Godzilla

Inspiration: Godzilla

March 2, 2018 dkeener 0

This is a shot from the movie Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards. I think this is a stunning scene that contrasts the human scale with the “monster scale” typically embodied in monster flicks. It emphasizes how dangerous the monster is, both from its respective size as well as the fact […]

Inspiration: Cat People

February 9, 2018 dkeener 0

This is an image of a strangely moving, recurring dream sequence from Cat People, the 1982 romantic horror movie starring Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell. The movie is about shapeshifters, specifically dangerous, black leopards. Irena Gallier is a young woman who keeps having a recurring dream about black leopards, eventually […]

Novelette

Novelette Series: Entertaining, Fast and Just Enough Plot

January 6, 2018 dkeener 1

I’ve written about this before, about how I’ve always liked novelettes and, sometimes, their slightly longer cousin, the novella. The annual Hugo Awards for SF classify novelettes as stories between 7501 – 17,500 words (roughly 30 to 70 pages in a mass market paperback). Novellas run from 17,501 to 40,000 […]

Fantastic Defenders

Fantastic Defenders: Tuning a Cover

January 1, 2018 dkeener 0

When we launched “Fantastic Defenders,” the first volume of our new Worlds Enough anthology series, we were never quite as happy with the cover as we’d hoped. The issue wasn’t with the cover art, which we thought was both excellent and well worth the money we’d paid (that’s how you […]

A Typical Meeting

Meetup: Yet Another Disappointing Update

December 19, 2017 dkeener 0

I’m a member of a writing group that uses Meetup to promote our group and organize our meetings. I have come to the general conclusion that the folks at Meetup are totally clueless about the business they’re in. Despite the fact that people are paying to promote and manage their […]

Zombie Apocalypse

Inspiration: Worst Cities in a Zombie Apocalypse

December 15, 2017 dkeener 0

If you’ve ever worried about which cities would be the worst to be in when a zombie apocalypse starts, well, here’s an infographic that ranks the worst cities in the United States. Not unexpectedly, New York tops the list (which just happens to be where I’ve set my upcoming zombie […]

Chessiecon 2017

Chessiecon 2017

November 27, 2017 dkeener 0

I went to Chessicon again this year, which is a small, regional convention held in Timonium, MD. As per usual over this holiday weekend, I could only free up my schedule for one day, so I attended on Saturday. I had an excellent day, and here are the sessions and […]

Justice League

Justice League: Surprisingly Watchable

November 21, 2017 dkeener 0

My brother dragged me to see Justice League, the new DC superhero movie, last Thursday for its early premiere. Technically, it’s the fifth movie in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), DC’s answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Of course, Marvel has had 17 successful movies compared to DC’s five […]

Olympus Mons and Arizona

Inspiration: Olympus Mons and Arizona

November 17, 2017 dkeener 0

Our inspiration this week is the long-dead volcano on Mars, Olympus Mons. As you can see in the accompanying image, the mountain is literally as big as the entire state of Arizona. It has a height of 13.6 miles (or 22 kilometers or 72,000 feet, take your pick). In short, […]

Profile: Guerra ("War")

Profile: Guerra

November 14, 2017 dkeener 0

Guerra is the wildcard in my upcoming novella, “Rise or Die,” the sequel to my novella “Clash by Night.” He’s a seventeen-year-old warlord in conflict-ravaged Brazil, forged in the crucible of deadly asymmetric warfare since he was four years old. He’s got more bonafide combat hours than most soldiers ever […]