110 Planets

110 Planets

I need to lay some groundwork for The Helion Chronicles because my “science” is probably going to shock some people. There is a great deal of the science in these stories that is absolutely made up. They are science fiction set thousands of years in the future so I didn’t feel the need to make […]

June 4, 2018 | Posted in Helion Chronicles
5 Essential Lessons from Eureka

5 Essential Lessons from Eureka

Eureka is now on Amazon Prime so it’s a good time to catch up if you haven’t watched it before. There’s 5 seasons which is a good blend of enough episodes to keep you entertained but not drown you in a show you never finish. When it first aired, I watched the pilot and a […]

May 28, 2018 | Posted in 5 lessons, Story Courses, tv
5 Ways to Support Your Favorite Author

5 Ways to Support Your Favorite Author

I’ve gone back and forth on this post for a while. Because it can seem self-serving. “5 Ways to Support Your Favorite Author” can very easily become “5 Ways to Support Me” which is not my intention at all. I’m not just a writer, I’m a reader. And a lot of the authors I enjoy […]

May 21, 2018 | Posted in Commentary
Once Upon a Time Exposes the Lie of the Moonlighting Curse

Once Upon a Time Exposes the Lie of the Moonlighting Curse

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Moonlighting Curse. The idea that once a couple gets together on a tv show it ruins either the relationship or the show entirely. It began, of course, with Moonlighting which starred Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis. Their bickering and sexual tension carried the show for 3 seasons. And then they […]

May 7, 2018 | Posted in Plot, Story Courses
5 Essential Lessons from The Brave

5 Essential Lessons from The Brave

NBC recently cancelled The Brave which means, much like Haven, I was one of the few people watching it. Which is sad because it was really good. It’s not on Netflix or Amazon Prime (yet) but it’s on Hulu and probably on demand with your cable provider. It’s only 13 episodes so they’re easy to […]

April 30, 2018 | Posted in 5 lessons, Story Courses
Books as TV Shows

Books as TV Shows

I had an idea, early in 2017, to write a book like a tv show. The first thing everyone thinks of when I mention this idea is that it’s written in screenplay format. I do not mean it’s written in screenplay format. Let’s set aside books for a moment and think of movies and tv […]

April 23, 2018 | Posted in Helion Chronicles
5 Essential Lessons from Haven

5 Essential Lessons from Haven

I feel like Haven is one of those shows that I’m the only person who watched it. But I still find it fairly interesting and it definitely has some valuable storytelling lessons to glean. I’ve tried to limit spoilers so you can access the writing lessons without ruining the show. I binged two and a […]

April 16, 2018 | Posted in 5 lessons, Story Courses
How to binge social media with Viraltag

How to binge social media with Viraltag

I binge a lot of things. Not just tv. I binge social media, cooking, writing blog posts, all sorts of things (except, you know, exercise but I’m working on that). When it comes to binging social media, a scheduler is vital. Otherwise I overwhelm my followers and then I’m completely absent and both mean I […]

April 9, 2018 | Posted in Blogging
5 Essential Lessons from Reign

5 Essential Lessons from Reign

Sometimes I can’t explain what I like about Reign. I can tell you all the things I don’t like easily enough. And a lot of those are the essential lessons in what not to do in our storytelling. And yet, even with its flaws there’s a lot I enjoy about it. I enjoy most of […]

April 2, 2018 | Posted in 5 lessons, Story Courses
What is contrived conflict

What is contrived conflict

Conflict is the life blood of drama. YA authors gleefully thrive on the tears and broken hearts of their readers. Readers wail and cry and tweet and then come back, hungry for more. But contrived conflict is another matter altogether. It destroys your reader’s trust and dare I even say it has the potential to […]

March 26, 2018 | Posted in Craft, Story Courses