wattpad

Now Available: “State Line”

"State Line," the story of a widower confronting a recent loss and interstate stereotypes, is now available on Wattpad. This is my first short story in years, and I've been writing about what went into creating it all week. Whether you choose to read up on the story's background first or prefer to dive right… Continue reading Now Available: “State Line”

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On Writing

A Peculiar Affliction

I drive better after I’ve had a few. It’s, like, five miles. I don’t want to put anyone out of their way. These are phrases one hears all too often in Wisconsin's taverns, bars, and pubs, expressions of perilous confidence in taking to the roadways after a long (or short!) night of drinking. Drunk driving… Continue reading A Peculiar Affliction

On Writing

The Worst Drivers in the Union

They never signal. They pass on the right. They weave in and out of traffic with no regard for their safety or that of others. I'm talking, of course, about drivers from the state of Nevada. Or Georgia. Or Missouri. It really depends on who you ask. One study, in fact, did ask this question,… Continue reading The Worst Drivers in the Union

On Writing

On Writing One’s Anxieties

Everyone's imagination runs wild from time to time. Anticipation swells within us, the possibilities playing themselves out in our minds. We predict, preempt, and plan, eager to head off impending disaster. You can imagine, then, a Sunday evening drive, the sun long set, the interstate slick with snow. The nausea simmers in your stomach as… Continue reading On Writing One’s Anxieties

announcements, Uncategorized

This Friday: A New Short Story

I've been away from short fiction ever since "What It Is to Smell of Man" was published in 2017. That changes this Friday. The last two years have been marked by change, personally, professionally, and on the page. Where my fiction is concerned, my focus has been exclusively on novel-length media, apparent in the publication… Continue reading This Friday: A New Short Story

Crafting Villains – Novel Approaches 020

In an episode oddly chockfull of Care Bears and Smurfs, r.r. and Sione tackle the dark side of storytelling. What distinguishes a villain from an antagonist? How can we avoid creating caricatures of evil? Will r.r. ever remember the names of the actors in his favorite shows?

writing

It’s time to start being honest.

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.

editing, education

Now Available: Editing and Writescast Academy Gift Cards!

Based on feedback from the community and in keeping with my goal of making my writing coach services as accessible as possible, I'm proud to now offer gift cards through my online shop! What are these gift cards? What are they for? These gift cards allow writers' family members and friends to make it even… Continue reading Now Available: Editing and Writescast Academy Gift Cards!