How to Harness the Critique Feedback Loop to Become a Better Writer

As I write my novel Grim Curio, I’ve been sharing excerpts on /r/DestructiveReaders  and my development diary to get feedback. At first I did this just to get an idea of what people thought of my work in progress. Then a pattern emerged, and through it I found myself becoming a better […]

The Layered Universe

Production Note I’ve been talking about my novel in progress for a couple of weeks now, and there are some topics that I’ve brought up that need some fleshing out. Grim Curio is a kind of Fantasy/Post Apocalyptic hybrid, so there’s a fair amount of world building in the subtext. Today […]

Grew up among the Nihilists in East Oasis. My parents taught me to burn the world around me, to finish the job of the Great Cleansing. Grim Curio, from Badass Writing Day

You won’t see me,” he said. “But I can see you.” My eyes struggled against the darkness, straining to see the man behind the voice. I saw nothing.  “We took your weapon,” the man said. I felt my pocket for the snapper coil. Nothing. Fear gripped me. Grim Curio

Grim Curio Part 2

Part 2 of Grim Curio is now critique ready! For those of you who’re knew here, and let’s face it, at this point it’s most of you, I’ll tell you what that means below. Want to jump right in? Reddit | Google Doc What is a critique ready excerpt? As […]

Badass Writing Day #1

Recently I made a major career change: I went from being an internet marketing guy to a programming dude. One of the many benefits programming has over my last job is more vacation time, which in turn means more writing time. This year I’m setting aside four full vacation days […]

I’ve eaten fungus since I was a child. My sweat and blood are toxic. I don’t need a knife to kill you, I just need to dab you with one drop of my blood. Grim Curio

Change log: Chapter 1 Part 1 Revised

Last week I shared my critique ready version of Grim Curio Chapter 1 Part 1. It was 3600 words long and was the first piece I shared online. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of feedback and felt compelled to revise it right away. Well the revision is done, and […]

Production note: Snapper Coil

This is my first production note that I’m sharing, so here’s a little intro: production notes are anything that’s on my mind which I want to record. They may be reference points, character notes, or descriptions. Today’s note is a description of a device that James Bartlebee caries around with […]

15,000 words written – plus first look at Chapter 1

Its the beginning of my journey: writing my next novel, Grim Curio. It’s been a long time since I released Discovering Aberration, a long time since I’ve really sat down and wrote anything at all. Until recently, that is. I’ve written 15,000 words towards a new novel, and I’m really […]