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Writing a song

For me, songwriting has always been an interesting mix of inspiration and intentionality. Inspiration helps start the process and guides it; intentionality helps shape it into something more complete. Since I’ve just recently written, recorded, and uploaded a new song to my Patreon account, I thought I’d walk through the complete process of getting a […]

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Bird Behavior

I am an avid birdwatcher. Have been since I was a child. When one watches birds for a lifetime, one gets very attuned to their behaviors. Behavior can even be an identifier at times. How a bird flies, eats, sings, etc. can separate it from other similar species. Finches and woodpeckers have a distinctive dip […]

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Chasing the Feeling Music Once Brought

There is a fatal flaw contained within every musician. In chasing the emotional connection with music that led to us too become musicians in the first place, we often lose our ability to make that connection. In both playing and listening to music, professional musicians process the experience more in the analytical areas of their […]

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Creating Resonance

I write fantasy fiction. That means that when I write, I have to make a lot of shit up. And the shit I make up has to be as real to the reader as the world they live in. This is not easy. Luckily, the reader is (usually) on my side. They want to believe. […]

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When is Writing Not Writing?

I saw a quote today that made me angry. This is not uncommon, of course. What was unusual was that it wasn’t political. It was a quote about writing. “Planning to write is not writing,” it began. “Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.” While […]

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Boskone 2021 Schedule

I’m sad not to be able to go to Boskone in person, but very excited for the panels I’m on. The one good thing about virtual panels is you’re not limited by geographical constraints and can get some big hitters together on panels who normally wouldn’t meet as they’re sometimes in completely different continents.   […]

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The Stupidest Insurrection

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been a little distracted this last week. Haven’t gotten a ton of writing done. So, instead of talking about writing, let’s go ahead and talk about the riot at the capitol. I’m not even going to try to organize my thoughts because of the sheer chaos of the […]

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2020: The Year That Won’t Die

Doesn’t it feel like this year is lasting forever? I just want this election over so I know if there’s reason for hope, or we’re just going to keep sliding into fascist dystopia. But how about the writing, Adam? Shockingly, despite the existential dread I know all of us are suffering from, I’m actually writing […]

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On Writing DUSTER

I thought I’d write a little about my process when I wrote Duster, my new novel that comes out in two weeks. I’m a huge process nerd, so this will be fun for me. You, I’m not so sure about. Duster came about during a period when I had set aside certain portions of the […]

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