Dealing with Elitism

If you're thinking of leaping into the indie/self publishing world, today's post is for you. The Huffington Post article Self-Publishing: An Insult to the Written Word came up in a writing group I follow. I'm…

You’ve Got Nothing to Lose

Back at the beginning of 2013 when I published THE TRIP, I got in touch with Jose, a really cool guy who runs Final Boss Studio. Jose and a small and talented team are producing…

Room on the Boat

When I first started making movies, I felt like I wanted to work with everyone who answered a casting call. Over time I've gotten better about this. Don't get me wrong, telling someone no is…

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Presenting The Trip Trailer – Nov 2012

Today you're getting another out-of-sequence post with some cool stuff. This marks the fourth anniversary of the publication of my zombie novel, THE TRIP. In honor of that milestone I've decided to release an early…

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The Indie’s Social Marketing Toolkit

If you're considering going indie, you're going to need to have a social media strategy. I'm going to assume if you've gone far enough to think about releasing your content through Amazon, Createspace, Smashwords, Lulu,…

The Multitasking Fallacy

Writing is a process. We spend hours, months, days or sometimes years working on our art. It takes effort, it takes energy, and above all, it takes time. It's not easy, it's work. Many find…

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My Writing Toolset

I read a post on another writing blog a while back about how "friends don't let friends use Word." When I read that I cringed and felt like someone was drowning a kitten somewhere. I'm…

In the Dark is Out Of the Dark

I'm proud to announce the official public release of my animated short, In the Dark. The story follows three coeds spending a night in a haunted house, crossing paths with a masked killer. Can they…

When CrowdFunding Fails

You're a small time indie with limited resources. Through hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance, you've managed to squirrel some money away. However, you're still short of where you want to be. What do you do?…

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Dealing with Failure

The other day I logged onto Audible and saw the first comment on my audiobook, THE TRIP. Unfortunately it wasn't a good review. There were a few edits that despite my efforts slipped through. This…

Alien bathroom sign

How Alien?

Someone in a scifi writing group I follow posed the question why aliens in movies usually look mostly human. I think it's a good question and it presents a nice opportunity to do a deeper…

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There Will Be Others

When you get started doing anything, there are going to be times when things work out...and a lot of times when they don't. Failure can hurt, it's frustrating, and let's be honest, it sucks -…

You Are Not Crap

An actor friend of mine posted a graphic on Facebook this morning that hit home for me. The best way to describe it would be it's the artist's journey of self doubt. It went something…

Character design - Meghan from THE TRIP

Bring Forth The Zombies!

I've launched into an animated version of my zombie novel, THE TRIP. It's a lot of work tackling an animated feature - I couldn't do this without the help of a bunch of very talented…

Until It’s Time To Come Back

There's a filmmaking group I follow on Facebook that just posted a "this genre is dead" article from some big web site. I've been around long enough to understand the fallacy of this way of…

The Trip Audiobook – Lessons Learned

As I'm writing this I've just submitted an audiobook version of THE TRIP to ACX. In about a week or so I should know whether we made it through their QA process. I expect we…