The New Podcast: 3 Cylinder Stardrive

I haven’t posted in a while. Like…a while. The fact is that life has been keeping me quite busy lately, and I haven’t had the time to do much other than be a full time teacher and a full time dad to four teenage kids.  I am still writing (off and on) and plan onContinue reading “The New Podcast: 3 Cylinder Stardrive”

Creative Genius Is On Loan

Today’s TED talk is one from 2009, from best-selling novelist Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love.  She talks about the elusive ghost that is creativity, and has some rather unorthodox ideas about it, ideas that I share to some extent. She states that creativity and suffering seem somehow linked, noting the many artists over theContinue reading “Creative Genius Is On Loan”

Why Being a Novelist and Being a Teacher Sometimes Doesn’t Mix

I’ve been an English teacher for over 16 years and I’ve technically been a novelist for about 5 of those years.  I’ve been running this blog now for over two and half years, and I can tell you that doing all of this is really taxing. Right now I am in beautiful Louisville, Kentucky atContinue reading “Why Being a Novelist and Being a Teacher Sometimes Doesn’t Mix”

New Podcast Up: Your Reader’s “So What” Moment

On this podcast Ryan and I debate whether or not a writer needs to be mindful of their audience.  What is it that makes readers read?  How do you find new readership and keep them interested in what you have to write?  We also discuss the upcoming science fiction/fantasy convention line-up and which conventions weContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Your Reader’s “So What” Moment”

Speed Writing: E-Publishing Demands Prolific Writers

As some of you may have heard by now, Carlos Fuentes (pictured above), Latin American literary giant, passed away yesterday of an apparent heart attack.  If there is one legacy that Fuentes leaves behind is his prolific writing career.  The man was a machine.  He would finish a novel and then start on another writingContinue reading “Speed Writing: E-Publishing Demands Prolific Writers”