Category: Daily Author

Quotes from (or about) authors.

Westworld Doesn’t Get AI

Westworld season 1 left me feeling lost (geek allusion intended) most of the season, which was undoubtedly J.J. Abrams’ fault (he wrote/directed Lost) but Westworld’s season 1 finale was so good and the payoff was so unexpected, I trudged all...

Book Launch on Tuesday! UNPROVEN

  Hey! After two years of hard work, Unproven is finally ready for launch and will be hitting Amazon and B&N on Tuesday, March 6.  Occasionally, online stores are a smidgeon slow loading new books so if Unproven isn’t live...

5 Blades – a SciFi-Fantasy Short Story Anthology

    At long last, 5 Blades: Riveting Realms of Adventure is about ready for publication launch – and here is our sweet cover! I’ll be featured alongside veteran sci-fi fantasy authors Jaime Buckley, David West, Jason King, and Lewis...

Hangin’ Out With All-Time Bestselling Authors

Drew hangs out with all-time bestselling authors on a YA recommended reading list.  Okay, it’s not a Hugo Award and it didn’t land me on Oprah but sometimes a relevant People’s Choice Award is even better.  After recently being voted a Top...

Mischievous Word Smithery Encouraged

I once read that a word smith is a creature to be feared above all others.  I suppose there is a good deal of historical precedent to support that assertion – just consider Thomas Paine’s Common Sense if you can’t...

Word Crimes by Weird Al

Like most authors, I follow blogs and people who are interested in the technical faux pas that grammar police love to impose upon persons of lesser educated-ness.  Too bad … they don’t teach as well as Weird Al:

Dagon & H.P. Lovecraft

I confess: until today, I’d never read anything by H.P. Lovecraft.  Frankly, the “horror” label combined with its awful, original illustrations have kept me at bay for many years.  However, at FantasyCon 2014, his name popped up so many times...

Einstein as Fantasy Fan

  At FantasyCon, I heard a quote from Einstein that every fantasy author should know: “When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than...

Begin it Now – Goethe

Today’s inspiration comes from Goethe and deservedly ranks as one of the best inspirational quotes of all time.  It is so well stated that I have little to add to it today: Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to...

Madness

Every once in a while, a great storyteller comes up with a fresh approach to a character.   As I think back to some of the most refreshing and unique characters I’ve read about or watched onscreen, one character really...

Well Borrowed is Well Composed

One of my lease favorite composers (Arnold Schoenberg) penned these words: “Well borrowed is well composed.” He is indisputably right.  Modern viewers almost undoubtedly prefer the Matrix to Plato’s Cave despite the fact that Plato came along much earlier than...

Fear of the Unknown

I woke up grumpy today so today’s authorial inspiration comes from H.P. Lovecraft, one of the great masters of scary fiction: The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear...

Orson Scott Card’s Weasel

Another piece of prose from Orson Scott Card’s Seventh Son: Although the Seventh Son did not rank among one of my favorite books of all time, there were several places in the book where his really down to earth, organic,...

Shakespeare Slams

In modern film, we usually find very bland, direct slams and insults.  Occasionally, a marginally subtle and humorous attack is aimed towards a dense character who fails to understand the biting remark but rare are the times when ad hominem...

Story Juggling by Drew

Years ago, I began a lifelong juggling addiction (although I’m too stubborn to join any 12 step program to help me stop). In 2000 or perhaps a little earlier, I began to tell stories while juggling. To my knowledge, I’m...

Raistlin Majere

As a teenager, I was probably more drawn towards the Dragonlance series than any other work of fantasy – though the Shannara series may have been a close second for a season.  Something about Raistlin drew me in.  Despondent, cynical,...

Lawyer Joke of the Day

I’ve heard my fair share of lawyer jokes in my life.  Most of the time, I don’t think they are very funny because they either demonstrate a failure to understand the legal system or more likely … they demonstrate a...

Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my...

Prose – Orson Scott Card

“When you make one basket, it can never be more than one basket.  But when you say words.  They can be repeated over and over, and fill men’s hearts a thousand miles from where you first spoke them.  Words can...