The Martian – a book review

The Martian book review

Six days into the third manned mission to Mars, Ares 3, a massive, violent dust storm forces the crew to “scrub” the mission and head back to Earth. The only problem is astronaut Mark Watney is not aboard the return shuttle with them. He is presumed dead but is in fact very much alive, stranded on the surface of the Red Planet.

Announcing #30DaysOfProse September 2014

Welcome to the first #30DaysOfProse! This is a great event to fill your creativity tank, challenge yourself to write more and more diversely, and interact with a community of fellow writers! I’ll keep this page up-to-date with the latest of my posts (my post for Day 1 goes live today at noon CST) from this month’s […]

The Good Spy – a book review

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kai Bird’s latest biography takes us deep into the underground world of international espionage. This cloak and dagger tale of the Central Intelligence Agency’s actions overseas follows Robert Ames, at first a junior analyst and basketball fan who rises through the ranks and becomes one of America’s most important assets in the […]

Alex Haley on Writing

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“Many a young person tells me he wants to be a writer. I always encourage such people, but I also explain that there’s a big difference between “being a writer” and writing. In most cases these individuals are dreaming of wealth and fame, not the long hours alone at the typewriter. “You’ve got to want […]

Forget the noise: how bad do you want it?

In any creative endeavor, there seems to be a very definite point where all my optimism and enthusiasm hit a cold, brick wall. In the chaos that ensues (as writer’s block sets in, the third act of a story doesn’t seem to materialize, etc.) it is really, incredibly easy to chase a thousand different emotions […]

The New Bards: Micro Fiction Contest

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I gave my newest talk, The New Bards: Magic, Mystery, and the Art of Storytelling, to the Wisconsin State Telecom Association last week. Part of the session is a micro fiction content. Each attendee had 25 words to write a caption for the following image. Below the image is my own caption.   He met Jamie […]

Writer’s Digest “Enter Your Story” Submission

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Below is my submission for Writer’s Digest’s “Enter Your Story” competition. A picture was printed in the magazine and posted online, which you can see below. We were given 25 words to write the opening lines of the story we think the picture is from.