Grim Curio’s Style Update

  The weekend’s almost over, but I’ve got a lot of work done. I’ve been focusing on the style of Grim Curio. Check out the first couple paragraphs, all newly rewritten: The wailing of worn iron hinges ripped me awake. The sound grated. It squealed with an irregular rhythm, accompanied by constant popped corn sounds […]

From Mind to Paper: Creating a Character

Above: Ginko from Mushi Shi. Writing is a process. Prose don’t appear on paper perfectly executed. First drafts are a spew of consciousness, a firehose of concepts splattered haphazardly with the wrong words in the wrong order, the wrong setting with the wrong details, the wrong character featuring the wrong motivation. But you have to […]

Ideas are a brewin’

Welcome to another Grim Curio production note, a post where I share something that I’m thinking about for a future scene. If you want to learn more about production notes, read this. The Nihilists Part of Grim Curio’s subtext involves a variety of groups that live in or around Oasis – the last city on […]

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 I want to talk about […]

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 which I’ll dedicate to writing […]

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 him in Grim Curio. It’ll […]