If Only

Or, Why Hulu is Keeping Me Up at Night I love Hulu, but their “mature audiences” advisory bothers me to no end. Specifically, the position of the word “only.” Every time the announcer reads these words, I mute the audio and look away. Don’t get me wrong; odds are I’ll commit a passel of crayon-worthy constructions before reaching the end Read More …

Page Fight

Immerse or Die is a tough-love book review project begun by Canadian author and editor Jefferson Smith. Page Fight, this reader-reaction companion app, is a collaboration between Jefferson and myself. He was the consulting editor for my first novel, and came up with the idea for the project. Together, we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about Read More …

Eyes On the Ground

When writers include real places in fiction, they now have more tools than ever for making sure they get the description right. Services like Google Maps & Street View, Bing, Flickr, and countless others make it easy to catch glimpses of your target location from many angles. Without ever having been there, theoretically, you should be able Read More …

Tools of the Trade

As a lifelong polygeek, I’ve found that toolset and workflow are key things to sort out before you can really get serious about doing productive work in any creative field. For Recording… You need software and devices for composing, generating sound, capturing sound, recording it, mixing it, converting it to digital and back to analog, filtering Read More …

On Endings

The Ending: Sweat this above all. So, you have crafted a terrific book with an engaging plot, memorable characters and settings, and prose that flows like honey. But after asking a reader to spend several hours of her valuable time with your characters and their ordeals, delivering an unsatisfying ending would be a deeply-felt affront.  Particularly in Read More …