When Real Life and Star Trek Intersect – Enhanced Vision Tech

Remember Geordi La Forge in Star Trek The Next Generation? Of course you do. Now his VISOR headset is real and it is helping the blind see.  Say What? Yes.  Read this. This is one of the more magical impacts of science fiction, when creators have the foresight to create something that improves lives.  In […]

RENEGADE PROFILES: Author Carol J. Marshall

Author Carol James Marshall JV: Who would play you in a movie? Is Predator a real answer, because that’s who I’d want to play me. It’s probably reverse as in I want to be Predator, but meh. JV: Day jobs before you starting writing fulltime? I worked for my local school district as an assistant […]

Writing is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

When I was getting in my daily wordcount for NaNoWriMo, I was often struck by how much writing felt like running.  At the early stage in both activities, MORE is just MORE.  So more words tended to just be good to get down, regardless of the quality.  Similarly, my running mileage.  More per week, other […]

So You Want A Plasma Rail Gun Of Your Very Own?

One of the very fun aspects of writing near future science fiction is researching the weaponry of the future.  It all started with my husband laughing at me because I used the term “raygun”. He was like, “Nobody says raygun, anymore.”  Ok.  So what do they say?  Apparently they say “Plasma” weapon.  So I look […]

The Story Grid Workshop with Shawn Coyne

People like me need structure.  Even if I did write my entire NaNoWriMo project by the seat of my pants, I like to know that the overall story spine is there, and that everything works.  Listening to the Story Grid podcast all year and working through the book, The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know […]

RENEGADE PROFILES: Author Barry J. Hutchison

Author Barry J. Hutchison JV: Barry, tell me who would play you in a movie? Easy. Adam West in his Batman days. Seriously, I wouldn’t even hold auditions, I’d just call him up and offer him the part. He’d have to learn to do a Scottish accent, but being arguably the greatest actor of his […]

Refill Your Creative Well – Read 200 Books This Year

200 Books? Sounds like a lot.  But you’ve probably come across those guru guys who say they read a book a day.  Between listening to audible books on 1.5 x speed and reading a few evenings a week, I read a fair bit.  But I’m not sure I come anywhere close to 200 a year. […]

It’s Monday – Just Keep Swimming

I had the flu. It knocked me out. I must have slept 15 hours on Saturday. Chills, fever, body ache. I was suffering. I was miserable. Then my fever broke, and I felt vaguely human again, utterly thrashed to be sure, but the horrible headache was gone. And just like that, it’s Monday. I’m behind […]

RENEGADE PROFILES: Author Julian St. Aubyn Green

JV: Julian, tell me who would play you in a movie? I don’t think I’ve ever done anything exciting enough to be in a movie. After enough booze, and on a good day, women tell me I look a bit like Karl Urban. I’ll choose him. JV: Good choice. Dayjobs before you went renegade? I […]

Using Dictation in Writing

As the old adage goes, “How do you eat an elephant?” One bite at a time. That’s how I have been looking at increasing writing speed.  When I read Andrew Mayne’s “How to Write a Novella in 24 Hours” I recognized that many of his tips were about chipping away at the volume of words […]