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The unusual joy of discovery

The unusual joy of discovery

Magic. Adventure. Mayhem. Ferrets. How did the ferrets get involved? Allow me to explain the planning process—or lack thereof—that resulted in the strangeness of PANTHEON. Deus Ex Magicka (Pantheon Book 1) Jeremy Thomas FullerStarmist EntertainmentKindle...
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...
The beauty of fractal arcs

The beauty of fractal arcs

My epic urban fantasy series, THE PRIME SAGA, originally consisted of three books at about 250k words each. (That’s pretty long.) This is the story of how I split them in half (and added two more), ending up with eight ~120k word books. I invented a term for it...
Story development

Story development

Ah, process. Some people live by it. But most writers I meet, especially amateur writers, hate process. I’m a software engineer by trade—and I approach writing very professionally—so process is a very important part of things for me. Here, we’ll explore my...
Revision! Every author’s [least] favorite thing

Revision! Every author’s [least] favorite thing

This past year I’ve done a lot of writing, but I’ve also been heavily focused on revision. I hate revision, but it’s a necessary evil in this business. So I thought it might be interesting to talk about some of the techniques I’ve developed....
In praise of thriller pacing

In praise of thriller pacing

John picked up the gun and checked the chamber—full, of course. Anna hadn’t had time to get a shot off. But what had happened? His head was whirling. He couldn’t make sense of anything. So he did the only thing he could do: he headed for the door at the...