• NO NAME Character Mind Map

Character Mind Map…for No Name (Ficuary: Day 4)

I need to sit down and come up with names, y'all. I hate naming characters! I really like the idea of playing with the gray area between what are considered extreme separate points--god and demon, city and country--and finding ways to poke at the way those positions are similar. For more information about my totally invented month-long challenge FICUARY, please see the intro video: https://youtu.be/C3AgL-bfGIQ Music: Waves by Makaih Beats (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Makaih_Beats/Fake_Love_makaihbeatsnet/Waves_makaihbeatsnet) under CC 3.0. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQW1LM5oDmo

February 4th, 2019|Categories: blog|Tags: |
  • Ficuary Murder Brainstorm

MURDERRRRR (Ficuary: Day #3)

Okay, y'all, brainstorming murder? SUPER FUCKING FUN. TRY IT AT HOME! For more information about my totally invented month-long challenge FICUARY, please see the intro video: https://youtu.be/C3AgL-bfGIQ Music: Waves by Makaih Beats (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Makaih_Beats/Fake_Love_makaihbeatsnet/Waves_makaihbeatsnet) under CC 3.0. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csueOQlky14

February 3rd, 2019|Categories: blog|Tags: |
  • Setting Mind Map

Setting Mindmap (Ficuary Day 2)

Welcome to beautiful St *Something* Point. I started out only knowing there was a lighthouse, set a timer for ten minutes (and by "timer" I mean I cued up the last ten minutes of a West Wing episode I've seen a million times), and wrote down everything I could think of about the place. Alas, I still don't know its proper name. These things happen. I've written tens of thousands of words with placeholders where I'll need the names of towns. This is a total experiment. So if you're minded to answer a few questions, I have 'em. - CAN

February 2nd, 2019|Categories: blog|Tags: |
  • WTF is Ficuary?

WTF IS FICUARY? (Ficuary: Day 1)

Hello, and welcome to Ficuary! The totally invented challenge month that I may well be the only nerd big enough into writerly process to get excited about! I will film and post one fiction writing activity a day. They won't be highly professional rehearsed videos full of cleverness. They'll be messy brainstorms where I doodle unintelligible scribbles and character mind maps for characters who don't even have names. WELCOME TO MY PROCESS. This is an experiment. And I do love an experiment! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3AgL-bfGIQ

February 1st, 2019|Categories: blog|Tags: |
  • Do no harm

First Do No Harm

Producing art for consumption is an interesting business. I didn't know much about publishing when I started putting out books in 2014. I was largely motivated by desperation (having a "We're cutting your hours...again" meeting with one's boss will have that effect sometimes, perhaps especially when one has a dependent human at home). I made my own covers. (They were quite possibly the literal worst.) I edited as well as I could, which I am told was adequate (variations on the theme "Doesn't have typos on every page, five stars" were among my first reviews). In short: I could manage

August 1st, 2018|Categories: blog|


Mac lingered outside the front door of the gym, smoking a cigarette and trying to look less like he was about to step inside a brothel. To work there. Having sex with people. For money. It shouldn’t really be that hard to project, since he didn’t usually spend his time waiting outside a brothel to have sex with people for money, but somehow he still felt like he was wearing a big neon sign on his forehead. He almost jumped out of his skin when the door pushed open. “Hey there. You must be the new guy. I’m Jem.” Jem

September 13th, 2017|Categories: blog|Tags: , |


Mac clocked out of the discount store for the last time a little after two o’clock. He had hours before the start of his first training shift on the floor, but he knew he’d get to The Gym early. He was way too keyed up not to. Plus, Jem was working a double today. Again. Mac detoured through Taco Bell and grabbed both of them lunch before heading over. It was a little frivolous to spend ahead of his paycheck, but the car had a full tank of gas and it seemed more important to find a way to thank

September 12th, 2017|Categories: blog|Tags: , |


The first thing that surprised Mac about weeks three and four of his training at The Gym was that it wasn’t the clients he had to worry about. “Man, I’m fucking dying here,” he panted, fighting the very real urge to vomit. “Don’t be a tiny little baby, Mac. You can do one more, and then I’ll let you cool down.” “I would kick your sorry ass right now. If I could breathe. Or see.” Travis laughed. Weight training on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. He was supposed to be doing cardio on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but at this point he

September 11th, 2017|Categories: blog|Tags: , |
  • Photo of books

Real Quick!

I'm looking at dates! I'm self publishing four things in the next *counts* four months! If you're supporting me at $5+ on Patreon, y'all, that business is gonna hit your inbox a week before it's released in the wild! Two re-releases: Training Mac: 19 September (which means 12 September for $5+ Patreon folks--AKA NEXT WEEK) Teasing Mac: 17 October (which means 10 October for $5+ Patreon folks!) Two new releases: Taking Mac: 14 November (which means 7 November for $5+ Patreon folks!) Let Every New Year Find You: 12 December (which means 5 December for $5+ Patreon folks!) Just in

September 4th, 2017|Categories: blog|Tags: , |