Racing Andy Weir: On Running, Writing, and Being Realistic

"What are you doing?" my Laddie pants, pulling up beside me as I pause my Garmin. "Book shopping." Drawing the cold March morning into my aerobically scorched lungs, I approach the glass-fronted hutch beside the trail. A Little Free Library appeared in our neighborhood last year, and I've been a devoted trader. "Ooh, look! You … Continue reading Racing Andy Weir: On Running, Writing, and Being Realistic

(Authorial) Independence Day: Freedom and Free Books

July 4th isn't until Tuesday, but Independence Day festivities kicked off this weekend in my neighborhood. Fireworks, cookouts, and free...books? You heard right. I'm adding a little literary flair to the holiday this year, celebrating my authorial independence and the liberties self-publishing endows: Transient Phenomena, the first installment of my Syzygy sci-fi hexalogy, is now permanently free for … Continue reading (Authorial) Independence Day: Freedom and Free Books

Sci-Fi Strikes Back: How Genre Fiction Can Combat Scientific Censorship

No longer content to misshelve his favorite fictions in the non-fiction section of our national discourse, our new Librarian in Chief now wants to ban the entire 500 class of the Dewey decimal system: science. Last week the Trump administration issued a so-called “gag order”  banning federal science institutions—including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Agriculture, and Department of … Continue reading Sci-Fi Strikes Back: How Genre Fiction Can Combat Scientific Censorship

Passion in Publishing: Why I’m #PoweredByIndie

“You’re a published author?” My new acquaintance’s eyes widen in surprise. “Where can I find your books?” “On Amazon,” I explain. “I publish independently.” I watch my companion’s expression for the unmistakable flickers of confusion, disappointment, or even contempt. But only a smile appears. “That’s so cool! What’s it called?” I’ve had this conversation a … Continue reading Passion in Publishing: Why I’m #PoweredByIndie

Fiction’s Dark Mirror: Dystopia and the 9/11 Generation

I knew something was wrong when I woke to the television muttering downstairs. My parents rarely watched anything other than evening news and weather. If they’d turned it on at nine a.m. on a Tuesday, it could only mean trouble. In trepidation I crept downstairs and into the living room. Mom sat in front of the … Continue reading Fiction’s Dark Mirror: Dystopia and the 9/11 Generation