Cover reveal: The Star of Whatever

The Star of Whatever, the second book in my series The Western Lands and All That Really Matters launches, in a week so I’ll be sharing a couple of extra emails leading up to that. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to bring you the next part of Princess...

Video: Why We Say “OK”

OK, OK, OK, this is a fun, interesting video from Vox on that most recognisable of words, OK, which dates from 1839. It’s not an abbreviation for a dockworker’s name (which is what I’d heard). It’s not from the Choctaw. But it does have an...

A Phone and a Molotov Cocktail

Those of you who’ve been with me a while know I love my tech (we’re all-in Apple), but the implications of tech also concern me. As such, allow me to point you to a fantastic bit of writing from Mat Honan at BuzzFeed: The Google Pixel 3 Is A Very Good...

Video: Shooting Shaina’s Sequence from Kidding

You know that kind of scene where they do a one-take time-lapse kind of thing to show a character’s passage through time (there’s the famous walk through the seasons scene in Notting Hill). Here’s a split-screen look at one of them being filmed from...

The Glory of a Media Fast

This week, I declared another media fast for myself. I mentioned last time that a media fast was part of what I did to get The Purple Haze written. Now I’m working on The Light Bearer (book three in the Western Lands and All That Really Matters series) and I...
“Please, please marry my son.”

“Please, please marry my son.”

Let me tell you a story. Stick with me. I used to teach creative writing classes called Freeing Your Creativity. I taught a lot of them, especially, in the early- to mid-2000s. I’d talk about what makes a story work, a bit about story structure, and we’d...