A Long Time Coming Indeed (The Documentary of a Legend)

(First posted on Medium.) Gord Downey, the singer-frontman of the band The Tragically Hip, lost his battle with brain cancer last week. He was 53. Last night, CTV here in Canada aired the documentary about his farewell tour across Canada, ending in his hometown Kingston, Ontario. Many Americans don’t know the band because they are more…Continue Reading “A Long Time Coming Indeed (The Documentary of a Legend)”

My changed view on NaNoWriMo

I’ve done NaNo since 2003 and tried Camp NaNoWriMo this past July. The first four times I ‘won’ the 50 K challenge, but didn’t achieve it ever since, and didn’t achieve the goal for Camp either. I didn’t even get halfway there. My Changed View What I’ve come to realize is that I’m now putting too…Continue Reading “My changed view on NaNoWriMo”

Pat Flewelling, on alternative plotting

It’s quid pro quo time.. over a year ago I posted on Pat’s blog (here‘s a link to the blog), now she’s returning the favor. With me writing for Camp NaNoWriMo right now, this is an appropriate post. I’m not as prolific, but few people are! At last count, I’ve written 59 novel-length manuscripts since…Continue Reading “Pat Flewelling, on alternative plotting”

Wil Wheaton and Not Writing for Free

I won’t commit idea theft myself, so Wil Wheaton‘s original post is here. Here’s an opinion on Slate. I agree with both views. I offer what I write free on this blog; what I’m writing for Exploits of a Midnight Traveler is also free — but no one is being paid for it. In the case…Continue Reading “Wil Wheaton and Not Writing for Free”

I haven’t updated this blog in a month. The reason for that is the limits that the WordPress hosting system puts on me. For a free blog they’re okay but not for my personal brand. Update soon.  

Space Opera — What is It?

This is a genre that’s existed for decades, but it’s often misunderstood. It was considered as Science Fiction in the 1950s, the Golden Age of Science Fiction, but it’s really a form of Science Fantasy. There are many worlds of aliens, in fact hundreds, which gave it the veneer of science fiction. How it no…Continue Reading “Space Opera — What is It?”

Cats and Writers

Today I’ll examine something less weighty; appropriate as it should not be a day for deep thoughts. It is Sunday, after all! What I’d like to discuss is how many writers (including me) have cats. My publishing imprint (Bosulliman Press) is based on a cat theme too. The origin of the name I’ll cover in…Continue Reading “Cats and Writers”

In Praise of Mark Twain

This is later than I planned initially, so I’ll end up posting a few days in a row to compensate. I planned this post for Monday: I’m a great admirer of Mark Twain (born Samuel Clemens. Biographies here and here). He was a prolific author, a witty humorist and a man of many great quotes….Continue Reading “In Praise of Mark Twain”

Long Live the Legion!

This is not like my typical posts on this blog, but I wished to share my views anyway. DC Comics have announced they will soon be cancelling the series due to poor sales. Paul Levitz – a writing legend on the series, and Keith Giffen – art legend on same – couldn’t save the title….Continue Reading “Long Live the Legion!”

Article on Gawker I write articles  for the newsletter at work. I don’t get paid any extra for it,  You could say that I’m writing for free. Is this bad? I don’t think so. This month I’ll be launching my first Kindle novels through Indiegogo (trust me, you’ll hear about it here among other sources),…Continue Reading “When People Write for Free, Who Pays?”