Oklahoma Salvage by Martin Wilsey

Have You Ever Wanted to be a Villain?

January 25, 2021 dkeener 0

Have you ever wanted to be a villain? Have you wondered what type of villain you’d be? Well, I don’t have to wonder…because fellow author Martin Wilsey has imagined it for me. He made me a bad guy in his short story, Oklahoma Salvage, about shenanigans happening at a spaceship […]

Hourlings Podcast E14: Tropes

Hourlings Podcast E14: Tropes (22m)

January 23, 2021 dkeener 0

Episode 14 of the Hourlings Podcast Project (22 minutes) is now available on YouTube. This episode’s topic is “Tropes,” in which our illustrious writers describe tropes, which are basically standard templates for characters or stories. Topics include good and bad tropes, ways to leverage tropes but still surprise readers, and […]

Start Enterprise Bridge

Virtual Vacation: Star Trek Enterprise

January 19, 2021 dkeener 0

For this week’s virtual vacation, I took a tour of NCC-1701, the Enterprise, under the command of Captain Kirk. This is a picture snapped by Yeoman Rand on the bridge. I’m standing in the back, in my blue science officer uniform, near the elevator. All right, if you insist. This […]

Sauron: Times Person of the Year

Monday Mashup: Times Person of the Year

January 18, 2021 dkeener 0

Found this on the InterWeb and it tickled my fancy. This is Sauron from The Lord of the Rings…on the cover of Times magazine as their selection for Person of the Year. Maybe I’m easily amused, but I thought this was funny.

An Unlikely Hero

Cover Reveal: An Unlikely Hero

January 17, 2021 dkeener 0

This is the new, rebranded, retitled cover for the novelette I originally published in 2017 as “The Good Book.” It’s a surprisingly fun and uplifting story about a man who thinks he has nothing left to live for until a Magic Book with a bad attitude changes his mind. Sales […]

Hourlings Podcast 13: Writing a Series

Hourlings Podcast E13: Writing a Series (26m)

January 16, 2021 dkeener 0

Episode 13 of the Hourlings Podcast Project (26 minutes) is now available on YouTube. This episode’s topic is “Writing a Series,” in which our awesome writers describe the ins and outs of open-ended series, trilogies, and “same universe, different characters” series. Also covered are some of the ramifications for series […]

Hourlings Writing Group

Introducing the Hourlings

January 12, 2021 dkeener 0

I’d like to introduce you to the Hourlings Writing Group. They’re a writing group in the Northern Virginia area which has been instrumental in my development as a writer. I’m one of the founding members of the group, from way back in 2013 when they were still called the Loudoun Science […]

Leaving L.A.

Inspiration: Burning L.A.

January 11, 2021 dkeener 0

This is a great image from the back of a departing yacht as a group of survivors leaves Los Angelos behind during a zombie apocalypse. Behind them, the city burns uncontrollably, caught between ravening hordes of zombies and an implacable military that still thinks they can win against them. From […]

Hourlings Podcast E12: Writing Action Scenes

Hourlings Podcast E12: Writing Action Scenes (17m)

January 9, 2021 dkeener 0

Episode 12 of the Hourlings Podcast Project (17 minutes) is now available on YouTube. This episode’s topic is “Writing Action Scenes,” in which our illustrious writers prescribe techniques for crafting effective action scenes, particularly fight scenes, that move the plot along while also revealing character. This episode features: Martin Wilsey […]

T-Rex in Action

Inspiration: T-Rex

January 6, 2021 dkeener 0

It’s been an awful day. Insurrectionists wreaked havoc in the capitol and the Confederate flag was raised in DC for the first time in the history of the United States. Time for some counter-programming: here’s a T-Rex trying to make a bed. If that doesn’t make you chuckle, I don’t […]