Category Archives: For Readers

If you’ve read any of my books or stories and are curious about what might be coming next, this is where I post regular updates, reports, and fragments from the projects currently on my desk. Plus, there may be some occasional tidbits tossed in about old stuff—deleted scenes, sketches, diagrams, etc. And if there’s something you’d really like to see, just drop a comment and ask.

The dramatic power of brinksmanship.

Favorite new sentence today: There is no time quite so exciting as just in time.

The end of a bad day

Favorite new sentence today: Ten beats later, he was face down on his pallet, fast asleep and dreaming of failure.

The terror of public speaking

Favorite new passage today: He could feel his face begin to flush, as his mind clenched tight and cut off his supply of words.

The Payoff of Finding the “Just So” Word

In the normal course of world-building, we writers often come up with cool cultures and institutions and then cast about, looking for the perfect word or name to describe them….

A sailor’s view on courage

Favorite New Passage today: Even the strongest sail flutters in a gale. What matters is whether it holds to the stays or not. And Merrik was holding to his stays.