What would become of the world if the dead never left us, if we could reach across the divide and communicate with those we've lost?
My first novel is in the final editorial pass and ready to make it's way out into the world. It's been a rocky road with some missteps along the way but, thanks to a truly wonderful reader base, I've found the courage to leave my publisher and reclaim my vision. No hard feelings toward them. After all, the theme of Terminus is moving forward, not backwards.
More updates to come. Check out the project page for excerpts, reviews and other fun stuff.
And remember, y'all, weirdness is a strength, not a weakness.
Life update: Do I exist? Is this thing on?
It’s February and romance is in the air! For writers, though, the prospect of romance all too often leads to that most tricksy of tasks: penning the dreaded sex scene. Sure, there are writers who have made smutty stories into a craft all their own. They have my respect and my undying envy. Because for the rest of us, we’re all too often left squirming in our chairs, tasked with adding a titillating bit of spice to our tales of action, scifi, or fantasy.
Breakin’ on through the writer’s block. A new slice of fireside alternative history, from the working draft of Americana.
[SPOILERS] Where Season One of Westworld focused on the allegory of the maze and the inward journey toward consciousness, Season Two kept its eyes on the horizon, escalating toward a showdown at the mysterious Valley Beyond. Who made it? Who didn’t? And the biggest question of all… how long do we have to wait for Season Three?
“One last pass” on Terminus has morphed into some fairly extensive rewrites… as it always does. But improvements are being made.
[SPOILERS] As Season 2 of Westworld heads into the endgame, the penultimate episode adds some major twists to the stakes and character motivations. Normally, I’d follow the flow of the episode and wax philosophical about metaphor and story structure, but we’re in the endgame now. There’s a lot going on, so let’s cut straight to the revelations.
[SPOILERS] Until now, Westworld has focused on the development of consciousness under the watchful eye of the hosts’ creators. We’ve seen the interactions between Dolores and Arnold where he takes a personal hand in guiding her toward self-discovery. Even the current uprising is hinted to be part of Ford’s “final narrative,” implying that the actions (or at least their catalysts) are deliberate. Yet, this week’s episode explores the idea of host consciousness developing without such guidance and what the hosts might become if they were spared constant manipulation by their creators.
Westworld is gathering steam like a locomotive in the hands of an angry robot mob, barreling toward the climax of season two. “Les Ecorches” moves into the endgame, raising the stakes, establishing new rules, and finally paying off plotlines and character moments that have been building since the beginning. By now, we’ve learned to look for hints in the episodes titles and “Les Ecorches” — artistic representations of human musculature depicted without skin — implies not just exploration of the core differences between human and host, but of revelation, of peeling back the exterior to lay bare the truth beneath. Not too much truth, though. Just enough to keep us guessing right until the end.
Reflections on digitizing 30 years worth of family photos. The world isn’t what it used to be, but we had our moments.
[SPOILERS] This season of Westworld keeps getting better and better. “Phase Space” returned us to the mysteries of networked minds and control cores, explored thematic parallels on motivation and perceived weakness and, in the final moment, provided confirmation of one of the season’s most talked-about theories. It’s all spoilers from here. Let’s get weird.
A band of misfits journeys across a fractured America to prevent an apocalyptic end to the war of secession. Even in a country ravaged by disaster and fractured by extreme ideologies, human connection and the strength of diverse local communities endure.
Work in Progress: Prologue - Chapter Two
Short Pitch: A cynical superhero narrates his demise in the style of American Beauty.
The Short Pitch: Post-apocalyptic Game of Thrones
After a period of cataclysmic natural disasters, man-made contamination, and extreme weather events, the remnants of humanity are scattered. Some fled to the mountains, or sought refuge beneath the earth. Others won passage into orbit, or took to the seas to escape the blighted land. Generations have passed, leaving these disparate societies to develop their own cultures, motivations, and intrigue, but when a mysterious message is received in all corners of the globe, the surviving factions are forced into confrontation.
A teaser in the vein of The Walking Dead meets A Handmaid's Tale
When a rage virus attacks testosterone receptors, masculinity literally becomes toxic. A trans hero assists refugees living in an isolated school for girls.
One for the ladies. An asshole bro learns how we feel.
(NSFW. May cause testicular discomfort. Contains adult language.)
An exercise in political catharsis... The President of the United States comes across a wish-granting spirit. How else do you explain 45's consequence-free existence?
Because muttering into the void and taking dog pictures are an essential part of the writing process.