Credit where credit’s due

Hi, everyone.  Just a twitter-length post to thank Lindsey Clarke for giving me the idea to do themed posts with names that alliterate with the day in question (“Theme Music Monday,” “Writing Theory Thursday,” etc.).

I think it’s going to be a great motivational tool to help me post more regularly (and more frequently)..

So many thanks, Lindsey Clarke!  And the rest of you, go check out her blog, si vous plait.

New Year’s Resolution…

Holy carp, batman (no, that’s not a typo)!  Has it really been FOUR MONTHS since I posted last?

First, let me offer my sincerest apologies for that.  I can’t believe I let things slide that long.  I know that life got in the way, but a big part of my problem was a sort of crisis of conscience over Blood for Blood, and, indeed, the bulk of what I’d written so far.  You can see that in the previous posts, The Distance to Here, Stumble Inn, and No Innocent Use of Violence.

That crisis led me to “trunk” Blood for Blood (if you don’t know, to ‘trunk’ is to put a finished work away and neither publish it nor write sequels to it) indefinitely.

I’m happy to announce that I have un-trunked Blood for Blood, and have begun writing its sequel, Blood Guilt.  Given time and distance, I found that the problems and negative messages Blood for Blood had were only problematic if Blood for Blood was the last word.  As the clear beginning of a trilogy, its seeming nihilism and glorification of violence could be tempered, subverted, even deconstructed by the following books.

The irony is that Blood Guilt is, arguably, even darker than Blood for Blood.  But it serves as the pivotal second book, the turning point.  The third book, as yet untitled, will undoubtedly be the hardest to write.  To write a story of real change, without making it seem saccharine, anvilicious, or otherwise awful, will be challenging, to say the least.

I just hope I’m up to the task.

Well, with that bit of explanation out of the way, let me get to my two writing-related New Year’s Resolutions.

1) Because Consistency is King, I resolve to write at least 250 words every day.  I hope I’ll average a lot more, but I resolve to write at least 250, come hell or high water (as my Dad says).

2) Likewise, I resolve to write at least one blog entry per week here.  I apologize for my long absence to anybody who’s still reading this blog.   I resolve to not let it happen again.

Thanks, and happy 2012!



On the advice of Kristen Lamb’s We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media I have focused this blog on only one part of myself.  And that might have been the right decision from a business perspective, but it was the wrong move for me.  If this blog felt half-baked to you, or a little phony, that’s okay: it felt that way to me.  Lying by omission is still lying.

So here goes:  I’m a big, loud, goofy, enthusiastic nerd who sings badly and often, who loves technology, Shakespeare, cartoons, Arthuriana, C.S. Lewis and fairy tales.  I’m a two-meter teddy bear who wears his hair long because knights and musketeers did (and hasn’t actually said that out loud to anyone in person).  I’m a thinker, a writer, a dreamer, an academic, an idealist, and a Christian.

And while I’m being honest, Brent is my middle name.  Academic publishing demands my first name, and nobody wants to find a bunch of RPGNet columns or genre fiction blog entries when they’re Googling articles on technology integration.

So, from here on out, you’re going to see a lot more of me here, all sides.  The focus is still going to fiction, though I’ll meander from time to time.  If I decide to post recipes, video game reviews, or theological ramblings, I’ll set up another blog.  I hope you’ll like what you read, but I’m sure some of you won’t.  That’s okay.