The Binge Writer

June 5, 2016

5 Tips to Help You Navigate the Christian Fiction Market

Christian fiction authors have to ponder what place they can hold in an ever-diminishing christian fiction market. The news is disheartening news for fiction authors in the CBA, but there’s a small light at the end of the tunnel. Publishers are still publishing Christian fiction—this isn’t the apocalypse. If you are a Christian fiction writer, here are 5 ways you can “roll with the punches”, and adjust […]
March 13, 2016

Jesus Eggs?

What part of the chocolate Easter bunny do you eat first? The National Confectioner’s Association reports that 76% of people eat the ears first. I tested my family—we are 100% “ear first” eaters. Easter is full of fun traditions such as chocolate Easter bunnies, egg hunts, and pastel colors. But for Christians, Easter should also be an important time of passing down the legacy of […]
January 13, 2016

Just 18 Winters

Six degrees isn’t too cold to go tubing. People always talk about summer as the most opportune time for spending time together outside with your children. While I don’t disagree, let’s not forget about winter, especially those of us who live north of the Mason-Dixon. Winter weather provides it own unique blend of family adventure opportunities, and nothing bonds a family better than freezing your […]
December 22, 2015

Happy “Early” New Year

Would you like to enjoy celebrating New Year’s Eve without the late night and cranky children? Well you can, especially if you have young children. A couple of years ago my wife and I decided to embrace YouTube to create a unique New Year’s Eve tradition. We streamed videos of New Year’s Eve celebrations from all over the world with our children. We did this […]
December 2, 2015

Never Cross a Tyrasor!

Tyrasor, a creature from my novel, The First Bondson. Thoughts?
November 25, 2015

Introducing Fenrick the First – The Gobbin King

Concept art for Fenrick the First, main character in my short story, Unwanted Father, and main character in The Gobbin King. What do you think?
November 18, 2015

Concept Art – Gobbins – The Gobbin King

Concept art for a race of Gobbins in my fantasy project, The Gobbin King. Thoughts?
November 14, 2015

Happy Trees – Guest Post

Check out my monthly regular column on www.just18summers.com. http://just18summers.com/happy-trees/    
November 11, 2015

Olvish Concept Art – Torn Kingdom

Concept art for Namshalla Flameharker and Qiol Flameharker from my fantasy novel, Torn Kingdom. Thoughts?
November 4, 2015

Work In Progress Concept Art – Torn Kingdom

Here is a work in progress concept image for one of the main characters in my fantasy novel, Torn Kingdom. Namshalla Flameharker, is an olvish royal from the Kingdom of Yanolia. What do you think?
June 15, 2017

“Smell” Writing: 5 Senses

I don’t know about you, but every time I smell cinnamon rolls in the oven, I am transported back to 1980’s. My thoughts drift to waking up on Sunday morning to the sweet smell of breakfast baking in the kitchen. My stomach growls. My mouth salivates, and I can almost hear my mother rustling the dishes. What a great memory from my childhood. Smell has […]
May 17, 2017

“Sight” Writing: 5 Senses

For the average writer, sight, is typically the easiest of the five senses to describe. Our world is filled with a menagerie of colors, people, plants, animals, buildings, and things. Each of those objects are finite and can be described visually, making sight easy to relate on paper. But describing the sense of sight doesn’t have to be bland. Take for instance, the picture below. […]
April 19, 2017

“Sound” Writing: 5 Senses

Great authors write using the five senses. They are masters of drawing their readers deeper into the world, scene, or setting of a story by embracing the intricacies and subtleties of the five senses. The senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and feel are available to almost all writers. Utilizing proper description of each of the five sense in your manuscript will greatly improve your […]
February 20, 2017

Platform vs. Writing Ability

As a literary agent, I routinely get asked which is more important platform or the quality of the writing? For writers who are looking to get published, this is an important question to debate. It may be the most important question. The correct answer is not as easy as it may seem. The winner of this important debate between platform and writing ability can change […]