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Brandon Sanderson on Writing and Rejection

Brandon Sanderson, who is widely considered the current reigning champion of modern fantasy epics, may seem to be the last person to have suffered endless streams of rejection letters from agents and publishers. In fact, before he was published, Brandon Sanderson wrote 13 novels, all rejected by everyone he sent...

Battle-Train Siege Released

Battle-Train Siege, Book 1 of The Siege Chronicles, is available for purchase now on Amazon.com. A bounty hunter with a price on his head, Davrick Caliburn must evade the sorcerous reach of the Grand Imperium. Never mind the fact that his new employer is a vampiric blood-baroness—she’s promised him a...

Henry Cavill Assembles His Own Gaming PC

Apparently, famed actor Henry Cavill (aka Superman the Man of Steel, aka the Witcher Geralt of Rivia) is such a huge gaming geek that he assembles his own gaming PC! And what is he building? I can’t see what all the parts are, but he’s clearly building an AMD Ryzen...

Cover Art for “Battle-Train Siege”

Here’s the cover art for my upcoming book, Battle-Train Siege, Book 1 of the Siege Chronicles (sans the title and author name). The illustration was made by Alejandro Burdisio, a fantastic illustrator of dieselpunk and early 1920’s style sci-fi vehicles and machinery. Check out his portfolio on ArtStation–the colors, details, and style...

Lurn too Spel Rite

If you’re anything like me, you’re terrible at spelling, grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. Incidentally, those are four key elements of writing that all aspiring authors should master. In fact, as far as obstacles to writing go, this is perhaps the next biggest obstacle next to plotting and story development....

SpaceX Launches Astronauts

NASA and SpaceX have successfully launched the first crewed Falcon 9 with astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station! This is the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011 that astronauts have been launched from U.S. soil. Until now, NASA has relied...

X-Wing Tribute Video

Have a look at this absolutely stunning X-Wing tribute video, set to Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone.” The song turns out to be a perfect fit for x-wing pilots. The video has footage from Star Wars Episodes IV through IX, as well as Rogue One. I really wish Disney would make...

How Did Knights Live?

I’ve just stumbled upon a fantastic YouTube channel called Modern History, which is run by Jason Kingsley, the Modern Knight. Jason Kingsley is, quite truly, an actual knight, having been awarded knighthood as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). In addition, he trains as...

Writing: Getting Started

I’m going to start a series of short articles on writing tips for aspiring authors, mainly focused on spec-fic (i.e., fantasy and science fiction). As an aspiring fantasy author myself, I feel that my own experience in learning the craft, world-building, character-building, and plot-building may be helpful to other aspiring...

All 9 Star Wars Films, all at once

Before YouTube takes it down, you can watch all 9 Star Wars movies at the same time (in nine little boxes). I guess it does violate copyright, but the main point of this video is to demonstrate the timing of the pacing and plotting elements of Star Wars. Maybe that...