Universal Stories: THE PUNISHER

With apologies to all of the great religious figures in history: turn the other cheek, my ass.


A Character Study

If I could meet any of them in real life, he's the one I'd choose. I'd sit and have a drink with him. He'd have coffee, probably the cheapest cup he could get, because flavor isn't as important as caffeine. I'd have a beer, one of those dark ones you can't see through.

The Evolution of Story

There's a lot of self-talk that goes into drafting, because it's impossible for me to believe, if I stand back and look at the magnitude what needs to be done, that I'll actually be able to do it.


NaNoWriMo Year 8

Holy cats, I really have been NaNoing since 2010. Considering everything, I was thinking of skipping this year. But things bubble, and NaNo has always been a really satisfying experience for me. So here we go again! And since I'm into lists of 5 these days, here are 5 things I learned from NaNoWriMo. Your … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Year 8


About That Book…

One of the things that comes from not being famous is that nobody ever asks you about the things you want to talk about the most. I've got a couple of prime promo slots for this book--one on Mary Robinette Kowal's MY FAVORITE BIT, one on John Scalzi's BIG IDEA, and a nice interview on … Continue reading About That Book…



I'm about to go into promo overload for Book 3, but given where I live and recent events, I want to say something first about what happened in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017. And it's pretty much this: White nationalism--Naziism, fascism, white supremacy, whatever title the news media tries to use--is a corrupt, corrosive, … Continue reading Charlottesville


Writing Retreats, or: Why I Can’t Teach Anyone A Damn Thing About Writing

My most vivid memories of Wizard World are of the times I disagreed with people. Of course, it wasn't always a wise choice. On one panel, offering strategies for writer's block, I quoted an audience member from an earlier discussion: "Drinking and drugs." (Which was meant as humor, of course, but I think the moderator … Continue reading Writing Retreats, or: Why I Can’t Teach Anyone A Damn Thing About Writing