February 18, 2017

Research For the Fantasy Writer

As promised to all the great attendees at my class, here are the slides from my presentation! Thank you all again for coming -- I had a blast getting to talk about my favorite subject.

February 16, 2017

Free Ebook

I've been working on this for a quite bit! I wanted a way to thank everyone who joins my newsletter, and I've finally put together a trio of short stories, including "Golden Chaos", "A Veil of Leaves", and "The Temple's Posthole". I think they're three of my best, and I hope you enjoy. You can sign up for my newsletter in the box above.

January 24, 2017

Cookie Cutter Ravioli

More Instructables! This time, I've written up Cookie Cutter Ravioli, with lots of tips for cooking with kids. My son was the one who got us into pasta making, and we had a lot of fun creating this together.

January 21, 2017

LTUE 2017 Schedule!

LTUE is coming up! I absolutely love this conference -- it's full of so many amazing panels and classes for writers, and it's incredibly accessible (i.e., $5 for students, and still really cheap for everyone else).

I'll be carrying around postcards and some cool new bookplates, so feel free to ask me for book swag. Here's my schedule:

Thursday, 10:00am. Research for the Fantasy Writer (presentation).
Real-world research is a gold mine for fantasy writers. Research can spark an idea for an epic novel, give an author just the right detail, and sidestep glaring errors that will make sword aficionados (or any other kind of enthusiast) toss your book aside. Come learn from M. K. Hutchins how to dig into the research that will make your book shine. (Arches)

Friday, 9:00am. Ancient Technology (panel) 
Though they may not have used electricity, many ancient civilizations created ingenious technologies to build cities, make calendars, and travel the world. This will highlight some of those technologies. (Maple)

Friday, 4:00pm. Scarcity and Innovation (panel)
From 30-second ad spots to still suits: resource scarcity leads to unique challenges that call for specific answers. This panel will look at real and fictitious examples of innovation that is driven by scarcity. (Canyon)

Friday, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Book Signing! Seriously, it's a huge room of dozens and dozens of authors signing books. It's awesome. 

Saturday, 3:00pm. Culling the Classics: Fantasy
Classic fantasy books, new and old, everyone should read. (Maple)

December 29, 2016

2016 in Review

With 2016 coming to an end, I'm writing out goals for next year and looking back over what I've worked on this year. I had a number of stories appear in new formats -- Golden Chaos came out as audio fiction from Podcastle with a fantastic narration from Heath Miller. I'm over the moon to say that Podcastle has picked up a sequel to this story, entitled "The Chaos Village," which is from Rob's POV. It'll be out in 2017.

Poet-Scholars of the Necropolis saw print for the first time in the Myriad Lands anthology. And Genie from the Gym also got the audio treatment over at Far Fetched Fables, with Chris Lade narrating.

I also had four new short stories published. Of these, I'm most proud of Dragon Soap, out from
Fireside Magazine. Here's an excerpt:

Gran never did like it when I used the Winchester to deal with dragons -- so I went and did a damn fool thing and set out to hunt them in the dead of night. It wasn't hard to sneak by Gran. She snored twice as loud as she barked, which was saying something.

I clambered down the hill from out farm and into the swamp. A half-moon glowed above the trees, casting strange shadows over the curtains of moss and standing pools of water. It almost made the mud look like opals, but that didn't change the smell.

I had two stories out from Daily Science Fiction this year, Words of Creation and At the Museum of Holographic Art. Strange Horizons also released Dragon-Smoked Barbeque.

I had fun writing all of these. Some -- including the Rob stories -- started years ago. Others were sparked during soap-making experiments, barbeque excursions, time spent playing with my young children, Codex writing contests, Wikipedia rabbit holes, and other such noble pursuits. I hope you enjoy.

December 21, 2016

More Instructables

Back in May, I wrote up how to make a historical Aztec foaming chocolate drink, something I'd researched and experimented with and was very proud of. I put it up on Instructables, a DIY website with a vast pool of user-created knowledge. I wanted to throw my efforts as far into the internet as I could.

I like DIY, and I've since written a few more Instructables. Thankfully my picture-taking skills are improving. All three of these were featured Instructables, and the Churrasco Beef placed in the Meat Contest. Enjoy!

100% Whole Wheat Home-Ground Sandwich Bread, Rolls, and Focaccia

Brazilian BBQ Churrasco Beef

Whole Fire-Roasted Pineapple