprising, as Tor is using contributors who aren’t fans of the genre. Jon Del Arroz, author ofContinue reading “It’s #SpaceOperaWeek, but Where are the Aliens?”

Book Review: Nethereal by Brian Niemeier

Before we begin, I should disclose that I have had numerous positive interactions with Brian Niemeier, ranging from Twitter conversations, to getting very helpful advice relating to self-publishing, and I was a guest on the Geek Gab podcast, on which he is a co-host. Disclosure out of the way, on to the book, which IContinue reading “Book Review: Nethereal by Brian Niemeier”

A Greater Duty Preview

A Preview of A Greater Duty Yakov Merkin PROLOGUE What am I doing here? Nayasar Khariah resisted the urge to lean her lithe, leonine form back in her chair and rest her feet on the console in front of her, instead settling for tapping the desk in front of her with the clawed tips of herContinue reading “A Greater Duty Preview”

Introducing A Greater Duty, Part 2: What This Story Is, Plus a Discussion of Genre and Realism

Last we ended things with the little introduction to A Greater Duty, and before I get into talking about the book itself, I’ll include the back cover blurb/synopsis (which is subject to minor change) once more. (And as a note, the image accompanying this article is the color sketch of A Greater Duty‘s cover, not the final.)Continue reading “Introducing A Greater Duty, Part 2: What This Story Is, Plus a Discussion of Genre and Realism”

Thoughts on Rogue One, and My Growing Problem with the Star Wars Franchise

Let me start off by making it clear that I love Star Wars. Ever since I saw the originals (on VHS–lucky me!) I’ve been in love with the universe. Years back, I read many of the Expanded Universe books (though I did take issue with some of them, but more on that later), and played aContinue reading “Thoughts on Rogue One, and My Growing Problem with the Star Wars Franchise”

Personal Musings: 2016 Wrap-Up (And What to Look Forward to in 2017)

So, I was seeing lots of people writing 2016 wrap-up posts, so I figured I should do the same, even if it is a bit late. (And, also, this allows me to get something new up here while I keep working on a pair of longer posts that are taking longer than expected.) So, 2016,Continue reading “Personal Musings: 2016 Wrap-Up (And What to Look Forward to in 2017)”

Personal Musings: New Paths

So, once again, I have been unable to regularly get posts up here, this time in large part to a pair of major changes in my life and career trajectory, which I touched upon a couple months back in one of my last posts on here. First, as mentioned there, I moved country, from theContinue reading “Personal Musings: New Paths”

Movie Review: Mythica: The Necromancer

Yes, I am (finally) back! It’s been far, far too long since I’ve posted anything up here, but I at least have some good reasons, namely completing my 45,000 word Master’s Thesis, as well as working to get things in order for an intercontinental move coming up in August–more on that at a later date.Continue reading “Movie Review: Mythica: The Necromancer”