Constructed Languages

Paul Frommer made Na’vi.  Mark Okrand made Klingon.  JRR Tolkien made Quenya, Sindarin, and many other languages. Constructed languages have accompanied fictional cultures for years, and are pretty much a requirement in future writing.  The reader’s attention to detail is such that they will register whether or not something is off linguistically just as they […]

You’re Not Fired, Just Demoted

I had yesterday off for Memorial Day.  No big plans.  I thought I’d surely get a bunch of writing done on my novel this weekend over three days.  I ended up with about a page and a half, but that was written seven or eight times. Kurt Vonnegut had days where he wrote only a […]

I Ain’t Dead! Yay!

I haven’t posted on here since March.  I can’t believe how the time has flow since I last posted on here.  It’s spring, that magical time of year where I basically hide under a mountain of work at my day job and never see the light of day.  I haven’t written anything at all in […]

It’s Okay to Make Stuff Up

I began working on one of my novels over the weekend.  It opens in Chile, and one of the roadblocks I immediately ran into was the fact that I know almost nothing about Chile.  I know where it’s located and a couple of cities, but that’s it.  While I’ve got Google Maps showing me the […]

Who’s Going to be President (in Your Story)?

It’s been a busy couple of weeks.  Things been hectic at my day job, and I’ve managed to set some time aside in the evening to get the needle twitching on my writing-o-meter.  I currently have four projects that I’m either developing or about ready to start drafting, two novels and two short stories. One […]


I’m sitting at my desk at home determined to come out of this with at least one good idea to write about.  There is an idea out there.  I know it.  So where can I find one? GAMING Gaming is sort of like a quick-fix sub for reading.  It distracts me from the current problem […]

The Freedom of Unoriginality

I’ve written about 2,000 words so far this year.  Considering that’s about how much I wrote all of 2018, I’d call that progress.  Most of those words are for those days when I actually posted something to the blog.  I’m still feeling quite stymied as far as creative fiction goes. James Patterson once remarked that […]