A Writer’s Review: Blade Runner 2049

As anyone who reads this blog would know, I’m a massive Philip K. Dick fan.  Recently there has been a huge flood of films and television programs adapting some of the greatest of Dick’s short stories and novels.  Of course, this is nothing new.  Hollywood has been mining his work for years. Blade Runner isContinue reading “A Writer’s Review: Blade Runner 2049”

Philip K. Dick and a Writer’s Subconscious

Currently I’m working on the third and final book in the Five Rims trilogy: “The Shibboleth Code”. It is an arduous task, and even though I love the characters and the setting and I feel like I’m really bringing the story to a close, I am so ready to get on with another book. I have ideasContinue reading “Philip K. Dick and a Writer’s Subconscious”

New Podcast Up: Hard Science and Tough Trek Talk

In this special episode our special guest is scientist Michael Dean who has been a consultant for many of my novels. The topic of this podcast is the lack of science fact in fiction and how writers sometimes fudge the science in their novels to tell a story. This is, however, sometimes necessary.  We discussContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Hard Science and Tough Trek Talk”

Why Is It So Difficult To Write Well?

I’m nearly halfway through the backstory material for my current WIP.  I’m writing a series of books tentatively titled The Five Rims Series and try as I might, I’m going to create a Tolkienesque place, a (most likely) vain attempt to give my setting a richness that will hopefully translate to a sweeping epic.  I’m justContinue reading “Why Is It So Difficult To Write Well?”

A Pattern Found In the Work of Philip K. Dick

I have, and always shall be, a fan of Phillip K. Dick.  I know that there were some questionable practices in his life, namely drug use, but his writing stands out as some of the most amazing and unique prose in the genre of science-fiction.  I don’t believe that he wrote his novels while inContinue reading “A Pattern Found In the Work of Philip K. Dick”

My Article Published in “The Short Story Writer” Magazine

A few months ago I was contacted by managing editor Andy Brinkley who publishes an iTunes magazine entitled “The Short Story Writer”.  He was putting together an issue about the work of Philip K. Dick, and wanted to know if he could publish a blog post I wrote several months ago about what we canContinue reading “My Article Published in “The Short Story Writer” Magazine”

Question for the Writer: Who Are You?

We will begin today’s post with a simple quote from the late great Kurt Cobain:   Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. I have been writing something whether it be short stories, poems or now mostly novels for the better part of my life.  I can remember asContinue reading “Question for the Writer: Who Are You?”

3 Techniques for Writers from a Philip K. Dick Novel

I just finished reading The Man in the High Castle by the late Philip K. Dick, and if you like to read science fiction (or write it, like me) this book is for you.  For those of you not familiar with the novel, it is an alternate reality story set in a world where the AxisContinue reading “3 Techniques for Writers from a Philip K. Dick Novel”

5 Great Books About Variant Histories

Lately I’ve been on this variant history kick, reading novels set in modern times but after something happened in the past that is different from actual history to change the way things operate in the present.  I thought I would list 5 of my favorite variant history novels for you today since today’s letter isContinue reading “5 Great Books About Variant Histories”