Hourlings Podcast E11: Goals for 2021

Hourlings Podcast E11: Goals for 2021 (24m)

January 2, 2021 dkeener 0

Episode 11 of the Hourlings Podcast Project (24 minutes) is now available on YouTube. This episode’s topic is “Goals for 2021,” in which our distinguished writers dare to publicly reveal their writing goals (and maybe a few personal goals) for 2021. Of course, this means that we’ll have to have […]

Writing Killer Fight Scenes

Writing Killer Fight Scenes

January 1, 2021 dkeener 0

I ran this workshop at Capclave 2018, but somehow never found the chance to get the workshop published online. Well, it’s now available on Slideshare.net, plus I have it embedded above. Here’s my description for the workshop: Does your story come to a screeching halt every time there’s a fight […]

Black Market - Buyer Beware

New Release: Black Market

December 31, 2020 dkeener 0

Just in time for the new year, the Black Market anthology is available in ebook and trade paperback from Amazon (with hardcover to follow shortly). As you might expect from the title, each story has to feature a black market in some significant fashion. The tagline for the book is: […]

Footprints in the Snow

Ideation / Plotting Exercise

December 30, 2020 dkeener 0

People tend to think that writing is just, well, getting words down on paper. That’s true to an extent. As they, say, “If it ain’t on the page, then it ain’t on the stage.” Much of the time, though, there’s an awful lot of story development that happens well before […]

Hourlings Podcast E10: Writing on Vacation

Hourlings Podcast E10: Writing on Vacation (18m)

December 29, 2020 dkeener 0

Episode 10 of the Hourlings Podcast Project (18 minutes) is now available on YouTube. This episode’s topic is “Writing on Vacation,” in which our illustrious writers describe how they “get stuff done” on vacation while still having fun and not annoying their significant others. This episode features: Martin Wilsey (Moderator) […]

Wanna Play by Kathrin Federer

Inspiration: Wanna Play?

December 28, 2020 dkeener 0

I love this picture from Zurich-based artist Kathrin Federer. In this fanciful picture, a playful Tyrannosaurus Rex tries to play with a tiger on a snow-covered street in a city. As humorous as it is to see a T-Rex acting like a puppy, it’s also startling to see the size […]

Got an Idea?

Ideation Mashup Exercise

December 27, 2020 dkeener 0

One of the most common questions that writers get is “Where do you get your ideas?” For SF and Fantasy, there’s also something of a perception that you have to have that single perfect idea before you can craft a good story. Well, ideas are all over the place. You […]

Hourlings Podcast E9: Covers

Hourlings Podcast E9: Covers (36m)

December 25, 2020 dkeener 0

Episode 9 of the Hourlings Podcast Project (36 minutes) is now available on YouTube. This episode’s topic is “Covers,” in which our fantabulous authors detail all the trials and tribulations they’ve gone through to get the right covers for their indie-published books. This episode features: Martin Wilsey (Moderator) Jeffrey C. […]

Nakatomi Plaza

Nakatomi Plaza Hostage Situation

December 24, 2020 dkeener 0

I was sitting at the island in the kitchen with my laptop in front of me, checking Facebook updates on Christmas Eve when I came across the image above. I turned toward my wife, who was sitting at the kitchen table about twelve feet away and said, “Shots fired at […]

Black Market Anthology: Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: Black Market

December 23, 2020 dkeener 0

This is the cover reveal for the awesome wraparound cover of the Black Market anthology. This is the fifth anthology published by the Hourlings Writing Group, comprised of a passionate collection of SF and Fantasy writers in Northern Virginia. The theme of the anthology is, obviously, black markets. However, I […]