Life, Reviews, Writing

Everybody Lies

It was during the research for Firmament: Machiavellian that I first realized that there was a difference between a godly character and a biblical character. The research in question was reading The Prince by Machiavelli himself. While reading, I had the epiphany that the reason Machiavelli’s ideas were so powerful was his extraordinarily accurate understanding of human nature. Yes, the…

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October

A couple years ago, I started a project called October for National Novel Writing Month. It was a novel, and a very personal one. Really more of a personal exploration than a story to actually publish. I still don’t know whether I’ll ever finish it or do anything with it, but I decided to share a snippet in honor of…

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Blog Tour, Writing

Guest Post–The Reason for the Typo

The following is a guest thought by Jason McIntire, who wanted to make a quick stop here as he promotes his new novel, Flight School. He believes in trying to say a lot in a short space – which is probably one reason it took him a year and six months, working more or less consistently, to write a novel…

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Life, Writing

In Defense of Chuck Bartowski

Last weekend, I went out to dinner with some friends after an hour of kayaking. It just so happened that all the other girls had decided to head home, so dinner turned out to be me and five young single guys from my church. The most fun part of this was sitting in on “guy talk,” during which I might…

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A Group Effort

With my first three books, I felt a bit sad at the thought that my special thanks section might not come to the attention of some of the people mentioned in it. So with Firmament: Machiavellian I had the brilliant (If I do say so myself) idea to post the special thanks on my blog, so that even those who…

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In Case You’re Interested

As I wrap up the publication of Implant, I am finding that this whole process never gets easier. This is my fourth time around, and people still miss deadlines, and there are still technical difficulties all the way along the line, and I still miss hundreds of typos on my first few editing passes. The problem is, no two times…

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If I Have to Read This Book One More Time…

…I don’t even know what I’ll do. Go crazy. Delete the entire thing. Maybe even swear off writing for ever. As I rush through the very final stages of editing Implant I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve gone over this book. I enjoy a good re-read as much as the next bibliophile, but the same work five…

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Implant Cover Reveal

I’m not doing a very good job of blogging, am I? I could offer several excuses, but I won’t–I’ll just say I have every intention improving. In the meantime, I have something very exciting to share with you–the Implant cover! My sister from over at The Brightness Project came to me once I started talking about publishing and begged me…

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Avengers–Still Think You’re the Only Monster?

I recently saw Avengers: Age of Ultron in our local theater. Armed with a root beer and a box of Junior Mints, I went in looking for a fun couple of hours and came out with a head full of thoughts and ideas and ponderings. Life of a writer. Driving home, the thoughts percolated into three distinct topics (or rants,…

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