Giving a Protagonist a Hidden Motivation

Giving a Protagonist a Hidden Motivation


Recently I have been in the middle of writing the first installment of a new series entitled The Five Rims.  The first book is titled The Last Terran, and my protagonist is definitely out of the ordinary. Guillermo March is a former security officer with the C’Tuulian Planetary Police Force, the only Terran to work for them, … Continue reading

Off the Grid: Recharge Your Creativity

Off the Grid: Recharge Your Creativity


I’ve been away from social media and blogging for about three days.  I needed a break.  I’m in the middle of writing the first book in a series to be released in June entitled The Last Terran and I had hit a creative bump in the road. Sure I have the entire thing plotted out, have created … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Ghostbustin’ the Remakes

New Podcast Up: Ghostbustin’ the Remakes


On this special episode of Fanboys on Fiction, our special guest host is Austin Young, maker of props and expert on all things Ghostbusters. Austin built the original incarnation of our prop replica proton packs for our Ghostbusters costumes (screen accurate we might add). Austin and Roger discuss the future of Ghostbusters and Roger interjects … Continue reading

3 Reasons Why Ron Swanson Is a Transcendentalist

3 Reasons Why Ron Swanson Is a Transcendentalist


Every year about this time in my American Literature classes we get on the topic of transcendentalism, namely the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.  This leads us to reading comparative essays by Wendell Berry.  This also invariably causes students who are fans of the NBC hit show Parks and Recreation to draw the conclusion … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Our 50th Episode!

New Podcast Up: Our 50th Episode!


On our fiftieth podcast (and we can’t believe we have made it this far) we talk about fan fiction. What are the legalities of writing stories about our favorite pop culture heroes? Can you really get in trouble for it? We also discuss the upcoming series finales and series that we can’t wait to see … Continue reading

Originality vs Execution: Which Is More Important?

Originality vs Execution: Which Is More Important?


Recently there was a lawsuit filed by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne against Sam Smith and his producers for the song “Stay With Me”.  They claimed that if sped up, the song sounds exactly like their 80’s hit “Won’t Back Down”.  The video below illustrates this very well: I have mentioned before on this blog … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Time Enough for Batman

New Podcast Up: Time Enough for Batman


On this episode we discuss one of the most important techniques in fiction writing: passage of time. We discuss the many ways that writers can relate the passage of time in their novels so that they are not dragging down the narrative with unnecessary prose. We also discuss an incident that happened in my life … Continue reading