The Backstory

This is where you can access maps, blogs, and all things writing that have to do with the world of The Staff and the Sword (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqmIFM3T080) and The Darkwater Saga. Here you will find answers to questions and questions to go with answers you didn’t know you had. Please feel free to email me with questions of your own and don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter where I feature writing advice, stories, and guest posts from other writers. Enjoy!

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A Swinging Pendulum Never Stops Halfway

Writing: Perseverance Actually, I could have entitled this post “The Necessity of Writing in Community.” But that seemed a little long-winded, even for me. Both titles point to the same idea; every writer struggles with how they view their own writing. I’ve met a few – a very few – writers who thought their writing was better than it was. This particular malady is usually the province of the novice writer whose critique group consists of close family and friends.  Most aspiring authors grow out of this the moment they

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Protagonists: Where to begin?

WRITING Protagonists: This week’s writing tip comes from a recent conversation I had with a couple of writing friends. We started talking about the traits of our protagonists, when a realization hit me: I’d seen protagonists described in all sorts of ways, but never had I seen anyone (at least that I recall) point out the most important trait of a protagonist, especially in fantasy or science fiction. Before I divulge this tidbit, let’s run down the list of important traits in a protagonist. One: They have to be sympathetic

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The sound of good writing & Fixing education (part 1)

WRITING: Let’s start this week with a confession: I made a mistake when I wrote my first series, The Staff and the Sword, and if I had to do it all over again, I would fix it even if it meant turning in the manuscript a little late. What did I do? I messed up the editing process. Not in a huge way, and honestly, most people probably wouldn’t notice the difference, but even now, years after it still bugs me. I didn’t read the story out loud. First, you

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The Quantization of Murphy’s Law – Everything goes wrong all at once.

Finding something – anything! – that works Admittedly this week’s blog is a bit of a mashup because I’m struggling in so many areas right now – writing, teaching, getting in shape, learning jazz piano. Yeah, it’s safe to say that everything is kind of tough. So, before I launch into what I’m doing to fix this disaster in each area of my life, I’ll provide a bit of context. One: I’m a writer. Sorry, but I still can’t say the word “author” without cringing inside. It always comes out

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Help Me!

I’m going to come clean – I’m one of those persons who makes a lot of plans for the New Year and like most of those who fall into that category, I probably miss on the great majority. Yet, every year, I find myself sitting down to take stock and trying to figure out where I want to be and what I want to do, as if being a teacher and a writer and a husband and a dad and etcetera, etcetera, etcetera wasn’t enough. There’s is something about a

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