Observations on the current state of publishing

Let’s talk about AI There are some among my creative colleagues who view AI as simply a tool, nothing about which to be concerned. I cannot begin to express my disbelief, little say outrage, regarding this blind, uninformed view. AI is a huge genie released into the world, now rampaging through not only the creative sphere, but the business and academic world, and to think for a moment it isn’t going to affect every aspect…

December at The Old Stone House

Sold a story Very pleased to announce I have a short story coming out in the next issue of Polar Borealis, Issue 20, which Graeme Cameron is hoping to have out this month. The story, The Intersection, is a reprint. It first appeared in Strangers Among Us: Underdogs and Outcasts,¬†published by Laksa Media, and edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law. It subsequently was included in my recent collection of short stories,¬†Dreams of the…

Writers’ Craft 5: Point of View

Who is telling your story and why Point of view is simply that: who is telling your story? While that definition may be simple, sometimes choosing who is telling your story can present a conundrum to the author. Is the story better suited to first person or third person? Or is your story compelling enough it requires second person? Perhaps a review of what those points of view actually mean, and why you might chose…

Writers’ Craft 4: Character Development

An essential skill One of the most powerful and essential skills in your writing arsenal is the ability to develop and write believable characters who step off the page into the minds of your readers. But it would seem it’s also one of the hardest skills to effectively master. Do it well, and you haunt the thoughts of your readers. Do it wrong, and your reader closes the novel, likely never to return either to…

Price reductions on trade paperbacks

With all the general housekeeping since I switched gears with the publishing house, I realized I needed to update prices on my trade paperbacks. Usually that sort of thing means a price increase. But I’m really thrilled to let you know there’s been a considerable price reduction! In some cases as much as $10.00 per copy. Isn’t that just a bit of good news? I’ve also added a nifty feature across all trade paperbacks, called…