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Writing Updates, Upcoming Events, and my Origins Schedule!

Signing:



So, the first and biggest thing I'd like to tell you about is the signing for Apollo's Daughters that is happening in Salt Lake City this weekend. If you're anywhere nearby, I'd love to see you come out for it.

Here is the Facebook event invite, but here are the most important details:

Apollo's Daughters, and it's companion anthology Athena's Daughters, strives to highlight the female protagonist in a collection of short speculative fiction, Apollo's Daughters being written by male authors. Signing and meet and greet begins at 6pm, with readings from Bryan and Jason Young beginning at 6:30pm. Both authors and artists will be available until 8:00pm.You may purchase Apollo's Daughters at Eborn Books day of or snag it on Amazon now.Eborn Books 254 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101Friday, May 29, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm It's incredibly important that you come out to readings and signings that authors do at bookstores. Not just me, but …

Updates!

Last week, I offered my schedule for CONduit (which is this weekend, come see me!) as well as a self-imposed deadline to finish the latest rewrite of The Aeronaut, which is–hopefully–my next book to see release.

Well, I'm happy to report that I finished it that night. I powered through the last few thousand words that needed to be written and revised everything that else that needed changing. I drastically re-wrote the ending, which was incredibly difficult for me to do. The ending that was written originally was a series of scenes that I had been dreaming of years before I ever even began to write the book. In fact, I wrote the first pieces of the book as I'd originally imagined it back in 2008 after percolating the story for a while even then.

It's something that's been very close to me. It's a personal story and it's important to me that I get it right. But the ending wasn't working. My original idea wasn't what the story morphed into. It's not w…

An Update and my CONduit 2015 Schedule

I will be appearing at the CONduit Science Fiction Convention held in Salt Lake City on from May 22-24. It's at the Hilton DoubleTree by the Salt Lake City Airport and I'll be there on panels all three days.
Here's my schedule:
FRIDAY:
4:00 (Zion Room) The Greatest Films Most Fans Have Never Seen SATURDAY:
12:00 (Arches Room) What We Know About Star Wars: The Force Awakens SUNDAY:
10:00 (Arches Room) Geek Journalism
12:00  (Arches Room) Star Wars: Canon Wars I've been working on quite a bit this week, too. I had a new column come out for Salt Lake City Weekly. It was about the charm of a single-topic convention, using Star Wars: Celebration as an example. The headline was "Out in Force."

I also had a new piece come out for the official Star Wars website, this time I examined the cinema influences Ben Hur had on Star Wars. You can read it here.

The most exciting release this week comes in the form of a short story I wrote ages ago called "Dust in the Wind.&q…

My revision process

Call me crazy, but I don't go back and revise a book manuscript until I've written an entirely new book.

Revision is the hardest part of the process for me, mainly, I think, because I get so married to what I've written. I find I can't really come back to a manuscript and give it the treatment it deserves until I've almost completely purged the thought process that brought it to me from my head. For me, that entails writing a new book.

For me, it's so much easier to approach an older manuscript with fresh eyes if your memory of it is fuzzy. You're able to look at it and find the things you wrote that took you by surprise. You can detach yourself and your ego from the piece and really see the problems, but also really see what works.

Besides that, the only thing that makes you a better writer is more writing and more reading. So if you go back and revise a previous book after you've written a new one and read a dozen more, you'll be much more aware o…