Deep Work: Why a $2 kitchen timer was one of the best investments I made in my writing — Engen Books

•February 10, 2019 • Leave a Comment

In a recent post, I talked about flow and the effort it takes to achieve it. Today, I want to talk more about that, specifically about making your writing space “sacred” and creating a “closed-loop system,” particularly with regards to distractions, vis a vis your phone. In that post about flow, I discussed the pomodoro […]

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Otaku ’bout It: Why Horror Is Having a Moment — Engen Books

•December 15, 2018 • Leave a Comment

If you have any kind of feel for the zeitgeist then you’ve noticed that the horror genre is having quite the moment nowadays. There have always been successful horror movies like Paranormal Activity or Saw that spawn lucrative imitators, etc. but presently there are releases that are also enjoying heaps of critical praise like Get […]

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Podcast Interview: This Is Your Mixtape

•December 5, 2018 • Leave a Comment

I recently had a great chat with Michael Collins (not the Irish revolutionary) of This Is Your Mixtape, a podcast where guests pick five songs that impacted them throughout their life. You can check out the interview here. There’s lots of other great episodes to check out there as well. It’s also available on iTunes, Spotify, etc.


For my five songs I picked Scar Tissue – Red Hot Chili Peppers; The Decline – NoFX; All The Things You Are – Joe Pass; Sounds of Science – The Beastie Boys; Atlas, Rise! – Metallica

The main thread throughout the conversation started with me picking up guitar as an adolescent after I saw the music video for Scar Tissue and my growth as a musician and subsequent transition into being an author. This lead to topics like self-confidence, virtuosity vs artistry, recognizing when to give up on certain goals, and re-discovering things you liked when you were a kid as an adult.



Farm to Table: Worldbuilding vs Storytelling — Engen Books

•December 2, 2018 • Leave a Comment

I wrote about world building vs storytelling for the Engen blog. Check it out.

Last weekend I attended a panel on world building in genre fiction. There was a lot of interesting discussion, including one question a lot of genre writers grapple with constantly: When does world building stop? As in, when does world building become tedious exposition. After all, the reader doesn’t want an encyclopedic presentation of your […]

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Write Like No One’s Reading

•November 1, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Blog post I did for Engen about my biggest breakthrough as a writer

Deconstruction Junction: Fifty Tentacles of Cthulhu

•September 29, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Plato, Lovecraft, and BDSM. What does a predilection for sadomasochism have to do with a thirst for knowledge of the unknown? In this episode I explore the relationship between kinky sex and experimental physics in the movie FROM BEYOND by drawing on Plato.

Check it out here or on iTunes.


•September 23, 2018 • Leave a Comment

I’ve taken the leap and started a Patreon. I figure there’s no risk in starting one so I might as well give it a shot. As of right now I’m charging per podcast episode. There are $1 and $5 tiers. I’m in the process of brainstorming more tiers/rewards. Any feedback would be great. Check out my page here.