The World of Zapatero



Getting Out

As a writer, I spend way too much time in front of my computer. In some ways, this is time well spent. I get a decent amount of writing done and, as I mentioned a few days ago, I've gotten... Continue Reading →

Muse House Reading (part two)

Again, thanks to Doug Gordon for inviting me to read at Muse House! For this one, I decided to go with dramatic black-and-white:

Muse House Reading (part one)

Big thanks to Doug Gordon, host of the All But True reading series at Muse House, for inviting me to read from The Grievers last night. This time around, the battery in my camera managed to hold its charge for... Continue Reading →

Delay on The Grievers

First, I want to thank everyone in the blogging community and beyond for being so generous in your support of my work. Over the past few months, I'd had the rare opportunity to form what I can't call anything other... Continue Reading →

Schuster vs. Schuster

I was scanning the shelves in search of my own books at the local library a few days ago* when I spotted The Might Have Been by Joseph M. Schuster. Of course, when I first spotted the book, the author's... Continue Reading →

How to Tell a Griever from a Griever

Apparently I'm not the only author with Grievers on the brain. Unbeknownst to me--at least while I was writing The Grievers--fantasy author James Dashner was creating his own Grievers, a race of slug-like creatures with metal appendages that appear in... Continue Reading →

A Kind of Jesus Figure

Here's another passage I had to cut from The Grievers when I changed Charley's job from being a teacher to being a human dollar sign. Of course, I probably would have cut this passage regardless. I think it's a little... Continue Reading →

Monty Python on Novel Writing…

This is one of my favorite Monty Python sketches. I always think about it whenever I sit down to write. Click here to read the script! PS: Happy birthday, Mom!

The Teaching Assistant

Here's another passage that didn't make the cut because it was a little too close to my own life. I also wasn't entirely enamored with the use of "you" in this one. It struck me as if the narrator were... Continue Reading →

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