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Cupid Part 4 is Out Now!

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Cupid Part 4 is out now! Get in on AMAZON US, AMAZON UK, or ITUNES or BARNES and NOBLE! If you’re a serial reader and want a summary of parts 1-3 to refresh, read here!

A Summary of Cupid (Parts 1 through 3)

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For serial readers who want to refresh before Cupid part 4 comes out, I’ve put together a synopsis of the first 3 parts. It has most of the main plot points, though some details might be left out. CUPID SYNOPSIS   PART 1 Sofia lives in the Earth-launched space colony (tube) called Lutalica with her Continue Reading →

How I Got My Literary Agent


BOOKS ARE PORTALS In fourth grade, I was obsessed with R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps. I remember the pleasure of running my fingers across the raised lettering of the logo, imagining what creepy tale lay in store by studying the cover art. I loved breathing in the smell of freshly printed pages. Whenever I got a new Continue Reading →

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 →

CUPID (A New Dystopian Novel)

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  You live in a spinning tube of metal. Ash-mixed whips of air rise to Center Sky. Looking up, you think you see the soft green fields through the filth. The white lattice of wealth sprawled along the verdant curve of Bright Side. Families and love live there. The seats of power. But for you 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 →