Reconnaissance on Roosevelt: Photos from a Writing Research Trip to Chicago

As I prepare to write the next section of my new novel, I’m finding myself needing to do quite a bit of additional location research. I mentioned the other day that I was in Chicago to get a better idea of the setting for this next part, and while I was down there I took quite a bunch of photos. My main character is going to be basically traveling from the Shedd Aquarium to the near west side of Chicago, via Roosevelt – on foot. I’d already spent some time on Google…

Challenges of Building a Believable Future Version of the Real World

Now that ‘A Confession’ is out, I’m back at work on my highly ambitious speculative sci-fi project that I’ve been working on off and on since 2008. The first draft, which is quite a ways from complete, is already longer than ‘A Confession’ and almost as long as ‘The Trouble With Being God’ – and it’s many levels more complex than either of those were. The reasons for the complexity are going to stay under wraps for now, but I can say that it’s a piece of cautionary speculative futurist…

New Instagram “Bookstagram” Account: MarkedBooks

I’ve been on Instragram for quite a while now, but never really got that into it until about six months ago when I finally started to understand the way it and the community works. Since then I’ve been a fairly active instagrammer (even if I only have about 150 followers) – but recently I was inspired to start a separate, themed, Instagram account. With all the beautiful photos I see people post of their books, I knew the world didn’t need another cover art Instagram / bookstagram account. So I…