Here is the big news! Sideshow Collectibles and The Court of the Dead have published my new short story, Calm Seas. Set in the universe of the Court, Calm Seas tells the tale of a band of pirates, stranded on the high seas and questioning their sanity as sailors begin to disappear one by one…
Afterward, let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your feedback. If you like the story, be sure to share it on your favorite social media channel of choice.
I know that I have never really been good at updating this blog in a proper/timely manner. This is something that those of you genuinely interested in what I have to say have likely noticed. I tend to deem these extended periods of time “Radio Silence,” despite the mixing of medium metaphors. Honestly, I’m not happy with these periods, would very much like them to stop, and therefore be more prompt with my writings/blogging. Whether it’s a blog published elsewhere on the web or just a general update on my work and progress, there really is no reason I cannot post more frequently… besides willing myself to get up off my ass (or sit down on it, I suppose) and actually do so.
And aside from my extended blogging in 2017 for Sideshow.com, I have not been all that productive. I’ll spare you the laundry list of lame excuses and understandable reasons. Except one…
Genre writers and storytellers are sponges. What I mean by that is, we see the world around us, absorb it, filter it, then spit it back out as something new we can call our own. When things are bad, we create dystopian dramas with unlikely underdogs fighting back against oppressive regimes. When things are good, we create fantastic adventures through space and time, boldly creating and discovering new wonders throughout the universe.
To put it mildly, the state of the world around us right now… isn’t good. Absorbing and viewing in the swirling garbage around us, for me personally, makes it more difficult to feel creative. But you don’t really need to hear about my general malaise at the current state of our political, social, and natural environments. You’ve seen it. You know what is happening. I’m sure you are sick of it too, and wish for some big changes.
So I blocked it all out.
I have always been hesitant to post any social or political views here. I also try to avoid it on Twitter and Facebook aside from the occasional share/retweet which, let’s be honest, is the political equivalent of saying “Yes, I agree with you, but I’m gonna do it from behind this shrubbery where the bad guys can’t see me.”
I think that needs to change.
I know many readers prefer not to have a writer’s political/social views shoved down their throats. But no matter what you are reading, chances are that is exactly what is happening whether you realize it or not. I think it would be impossible for a writer not to include at least a little of their personal beliefs in their works. Whether it is intended is another matter entirely.
For me, the best thing about writing is creating new and exciting characters. Because of this, I tend to let them drive the story forward, and sometimes they really surprise me and take me down divergent paths I hadn’t expected. These are some of the best and most fluid times to be writing, in my opinion.
I also believe every character has their own unique and interesting story, even if that story isn’t in the pages of your current book.
So the writing prompt for today, is to take one of your side characters and write their story. It could be a member of your supporting cast or someone that had only one bit of dialogue and then was gone from the book forever. Their story can be a simple quick flash fiction or a novel. It might start as one and end up as the other, who knows?
Make it interesting, make it fun, make it scary. Whatever you want it to be it is up to you… just make it.