6 Videos That Reveal the Mysteries of Steampunk

– Posted in: Science Fiction
Find out more about Steampunk: 6 Videos That Reveal the Mysteries of Steampunk

When I think of Steampunk, I think of books and films, but Steampunk is so much more. It's a sub-culture that allows creativity in many areas. This is a collection of Steampunk shorts. The key to most of these is re-imagining and re-creating what might have been or what could have been. I like the [...]

Writing a Novel in a Month: Sounds Crazy

– Posted in: General Writing Guidelines

NaNoWriMo! You've heard the buzz. You might know people who have done it. Writing 50,000 words in a month might scare the words right out of you. Or you might be toying with the idea of doing it next year. If you are toying, read on. If you want to know more, read on. I [...]

There Be Human Dragons: “Firelight” by Sophie Jordan

– Posted in: YA Book Reviews
Looking for a good book about dragons and romance? Check out this review.

I have to say upfront: I am not a fan of romance novels. I am, however, a big fan of dragons. I didn't realize when I bought this book that it was primarily a romance. So, here's the deal: I'm not evaluating this according to my likes or dislikes. I'm evaluating Firelight by Sophie Jordan [...]

Looking for a Good Book on Plot & Structure?

– Posted in: Non-Fiction Book Reviews
Are you looking for a good book about plotting fiction?  I've got a good one for you.

Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish by James Scott Bell may be the best book for plotting and creating structure in fiction stories that I've read. I have a few instructional writing books I reread; this is one of them. Plot & Structure works [...]