It wasn't working. None of it was. Maybe it was the changing of the seasons. Maybe it was the general Creative's Malaise that comes with feeling as though we're always pushing a boulder uphill. Maybe it was nothing. Whatever it was, though, an unyielding sense of oppression had imposed itself on me, lurking long enough… Continue reading It’s time to start being honest.
Thursday, October 3rd marked the final day of teaching for my first course through the University of Wisconsin's Department of Continuing Studies in Writing. The course I was teaching was "Write Your Novel Now - Plotting Your Way to Success," a series of classes based on material I created from my own experiences in preparing… Continue reading That’s a Wrap! Thank you, UW.
I'm pleased to formally announce the release date and title for book three in the EMPATHY series. Book three, Event Horizon, will be published with NineStar Press on March 2nd, 2020. The excitement is very real. I'm actively working on the manuscript's final deep-structure changes, and being back in the world of EMPATHY has me more… Continue reading EMPATHY 3 Announcement: Release Date, Title, and More!
Former fire captain Gregory Lee Renz describes how his experiences fighting fires translated to writing a novel about the same. Along the way, he offers advice for other writers who aspire to write from experiences of their own. Content warning: episode includes mentions of suicide and PTSD
I'm thrilled to announce I'll now be teaching, coaching, and consulting through Stoughton Parks and Recreation! I'm really grateful for this opportunity and look forward to becoming more involved in the local arts community. If you're unable to enroll in my in-person "Write Your Novel Now" course through the University of Wisconsin, you'll still have a… Continue reading Now Teaching Through Stoughton Parks and Rec!
I'm thrilled to announce that on Saturday, November 2nd from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., I’ll be at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha with dozens of other authors to help celebrate the best in literature from across the state, country, and beyond. So come pay me a visit! This event is only weeks before… Continue reading SE WI Festival of Books, Here I Come!
The EMPATHY series has just added another event to its fall lineup. On Saturday, September 28th from 2 - 6 p.m., I'll be at Fireman's Park in Columbus, Wisconsin with dozens of other exhibiting authors and artists. So come pay me and other area authors and artists a visit! We can chat all things sci-fi… Continue reading Oddtoberfest, Here We Come!
This is a topic that rears its head from time to time in the writing community, and it was recently reignited on Twitter after a creative writing teacher told one of his students the below. https://twitter.com/26LetterWorlds/status/1152001467647004672 Yikes. Not only is this bad advice, it's downright harmful and discouraging to the community at large. Though it… Continue reading The Worst Writing Advice I Ever Received
Over Memorial Day weekend, I had the privilege of speaking at WisCon 43. While there, I also worked as a vendor, peddling my books and chatting with other conference-goers. One such conference-goer was artist A D'Amico, who snagged a copy of Imminent Dawn (yay!) and also took a moment to pass along a sample of her portfolio. I… Continue reading It’s Here! Mourning Dove Character Art
I'm excited to announce I'll be headed to Chicago this October for my first author event outside the state of Wisconsin! On October 16th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at The Book Cellar, you can join me and other area authors for this reading and signing event. I very much look forward to it! If you… Continue reading R.R. Campbell Comes to Chicago!