Free Fiction Workshop Series

I’m pleased to announce I have the honor of creating a series of video fiction workshops for The Community Writing Center, which you can view free of charge. The link to register is here (select “Fiction Workshop Series”) and the viewing link will be emailed to you. There are three workshops, each about 90 minutes long, and the first one is on Characterization. If you can’t view the live stream at the stated days and times, you will be able to view the archived version on your own time.

Have fun writing!

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Book Release: Klingon Core Rulebook for Star Trek Adventures, and Day of Honor Event

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It’s official! The new Klingon Core Rulebook for Star Trek Adventures is dropping from Modiphius, and I could not be more proud to have contributed to this beautiful book. You’ll find several sidebars penned by me scattered through the volume about various key moments in Klingon history, and it was an absolute joy to research Klingon culture, politics, battles, art, and more for my contributions. I will always love writing Star Trek, and this project was no exception.

If you’re not familiar with the officially licensed Star Trek Adventures table top role playing game from Modiphius, I highly recommend checking it out. Even if you’ve never participated in role playing games, if you are interested in Trek, you will love this game. I’m having a blast playing, as well as writing.

This Saturday, July 11, join us for a Day of Honor celebrating the book’s release. I will be participating on a panel at 3:15 EST. Find the full schedule here. 

GLORY TO YOUR HOUSE!

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Flash Fiction contest win and reading

I am honored to announce my flash fiction story “Fish Bones” has been named a winner of the “Get to Work” flash fiction contest sponsored by the SVSU Writing Center. It will be published in an upcoming edition of the community journal Still Life. 

I was also invited to read my piece at “The Work Project,” an evening of creative art centered on the theme of work. The event took place at a REALLY cool local arts collective called Counter Culture, and on top of the joy of reading my work, I got to judge a fun open poetry slam.

My community rocks. 🙂

Words that Move

Books are the best surprises. And the most interesting mysteries.

This book recently showed up at my local library, held in my name. I didn’t request it (at least, not that I recall–I request a lot of books).

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Since I know all the library staff very well, and they all know me and my writerly inclinations, I’m fairly certain one of them saw the book and set it aside for me, knowing I would appreciate it. (I haven’t asked who yet–that’s part of the fun).

This book is a collection of short “stories” by Colum McCann, MFA professor at Hunter College in New York. Each entry, only a couple of pages, is comprised of cuttingly real and relevant writing advice for emerging creatives. I can’t put it down.

One day you might find yourself hating writing precisely because you want to make it so good. Yet this awful truth is just another form of joy. Get used to it. The sun also sets in order to rise. — from Letters to a Young Writer

I am not even a quarter of the way into this book and I already can’t live without it. Pick up a copy for yourself. And support your local library. They are the keepers of words that move.

Story Game – “Without Borders”

beautiful-earth-107499_beautiful-earthHere’s a story game called “Without Borders” I wrote and coded a couple years ago about a doctor who becomes an astronaut rather unwillingly. “Story game” means that it is a choose-your-own-adventure style story where you play as a character and have choices and different possible endings.

There’s a link at the end of the game to give me feedback on what you thought, as well as links to get you started creating games of your own if you are so inclined.

Enjoy!

Disclaimer: Mild language in a couple spots. No endorsements given or received. All photos my own or public domain.

Photo above from NASA, public domain.

My experience with Flash Fiction Challenge and why you should write outside your genre TODAY

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Comedy. Of all the genres they could assign me, it had to be comedy.

Earlier this week, I found out I broke into the 3rd Round of the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge, meaning I got to advance to the next stage of the competition (a semi-final round, essentially) with the chance to qualify for finals in December. In my year plus of participating in NYC writing competitions, this is the furthest I’ve advanced.

But luck of the draw means a new set of random prompts for each round. And luck decided to stretch my abilities by throwing a genre at me that I’m less than confident in. Continue reading