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 4—Thematic Opposition

(Pensacola, Florida; Sept. 16, 2022,) – Killing it with the perfect villain is not an overly difficult challenge, but it does require one to ensure several factors are taken into account when building the character. This series has so far looked at two of the five things I believe make a great villain: characterization and … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – Killing it with the Perfect Villain, Part 4—Thematic Opposition

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

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 – 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

Coming soon! The Accidental Detective is Back!

Coming this August! The Accidental Detective is back! A brief excerpt from "And So It Begins," with much appreciation to J. Michael Straczynski, who himself created a modern classic! _____________ Shutting the Bat Phone, Shepherd laid it on the desk before sagging back to bed. Slipping his CPAP mask over his face and turning out … Continue reading Coming soon! The Accidental Detective is Back!