Scene Geography

Where things are is almost as important as the things that are being said. Oftentimes it is enough to address objects or terrain or the layout of a structure as these are met by the character who is moving through them; sometimes, it is even necessary. Detailing the scene in sum before the characters have […]

Update 03: I’m Still Here

I’ve just been away for a little while, don’t fret. Things are moving. The tires are rolling. Yeah, they might be bald and the brakes are shot. But, let me ask you something: who’s stopping? I set a lofty goal for myself this new year, to write 1 short story each week. We’re almost 12 […]

Topically Microscopic

It’s been a chronic problem of mine these past months to be unable to focus at work. I sit down, open up my calendar and this document or that spreadsheet, and… nothing. I watch the cursor blink or the cell sit empty, stare at all the pretty colors in the mapping software with maybe the […]

I Ain’t Worried

In 2015, at least from this listener’s perspective, alternative music was upended by the addition of Nathaniel Rateliff to its chorus of new and promising voices. Of course, Nathaniel himself is not new. He’s been around on the Denver music scene since around 2002. Leaving alone that it’s a shame most of us are only […]

A Nifty Trick

I picked up Hugh Howey’s Sand earlier this month and, apart from enjoying it immensely, noticed a convenient tactic he employs to expound upon the setting without really adding to the text. One of the more egregious faults of any poor work of fantasy or science fiction is to interrupt the narrative with a long-winded […]