Steampunk list

Here are references to get you into the genre: Books http://steampunkworkshop.com/nine-novels-defined-steampunk/ Games – Video Only https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Steampunk_video_games All Games – Roleplaying Too http://steampunk.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Steampunk_Games This list includes Space: 1899. The original game is out of print, but I took part in a Kickstarter for the new version. Contact the project runners to find out if you can…Continue Reading “Steampunk list”

In order to give you a taste for me to get my novel done, here’s a taste: Tommy brought Alex into his office. No one would suspect something unusual about Rigger going to talk to his partner Shivver. “You’ll have to be my wingman now,” Tommy said. Alex frowned. “You’ve been gone for a while,…Continue Reading “An Excerpt”

Arcs, Not Arc of the Covenant

(I’m likely dating myself with a reference to the first Raiders of the Lost Ark…) I’m currently reading an advice book about writing a series (appropriate. I’m hoping that my Indiegogo project will be the start of one). The portion that I’m currently reading talks about the differences between story- and series arcs. A story…Continue Reading “Arcs, Not Arc of the Covenant”

My Realizations on Story and Plot

I thought these were interchangeable names for the same thing. I’m currently reading a book called ‘Steal This Plot’ however and realize I thought wrong: a story is a unique thing to each individual author… but the underlying plot is a different animal; in fact it may have been used before, even in ancient days….Continue Reading “My Realizations on Story and Plot”

Story vs. Dramatica

I read about Story this morning. It’s by Robert McKee, the author of Chinatown, long considered one of the best screenplays and movies of all time. So, I looked it up on Amazon.   What was also mentioned was Dramatica, also a book about writing stories, but one with a different approach to them. I…Continue Reading “Story vs. Dramatica”

John Locke’s Fraud

As I was starting to write for the Kindle I often heard author John Locke cited for selling a million books. He did, but what I’ve now learned puts the quality of his books in question: He paid people – people who never even read his books – to write fake reviews, reviews that spoke…Continue Reading “John Locke’s Fraud”

Interesting Chuck Wendig Books

; These are available in both paper and Kindle form.  

Some people are puzzled by this: I am a writer, yet I still get books aimed at new writers like ones about plot, or creating characters, or on dialogue, and so on. Some books just make sense; I’m self-publishing on the Kindle, so I’m reading many books about that. In a   few months I won’t…Continue Reading “On Writing Books”