As always, this review is spoiler free. The Graveyard Book was first recommended to me by my cousin several years ago. It's been on my list ever since, so I passed on the recommendation to my local book club in hopes that I might find extra motivation to get around to reading the story. The book... Continue Reading →
Leading Edge Magazine is a science fiction and fantasy journal. Leading Edge has published work by writers such as Orson Scott Card and Brandon Sanderson (whose class I am taking.) I submitted several pieces earlier this year, and two of them, "Stuck" and "Touchdown Blues", were selected for publication in Issue 74. You can read "Touchdown Blues" online... Continue Reading →
Fearless Faith and fear may be opposed, but the two are not opposites. Do not be deceived. For faith is brighter, is stronger, is vaster, than pinched-up, fist-clenched, pitiable fear. —M.M. Watercolor by Maria Raczynska. Watch a video of it being painted here. More poetry by M.M. here.
I’m taking a fiction writing class from Brandon Sanderson currently, and over the next few months I will be posting some of the best advice I’ve received from the class as well as my own perspective on writing. By the end of the class, I will have written at least 35,000 words of a... Continue Reading →
The Conoco gas station was deserted when I rolled up. Sixteen fully-functioning, state-certified gas pumps and no one was interested, poor things. Surely, I couldn’t be the only one traveling along this desert stretch of I-15 with a thirsty car. I glanced across the street to the big, red-and-white numbers on the Shell sign: $2.69... Continue Reading →
If you’re tired because you’ve tried, that’s okay. Often the best steps forward are spelled with the same letters. —M.M. Watercolor by Yong Chen. Read more by M.M.
I’m taking a fiction writing class from Brandon Sanderson currently, and over the next few months I will be posting some of the best advice I’ve received from the class as well as my own perspective on writing. By the end of the class, I will have written at least 35,000 words of a new... Continue Reading →
Upward Do not fear a rocky start, for so also began the mountains who tower above the earth and enjoy the company of the sky. —M.M. Watercolor by Ruth Bailey More poems by M.M. here.
I attended a recent event where Matthew Luhn, a creator at Pixar, shared his advice and thoughts on storytelling. He was quick to point out that storytelling is an important skill in all fields, not just in what some call entertainment jobs. So without further ado, here are tips on storytelling from Matthew Luhn: Story... Continue Reading →