Marathon Runner

Sprints vs. Marathons

August 23, 2017 dkeener 0

I’ve been in two writing groups for the last four years, both of which are open to new writers. At this point, I can’t tell you the number of times a new writer has arrived and said something like… “I’m writing a dystopian YA novel…” “I’m writing a werewolf urban […]

Mashup: Arya vs. Brienne

Monday Mashup: Arya vs. Brienne, with Light Sabers

August 21, 2017 dkeener 0

Sometimes the most interesting things come from mixing together two “ingredients” that might otherwise seem an unlikely combination. So, here’s the fight between Arya Stark and Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones…with light sabers. The entire scene is also available on YouTube. Search for it…you won’t be sorry.

Black Tide Rising - by John Ringo

I’m Reading…the Black Tide Rising Series

August 20, 2017 dkeener 0

Since I’m working on a zombie story of my own for Martin Wilsey’s upcoming anthology, Whispers of the Apoc, I’ve been reading a LOT of zombie fiction lately. In this case, I’ve just re-read the Black Tide Rising series by John Ringo. The premise is simple. There’s a zombie apocalypse […]

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

August 16, 2017 dkeener 0

I’ve been reading books on the craft and business of writing lately. One of the authors I’ve been reading is Susan Kaye Quinn, a successful, indie-published writer who creates YA fiction (and also writes a few craft-related books on the side). In particular, in her book, 10 Step Self-Publishing Boot […]

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

The Kindness of Strangers

August 6, 2017 dkeener 0

I’m at the Potbelly Sandwich Shop, where I’ve ordered a salad for myself, a sandwich for my wife and a few accessories. I get up to the cash register, they ring up my order and I reach into my back for my wallet…which isn’t there. I apologize, make my excuses […]

Signing Books

Writing Tips: Signing Books

July 19, 2017 dkeener 0

Shortly after you start publishing books, you learn that writers have another duty. When you appear at events, people want you to sign your books. More than that, they often want personalized dedications, often to a child or other loved one. Screech! Now, they paid for the book, so you […]

Fantastic Defenders

David Keener’s Writing Life

July 8, 2017 dkeener 0

I want to be able to post about my writing on Facebook. But I don’t want to be that guy who does nothing but spam his erstwhile friends and family. When faced with a dilemma, I look to other writers for solutions. Professional writers like Susan Kaye Quinn and others. […]

Hourlings Writing Group

Hourlings at Work

July 4, 2017 dkeener 0

In 2014, I became a charter member of the Loudoun Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers, a spin-off from a more general-focused writing group. With weekly meetings every Sunday morning, the group has been like bootcamp for the SF/Fantasy writers associated with the group, including myself. Participating on Meetup as the […]

Fantastic Defenders

I’m Always Amazed…

June 22, 2017 dkeener 0

I sold two books today. Personally, and unexpectedly. And this isn’t the first time. But I’m still always amazed when it happens. It’s gotten to the point that I just keep a box in my car with copies of each of the books I’ve published. This isn’t hard, since I’ve […]

Books for Sale

Book Signing in Manassas, VA

June 16, 2017 dkeener 0

Come see me and Martin Wilsey, my partner in crime, tomorrow at a book signing in Manassas, VA. It’s tomorrow, June 17th, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.