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The Rise of Fantasy Literature

I remember when the science fiction and fantasy section of a bookstore formed two or three shelves at most, often in a back corner and unattended by the average passerby. Today, however, it’s one of the largest sections in the entire store. What brought about this...

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Harry Potter, 20 Years Later

Last week, the first book in the Harry Potter series—Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone—celebrated its 20th anniversary. At 504 million copies sold, Harry Potter and its author, J.K. Rowling, are recognizable as household names. While I usually don't include...

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Never a Better Time to be a Writer

I recently spoke with a friend who was interested in publishing a book, and at the end of the conversation found myself saying something I’d never have anticipated ten years ago: “Just focus on writing—publishing is the easy part.” Until recently, I’d have said the...

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What is Malichon Manor?

Earlier this week, I posted the cover art for my short story “Malichon Manor” on my Facebook page. It’s a classic haunted house story, and I’m targeting an October 1 release to coincide with Halloween season. I’ve already had a few folks ask me what the word...

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Write Long, Run Far

Last weekend, I ran a 10k in Fargo, ND. The race is part of Fargo’s annual marathon week, which in addition to a full marathon also includes a 5k, 10k, half-marathon, and marathon relay. My brother Bob—who has participated in everything from marathons to...

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iMagicon 2017

I recently attended iMagicon in Minot, ND. This was the third convention I’ve attended in 2017, following Fargo-Moorhead Comic Con in February and the Bismarck Fandom Alliance Vendor Show in March. While all three were excellent experiences, iMagicon was the best yet....

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Projects Update

The first few months of 2017 have been very productive for me. As I mentioned at the beginning of the year, I have several projects in the works, foremost of which is writing the sequel to Warrior of Light. I started work on the sequel last July, between exchanging...

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What About When We Fail?

In a previous blog entry, I discussed the importance of holding careers we are passionate about—for it is passion that drives us to succeed. However, what about the times we don’t succeed? What about when we fail? When I’m conducting candidate interviews for an open...

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Guest Blog with the Fictorians

This week, I wrote a guest blog post for the Fictorians. The Fictorians' theme of the month is "friendships in fiction", so I focused on the friendships present in Warrior of Light. You can read the post at the Fictorians website...

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