Never a Better Time to Be a Writer

Last weekend, I was a panelist at iMagicon in Minot, ND. I presented on writing and publishing epic fantasy, and during the panel, I said something I’d never have anticipated ten years ago: “Just focus on writing—publishing is the easy part. There has never been a...

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Writing in the Tough Times

Everyone writes for a variety of reasons. Some people write to express themselves. Others write to make a living. Others write to tell stories that make a difference. And, to be fair, nobody has any one single reason they write, but, whatever the reason, I also...

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Things Are Getting Better. Really.

On February 9th, the Wall Street Journal published an essay titled “The Enlightenment is Working.” You can read the piece in its entirety here, but the Journal rotates which of its articles are publicly available, and it might require a subscription to access....

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Book Two Update

This week, I reached the halfway point of my third draft for the sequel to Warrior of Light. When I provided my estimated timetable last August, I’d predicted draft three completion by January 31—so, unfortunately, it’s time to admit that I’m behind schedule. The...

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Alabama Bound

At the end of this month, I’ll set forth on my annual road trip from Bismarck, North Dakota to Monroeville, Alabama—a trip I’ve made every year since my senior year of high school. In Minneapolis, I'll pick up my high school friend Mike, after which we'll hit...

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2017: In Review

At this time last year, I posted a blog regarding the many positive things I experienced in 2016. For me, it was a fantastic year for many reasons, not the least of which was publishing Warrior of Light in November 2016. Later, I posted a blog covering my upcoming...

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Book Review: Dracula

This October, I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Few characters are as readily identifiable as Stoker’s titular count, who has now been featured in over two hundred adaptations. Walk into any crowded room in the country, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a single person...

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Writing (and the Deer Stand)

Last weekend was deer opener in Minnesota. As I sat in the stand, I thought back to a November morning several years ago, when I found myself sitting in a deer stand near the crack of dawn in the north woods. The season was colder than usual, and before the sun rose,...

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