Ensign’s Log, Entry 5: When rewriting becomes writing

The last month has been quite a busy time, hence the reason for no recent updates. I haven’t had a chance to do a lot of work on The Astrals until the past couple of weeks. I also didn’t have reliable internet–although that, thankfully, is now a not-so-fond memory of …

Magic Monday: Foundling by D. M. Cornish

Once a month I post a book review for a fantasy novel that I’ve read in the recent past. These reviews are posted on “Magic Monday”, the second Monday of every month. Today I’m reviewing Foundling by D. M. Cornish, a fantasy novel set in the Dickensian world of Half-Continent, …

Ensign’s Log, Entry 4: Weekend (Re)Writing

Yesterday I worked on The Astrals. Between breaks for food, bathroom runs, and anime marathoning, I spent 7+ hours editing, rewriting, and re-rewriting. Oh, and I had a Eureka! moment that solved several plot problems at once. Never let it be said that chocolate can’t fuel my inspiration. Thanks to …

Ensign’s Log, Entry 3: When motivation isn’t there

There are days when I wake up and am ready to start writing the minute my eyes open. I dive for my computer and am typing almost before the Word document finishes loading. Those are good days. Then there are days when I drag myself through the day without feeling …

Ensign’s Log, Entry 2: One chapter at a time

I’ve been working on my current work-in-progress, The Astrals, for years. Probably close to be a decade, to be honest, if you count all the different drafts back to the original–and believe me, that original draft and the current one don’t have much in common. Even some of the names have …

Magic Monday: Beggar Magic by HL Burke

Once a month I post a book review for a fantasy novel that I’ve read in the recent past. These reviews are posted on “Magic Monday”, the second Monday of every month. Imagine a world where magic is music! Today I’m reviewing Beggar Magic by HL Burke, a fantasy novella …

Ensign’s Log, Entry 1: Ranking My Author Goals

What tv shows do you enjoy? I’m a huge fan of Star Trek, and one of the things I like about the shows is the occasional inclusion of a “Captain’s Log” (or Commander’s, or Ensign’s, depending on who is making the log.) Sadly, I’m not an ranking officer of Starfleet. …