Writing

Coming Soon…

Just a few days before Firmament: Reversal Zone is available! I’m getting positively giddy at the thought of sharing it with you. I got to thinking, though, what if somebody is interested, but hasn’t read the rest of the series? So to help out with that, I’m making the Firmament: Radialloy ebook a free download for the week! Starting tomorrow…

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Life, Writing

Sometimes I’m Not Creative

Well, I haven’t posted in almost a month, contrary to my most sincere desires. My schedule these days looks a bit like this: Get up around 6:30 to head to the gym. Work out for about 45 minutes. Get to work by 8:00 and spend the day answering phones, entering things into the computer, and finding little snippets of time…

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Reading, Writing

Guest Post–A Firmament Fan’s Look at August Howitz

Well, I didn’t say anything in the last post about analyzing everyone’s favorite Austrian space pilot, but considering it’s the month of August it seemed only appropriate! Grace brought it up to me that how could we miss an opportunity to write continue the series with a breakdown of the beautiful character that is August. And since I would write…

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Writing

The Month of August

Yes, I know the month of August is almost over. I meant to do this post earlier in the month, but I’ve been not only working full time and dating and trying to keep up with friends, but I’ve been working on getting the fourth Firmament book published, I’m working on two other writing projects, I have a new audiobook…

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Reading, Writing

Guest Post–A Firmament Fan’s Look at Eagle Crash

Greetings once again! It’s Firmament‘s biggest fan here to share with you all the reasons you don’t love Eagle Crash enough. Yet. I’ve already explained why you have to love Andi and her father Doctor Lloyd but Eagle Crash has a charm all his own. Character Type Crash is introduced as a lovable, brash, cocky, charming character who smiles his…

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Writing

You Know You’re a Real Author When…

…someone writes fanfiction of your series. Okay, so it was my sister who wrote the fanfiction, but hey! Still! I have my very own fanfic! She showed this to me back when she wrote it, and recently posted it on her website. I really enjoyed giving it another read-through. I’m a big, well, fan of fanfiction, so to have some…

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Reading, Writing

A Firmament Fan’s Look at Andi Lloyd

Today I am proud to feature a special guest post by my talented sister Hope Pennington, whose book FairyTale will be released soon! I enjoyed reading her assessment of the main character of the Firmament series, and I hope you will, too. I’ve invited her to write a few more of these character studies over the next weeks, so stay…

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Life, Writing

How Else are You Supposed to Hold Up Your Books?

One of my favorite movies ever is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty–the new one, with Ben Stiller. (I have the ticket stub in my wallet still to remind me to get out there and stop dreaming and start living, but that’s neither here nor there.) Aside from being incredibly inspiring, it’s just brilliantly executed. The storytelling is excellent. But…

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Writing

Yes, But Why?

Show, don’t tell. It’s been hammered into our brains through every English class, creative writing course, and book for aspiring novelists. Always they tell us “show, don’t tell” until we can’t unhear or forget the words. Until they become mere sounds and we discount them due to familiarity. Like when someone says “eat healthy” or “Jesus loves you.” Sometimes we…

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Life, Writing

Remind Me Later

I type happily away on my computer, writing my current novel, engrossed in a scene of drama, betrayal, fear, doubt, and growing tension — all ready to swallow my character up in a maw of darkness, or give way in a moment of light. The climax approaches — the stakes are beyond the stratosphere — he’s giving in — he’s…

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