Impostor syndrome and my first panel.

Picture this. You’re in the middle of a crowd. Everyone is showering you with accolades about how awesome you are, and they are so impressed with your achievements. You smile and shake hands, and graciously accept all the praise. Meanwhile, on the inside, one thought is going through your head. “What if they all find out I’m a fraud?” You didn’t deceive anyone. You actually did all the things they think you did. You put in the work. You took the risks, and in the end, they payed off, but people don’t understand that those achievements don’t make you all that great. As soon as they realize that, they’ll get angry and declare you to be a fake. This is unofficially called impostor syndrome. I had never really had a...

Kurnugi Progress

Once again, it’s been far longer than I intended between posts. A lot has happened in the past few months. First, progress is happening on the Kurnugi front. Delphi is set to be released at the end of May. Mirror has been submitted, though the title will probably change. I’m about halfway through the first draft of Mimir. The cover for Delphi is below. I just got back from Superstars Writing Seminar. As usual it was immensely valuable. I had dinner with Mark Leslie Lefebvre, the director of Kobo Writing Life and may have some exciting things coming as a result of that. Additionally, Windspoken has been submitted to HarperCollins, and Alacia, now titled The Frozen Prophet, has been submitted to Desert Books.   Also, you may remember that a year...

NaNoWriMo

Next month is NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 words entirely in the month of November. Now, you may ask, “What’s the point?” It’s a fair question. After all, if one truly wants to be a writer, there is only one requirement. You must write. If you want to be a professional writer, well that’s a different animal altogether, but the first step remains the same, and since you can write at any point during they year, why wait until November to do so? The answer is you shouldn’t. Then, why am I excited about the upcoming month? I’m glad you asked. Over the past year, I’ve written several short stories, rewritten three novels, outlined two others, and done assorted other writerly tasks....

Superstar Writing Seminar 2012 and current projects

I just got back from the Superstart Writing Seminar in Las Vegas, a yearly seminar held by Kevin J Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, David Farland, Brandon Sanderson, and Eric Flit.  This year, James Owens and Dean Wesley Smith were also there.  As always, this seminar was immeasurably valuable.  It is a must for anyone who wants to be a professional writer.  Not only do they cover things like copyright law, networking, and contract negotiation, but you also get to spend time with New York Times best selling authors.  Just as important, they get to know you. Events like this are the reason I get to have dinner with Kevin J Anderson whenever he’s in town.  Highlights were when Brandon Sanderson helped me come up a pitch for two of my books, and the session on...