(Silverdale, Washington; Feb. 11, 2021) – Writers have an opportunity to create stories and franchises which can thrive for decades, attracting a broad coalition of fans through innovative, exciting tales featuring innovative, exciting characters. Conversely, writers can turn their success into a disastrous recreation of the Hindenberg’s immolation by betraying their core philosophy, ignoring source … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – How to Kill Your Story 101, Part 3
(Silverdale, Washington; Feb. 4, 2021) – Careless writers can sink their entire franchise with all the subtly and grace of the Titanic smacking an iceberg if they betray their foundational philosophy, ignore source material, and spit in the face of established canon. This three-part series will examine each of those, with today’s focus being the … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – How to Kill Your Story 101, Part 2
(Silverdale, Washington; Jan. 28, 2021) – Building your audience and cementing their loyalty—while engaging new fans—is accomplished by creating a unique universe, developing engaging characters, and laying out a foundational philosophy for your world. Conversely, you can imitate the Hindenburg and destroy your entire fan base in a blast of fiery gore by betraying your … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – How to Kill Your Story 101, Part 1
Well, I took New Year's Day off. Albus, however, didn't. So, allow me to amuse you with the Eighth and Ninth Days of Christmas! For the Eighth Day of Christmas, Albus the Crab presents a very dapper Squishy the Octopus! Squishy, of course, has eight arms! Silverdale, Washington. (Nathanael Miller, 01 January 2021) For the … Continue reading Day 8 and 9: The Twelve Days of Albus!
Technical difficulties yesterday resulted in my failure to post Albus' Sixth Day of Christmas. I must apologize for the failure of my neurological synaptic action trigger alarm system (in other words, sorry--I just forgot!). So, as we get ready to close out 2020, allow me to present Albus' Sixth and Seventh Days of Christmas! For … Continue reading Day 6 and 7: The Twelve Days of Albus!
The Brothers are a prominent set of peaks in the Olympic Mountains. The south peak (on the left) rises to 6,842 feet above sea level while the north peak (on the right) rises to 6,650 feet. The peaks are 22 miles from where I live in Silverdale. The Brothers hold the distinction of being one … Continue reading SPECIAL EDITION!! Photo Finish–The Brothers Through the Year!
**Author's Note: This column was supposed to be published yesterday morning (Nov. 19), but human error delayed it by 24 hours. I uploaded and prepped everything, but forgot to hit the "publish" button. (Silverdale, Washington; Nov. 19, 2020) – I did something this past Monday I’ve never done before: I walked out of my counselor’s … Continue reading Mental Health: Stop Talking and Start LISTENING, for Crying out Loud!
(Silverdale, Washington; Nov. 12, 2020) – Writers must be able to handle critiques and criticism with a measure of grace, dignity, humility, and humor. Anyone who has ever picked up a pen has horror stories of that one person who openly reveled in trying to tear them down. These people exhibit a streak of cruelty … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – Critical Critiques
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(Silverdale, Washington; Oct. 29, 2020) – Today’s column was supposed to be about the minor success I’ve had with my first novel, Proud Lion, and my plans for book 2, The Norfolk Murders. Sadly, the tragic death of one of my shipmates from the real-life USS Ponce (LPD 15) upended my plans. I served with … Continue reading Mental Health: Another Shipmate has Fallen