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Three Secrets of Effective Plot Twists

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Plot | 19 comments


Plot twists. Every writer wants them. No matter what genre we’re writing, we all want that breathtaking twist that makes our reader’s jaws drop right off and fall to the floor, because they never saw that coming. And then keeps them turning pages until far into the wee hours of the morning. (In the hospital, while they wait for their jaw to be surgically reattached.) …Read More

Behind the Scenes of My New Short Film!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Filmmaking | 30 comments


A couple of weeks ago, we finished shooting the main scenes for my new dramatic short film, Stolen Voices. If you’ve ever seen any of the videos my brother and I make, this will basically be nothing like those.

It’s longer–about ten minutes instead of the usual three to five. It’s hopefully much better in terms of production quality, due to the talented filmmakers I had helping me. Also, it is not funny. …Read More

The Complete Writer’s Guide to Auto Repair

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Humor | 21 comments


Let us imagine a scenario in which you are driving in your forest-green Tahoe (named Xalvador) down the long, flat, soul-sucking stretch of road that leads from Kansas to Oklahoma, just after the 2015 Realm Makers conference. You are smelly, unshaven, and tired. This morning, you scoured Xalvador’s interior, and found just enough change for half a tank of gas and a Clif bar, which incidentally is the only thing you have eaten all day. (The Clif bar, not the gas.) …Read More

Adventures at Realm Makers, Part 2: CONFERENCE TIME

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in The Writing Life | 21 comments


Continuing from last week

I was able to catch a ride to St. Louis with my friend, mentor, and fellow writer, Daniel Schwabauer. I never saw much of a point in going to things like movies or conferences alone. To quote Winnie the Pooh, it’s just so much friendlier with two. Also, if aliens or dinosaurs or marauding Huns attack, there’s a chance that one of you can make a quiet escape while the other is abducted/eaten/skinned alive and sewn into gloves.  …Read More