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Singular: Chapter Four

From the comfortable quiet of his bedroom, Milo watched as the archaic computer proceeded to turn on and then boot up, that familiar resuscitation sequence that brought machines to life. An aberrant squelch emanated from the tiny speaker inside. There was a problem.

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Singular: Chapter Three

“It’s definitely broken,” Milo said as he pushed his glasses back into place. Having suffered through another week of school, it was finally Saturday and he was back to more enjoyable pursuits.

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Singular: Chapter Two

The following Saturday, with the first week of school finally retreating into memory, Milo awoke to a very special day: his birthday. Having a birthday that fell around the start of school, Milo was used to it being overshadowed by one of a countless number of activities that fill the calendars of helpless school children, but this year was different.

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Singular: Chapter One

Milo trudged through the doors of Bright Futures #127, knowing that today marked the start of a whole new year of not fitting in. He tried to remind himself that the move was necessary, but he had a hard time processing a big change like this. It was hard enough entering a room with people he didn’t know, let alone a whole school, so he already knew that this was going to be next to impossible.

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Singular: Prologue

Marvin watched the rain slide down the windshield of his vintage VW bus, its gentle patter providing a cadence to his deep thoughts. Absentmindedly he twisted his beard with one hand, while the other gripped the timeworn ring of the steering wheel. It had been almost a week since Milo’s birthday and Marvin still regretted not telling him the truth. It was such a special day that he felt it would have been cruel to interrupt the festivities, but now he felt very alone without Milo by his side.

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The Launch of Singular

After an inordinate period of preparation, Singular has launched! It is incredibly exciting that this story which has been locked away in my brain for all these years can finally leap out and bounce around in yours, hopefully to entertain and inspire.

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Pinned on

How to Self-Publish a Novel in 2017

While putting the finishing touches on Singular, I thought it would be nice to capture all the steps required to self-publish a novel, so that any reader thinking of doing likewise, or myself in a year or two, has a ready guide for the process.

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The Writing Life

A collection of short writings organized by themes which eloquently describe some of the challenges of dealing with words all day long. Enjoyable.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Writing is simultaneously a delightful and agonizing experience. Anne captures this duality and provides perspective that only experience and hard-fought wisdom can procure. Plus, she's quite funny.

The First Draft

It may comes as no surprise, but every time I sat down to write an update about writing Singular, I decided to write Singular instead.

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How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy

Better late than never, right? I have read many Orson Scott Card books over the course of my life and have developed a deep and abiding appreciation for his work. Which made it all the more surprising that I had no idea that this book existed! A very valuable read for someone interested in writing genre, and for understanding the life and business of writing as a whole.

The Writer's Journey

An extensive elaboration on the Cambellian Heroes Journey as it relates to writing a story and being a writer. I enjoyed it, but it could have been heavily edited.

How Fiction Works

An academic's view of how fiction works, which, in a former life I was rather academic so I don't mind the name-dropping aspect of the book. Like Nabokov? You'll wish you did by the end of the book.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

From the perspective of a comparative mythologist (I made that up), Joseph Campbell links together the great stories of the world and finds commonality. It became the blueprint for many great stories of modern day.

Slaughterhouse Five

I had never read a book like this before. At once very meta -- it refers to itself regularly -- and from the perspective of an unreliable narrator, it was frankly mindbending. I think I liked it. Maybe?

Eats Shoots & Leaves

Amusing look into one person's life long relationship with grammar. It's fun, short, and perhaps you'll make sense of some grammar along the way. Although, I think it's just made me re-read everything I write like ten times.

On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft

A very motivating book for an aspiring writer, King lays out the tremendous path towards mastery that begins and ends at the same place, in the chair and writing relentlessly (although without adverbs and only with 'said's). Loved it.