An excerpt from ‘Lionfish,’ coming next April from mystery writer Nathanael Miller!

The Accidental Detective is on the case, even though the Pacific Northwest can be a dangerous place! A brief excerpt from "Lionfish," the exciting new novel coming in April of 2023! __________________________________ “William, you have to call the police—!” Isaac found them spinning slightly as he managed to get the words out. Smith’s face exploded. … Continue reading An excerpt from ‘Lionfish,’ coming next April from mystery writer Nathanael Miller!

Sparks1524 Video – 100!

NEW VIDEO!!  This is IT!  The 100th episode of Sparks1524!  Take a moment to see how it all began, and then join me for a brief discussion about the future plans I and my crack staff of one (me!) have in store!  Let's celebrate this small, but significant, milestone! https://youtu.be/2QhHSaa1ltk #nathanaelmiller, #sparks1524, #video, #justmythoughts, #travellog, … Continue reading Sparks1524 Video – 100!

The Writer’s Craft – Killing it with the Perfect Villain, Part 7—Bonus!  Introductions

(Pensacola, Florida; Oct. 28, 2022,) – BONUS!  Score!  You’ve just stumbled on the bonus seventh part of my six-part series about slaying your audience with the perfect villain! We’ve discussed five factors you need to keep in mind when creating a villain: Characterization Motivations Thematic Opposition Credibility (the villain has to win once in a … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – Killing it with the Perfect Villain, Part 7—Bonus!  Introductions

The Writer’s Craft – Killing it with the Perfect Villain, Part 2—Characterization

(Pensacola, Florida; August 25, 2022,) – Killing it with the perfect villain is every fiction writer’s dream. All of us dabbling in the realm of fiction yearn to create a villain remembered in that rarified literary firmament along with Darth Vader, Thanos, Lady MacBeth, The White Witch, and the Joker.  Conceptualizing, creating, and crafting such … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – Killing it with the Perfect Villain, Part 2—Characterization

The Writer’s Craft – Killing it with the Perfect Villain, Part 1

(Pensacola, Florida; August 18, 2022,) – The literary axiom that a hero is only as good as his or her villains is true for a very solid reason. The fact is that your hero is only as good as the villains he or she confronts. The Batman is only but a cosplaying vigilante without the … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – Killing it with the Perfect Villain, Part 1

The Writer’s Craft – Stomping Out the Good Idea Fairy

(Pensacola, Florida; July 28, 2022,) – Writers face few challenges as personal and potentially problematic as the Good Idea Fairy prodding our friends to excitedly suggest ‘a great idea’ for our stories. This situation can be explosive for a number of reasons that have little to do with reason, and everything to do with emotion. … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – Stomping Out the Good Idea Fairy

Don’t Let Excitement Pass You By!

Don't let excitement pass you by! Follow the adventures of mystery writer Nathanael Miller's Accidental Detective! Partnering with NCIS Special Agent Abraham Gray, Isaac Shepherd pursues threats against the United States Navy! Available NOW in paperback and ebook format on Amazon. Pick up a copy today! #nathanaelmiller, #sparks1524, #accidentaldetective, #isaacshepherd, #abrahamgray, #mystery, #novel, #Navy, #murdermystery,

Enjoy a Mystery During Pride Month!

Isaac Shepherd might be gay, but he seeks justice for all against the scourge of murder! Follow the adventures of mystery writer Nathanael Miller's Accidental Detective! Partnering with NCIS Special Agent Abraham Gray, Isaac Shepherd pursues threats against the United States Navy! Available NOW in paperback and ebook format on Amazon. Pick up a copy today! #nathanaelmiller, #sparks1524, #accidentaldetective, … Continue reading Enjoy a Mystery During Pride Month!

The Writer’s Craft – Changing with the Times

(Pensacola, Florida; June 2, 2022,) – Characters must change with the times, or else they and their relationships become stagnant structures contemptuously consigned to the compost pile of failed creative ideas. However, as related to my recent column on Keeping Characters Consistent (https://sparks1524.com/2022/04/27/the-writers-craft-keeping-characters-consistent/), the challenge of ensuring your characters stay in character, even as they … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – Changing with the Times

The Writer’s Craft – Worldbuilding, Part 3: Organizing Original Organizations

(Pensacola, Florida; Mar. 15, 2022,) – Worldbuilding is an incredible unique opportunity allowing writers to turn fantasy into reality, bring new characters to life, and draw their readers into a land of adventure, excitement, romance, and danger. Developing your characters’ backstories is important, but it’s not something done in a vacuum of isolation.  Those characters … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – Worldbuilding, Part 3: Organizing Original Organizations