Posts made in May, 2015

Editing THE SCOURGE, pt 2

Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 9 comments

  The first edit for THE SCOURGE was a read through of the total manuscript, filling in obvious holes like missing character names or big contradictions. It took me two days, and while some areas were better than I had remembered, some needed major surgery. The word count increased by a little over 3000 words, putting it right now at 66,724. I had intended to spend this weekend on another draft to fix those most problematic scenes, but then yesterday (while weeding the garden – ugh), I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, and the topic spurred my thinking about the...

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Editing THE SCOURGE, pt 1

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 39 comments

Over the years, I’ve had some requests from young writers to explain my editing process. Granted, not a ton of requests because most people compare the editing process to sadistic dentists like this, but it’s actually my favorite part, and in my opinion, the most important stage of writing. Creating from the blank page is hard. It’s building something from nothing. It’s the continual realization that most of the words you’re setting down are garbage, and all you want to do is labor over those few sentences until they’re perfect. But you can’t. Because if you do, you’ll never get to the next...

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Who Needs a Library Anyway?

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 20 comments

A couple of years ago, I was invited to speak at an Illinois school, and was excited to attend…until I entered their library. The walls were bare. The shelves were mostly empty, and what titles existed were relics with dust on them. I tried not to show my frustration to the librarian who had so kindly greeted us. But it confused me. How could she be so welcoming in such an unwelcoming space? I did the presentation for an awesome group of students, though they clearly had no familiarity with my book, or for that matter, no familiarity with most of the titles I had discussed. Of course they...

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MARK OF THE THIEF 2

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Mark of the Thief | 435 comments

February 2016. (Warning: Spoilers from Book 1 are below) Nic and his sister are trapped in Radulf’s home, without magic. His friends have betrayed his trust. And the empire has learned what he can do. The Praetors are coming… If you have not yet seen the trailer for Book 1, you can check it out...

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