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The beautiful lightness of brevity

The beautiful lightness of brevity

Novellas: movies you can read. That’s essentially the pitch. Novellas are books usually in the 20-40k word count range. DEUS EX MAGICKA is 192 pages long in paperback, and GODS IN THE MACHINE is an even slimmer 170. These are books that take 2-4 hours to read...
The phenomenal thrill of speed

The phenomenal thrill of speed

In today’s fast-paced lifestyle of short attention spans and even shorter patience, readers expect instant gratification. They want fun. They want adventure. They want humor and emotion and plot twists and surprises. But most of all, they want it fast. All of my...
The incredible power of voice

The incredible power of voice

Voice is everything. As a writer, you’ve probably been told this at every turn. It’s more applicable to literary fiction, but it matters in genre fiction as well. Voice is everything, and sometimes the right choice is to not have a voice. Sometimes you...
The impossible magic system

The impossible magic system

When I set out to write DEUS EX MAGICKA, I gave myself one goal: to create a compelling story using a magic system that should not work. At all. And I may have even succeeded. The idea is simple. Take the concept of deus ex machina—gods from the machine—and turn it...
Broadway in review: Roman Holiday

Broadway in review: Roman Holiday

This post is part of my “Broadway in Review” series, where I explore shows on and off Broadway, including national tours and out-of-town engagements. Roman Holiday (San Francisco out of town tryout) This is the out of town tryout for Roman Holiday at the...
Broadway in review: Aladdin

Broadway in review: Aladdin

This post is part of my “Broadway in Review” series, where I explore shows on and off Broadway, including national tours and out-of-town engagements. Aladdin (May 2017 Broadway Cast) This is the show Charlie should have been. Disney doesn’t crow...
Broadway in review: Come From Away

Broadway in review: Come From Away

This post is part of my “Broadway in Review” series, where I explore shows on and off Broadway, including national tours and out-of-town engagements. Come From Away (Original Broadway Cast) This is an interesting piece. Relentlessly paced, shying away from...
Broadway in review: Groundhog Day

Broadway in review: Groundhog Day

This post is part of my “Broadway in Review” series, where I explore shows on and off Broadway, including national tours and out-of-town engagements. Groundhog Day (Original Broadway Cast) This show made me cry. Tears of joy. Not kidding: one of the songs...