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We Were On a Break

While the length of time may vary, most writers agree that you should take some kind of break between drafts of your book, especially if you're still deep in revisions, as I am with Brigham Plaza. I used to see these breaks as reprieves. A whole...

A Night at Version 6

Somewhere along the way, the music shifted from an upbeat heart attack of hardcore techno to the mellow and near comatose strains of an unknown ambient artist. A low beat thumped in the room, resonating in G's chest almost to the point of sickness...

Alert the Media

Some things never change. I've been writing stories and novels for a long time now, and though I'm no longer in the posting word counts to Twitter every day phase, I still feel the need to share the milestones with someone... anyone, basically...

Her First Kill

Outside, the buildings began to change, grow taller, reaching for a peak that would apogee in the center of downtown. Bonnie caught her breath, started to speak several times before finding the right words.

Thirty Minutes to Burn

You wish you had a girlfriend. You wish you had some friends. You don't like living in Provo. You haven't spoken to mom and dad since graduation. They call sometimes. You ignore them. You need to get your life together.

A Capricious Welcome

For the first time, Ken could see the ceiling of the construct, hazy like a light-polluted sky at night. Instead of stars or a moon, a single gash of white light stretched across the dome. In the center where it was thickest, the light moved like a...

The Apple Quandary

It was done anyway. Danny knew it. So what did it matter how he greeted the man who had come to kill him? So many times in his life, he’d felt unsafe, unsure of what might happen. But now… now he was home. These were his walls keeping...

On The Ending of Things

I lied to some good people recently. I asked them to beta read my next book and told them it was complete. But it wasn't. In fact, it was missing its final five chapters, a section for which I coined a new term: the ending. Why the deceit, you ask...

Sorry About That

So I get an alert from Wordpress along the lines of Hey, your site is blowin' up, dog, which was weird for a couple of reasons. First, that kind of language is not very professional, and second, my site never blows up. After a little research, I...

Book Review: The Institute by Stephen King

Although not on the same prestige level as The Shining or The Stand, The Institute is a damn good book that is simultaneously deliberate and effortless. The story of a young, brilliant boy who is abducted by a mysterious organization and subjected...

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