Why We Need Books Now More Than Ever: Empathy and Reading

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You might not know it if you read the daily news, but there is a case to be made that human civilization is becoming less violent. Seeing the decrease in violence requires a macroscopic view of things. Steven Pinker has thankfully gathered up the research and made the argument in his well-researched tome The Better Angels Continue Reading →

A Post-Apocalyptic Writer in Chernobyl


I’d just gotten back to my Kiev apartment after exploring the nuclear ghost city of Chernobyl and Pripyat all day. I remember undressing and looking at my clothes and shoes in a pile, thinking, “I can’t possibly keep these can I?” After walking through all that radioactive dust? I read differing opinions online, late the Continue Reading →

A Vegan Writer’s Fuel

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Every writer can attest to the vacuum of space and time that we fall into when we zone out on a five thousand word writing spree. Sometimes it’s very easy to forget to eat. In my post-apocalyptic and dystopian novels, I try to ambiguate traditional notions of what we should eat. Specifically, to what degree Continue Reading →

Writing Consistently

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I have a friend who is toying with the idea of writing a novel. He is reading books about the craft. He’s even typed a few pages. The problem is, he admitted, there’s no time. Where and when do I find time for the daunting task of chipping away at a 60k word count? I Continue Reading →

The 3 Worst Parts of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

The 3 Worst Parts of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens I’ll start by saying I really enjoyed the movie. There’s nothing like getting what we expected—a return to the old formula, so much so that Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens obeys the same structure as A New Hope. What I would like to point Continue Reading →

WIPE Part 4, and Why I Won’t Publish Serially

Update: Since this post, I have started to publish serially again with Cupid. Thankfully I’ve been able to write a lot, and will be getting Cupid out in regular intervals while working toward the traditional publication of The Rain.   The serial publication model requires writing consistency above all other things, and that’s something I Continue Reading →

Publishing Again, Among Other Things

So it’s been a while. I haven’t been publishing or writing as regularly as I’d like. A lot of my time has been consumed making music actually (my other creative passion aside from drawing), some of which you can find here. Back in August, my consistency was to publish about once every 3 weeks. It Continue Reading →

How to Sell Books: A Cheatsheet

How to Sell Books: A Cheatsheet How did I go from fantasizing about selling my books, to releasing 6 novels and also creating a boxed set that raked in over 20k this past year? To collectively earning roughly 40k (over 61k including shared income from boxed set) over the last year in my spare time? Continue Reading →

Meet Wills and Maze: WIPE – Part 1 is Live!

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I would like to happily announce the launch of WIPE, a new post-apocalyptic story. Part 1 is now live in stores, and links are below. If you missed the last post that provided everything you need to know about WIPE before diving in, check it out here. AMAZON US | AMAZON UK | OTHER CHANNELS Continue Reading →

After The Rain Trilogy: Introducing WIPE

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There was an overwhelming response to the poll I set up at the end of The Rain Trilogy. Many of you asked for a new story in a new world with new characters, written in the same captivating style that The Rain was written. Now, that new journey is set to begin. (If you want Continue Reading →