A Storyteller's Quest for Meaning

Examining life through the stories I love.

February 18, 2019

On this snowy President's Day, I thought I'd take a moment to share what's happening. I'm closing one chapter of my creative life and doubling down on the new one by reinventing my personal brand as a science fiction author Here's why...

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Daniel Priestley: http://www.keypersonofinfluence.com/author/daniel/

His books: https://www.amazon.com/Daniel-Priestley/e/B00699HDBA

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Cynthia Johnson: https://www.cynthialive.com/

They didn't pay or ask me to do this. I've just found their stuff really helpful and other might too. Priestley and Johnson have...

November 8, 2018

Boy, life has been busy. Now that I'm settling into my new at Votary Media, I am excited to announce that my new sci-fi/cyberpunk novel will be released on December 11. DoxaNoûs Media, my publisher, has graciously agreed to release the first few chapters as a free sample anyone can download. So, if you're interested in getting an early look at the this new novel, you can download this free PDF or ePub.

I started work on this novel some 14 years ago. Recently, I took on the challenge of doing a complete re-write where I fundamentally reinvented the main character. It was a lot of fun, and I feel...

June 10, 2018

I've been chipping away at reading through The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women. It's a fantastic volume and I can't recommend it enough. I've really been enjoying the stories selected by the editor. One of my favorite stories so far is "Spider the Artist" by Nnedi Okorafor. It really stood out to me as a unique story and an author offering up a very different experience of sci-fi. The futuristic African-set story really captured my imagination with it's mix of technology and domestic conflict.

So it was with great excitement that I discovered my library has Okorafor' trilogy of Afrofuturist...

May 14, 2018

I've been catching up on some books I've been meaning to get around to reading. That includes books by authors who have written books that have had a great influence on me. This past week I cranked through Michael Crichton's State of Fear. There are some spoilers ahead, but the book has been out a long time. Also, as the title of this post might suggest, I might just save you some time if you chose to read this post and not the book.

I posted the following on GoodReads.com.

As a long-time fan of Crichton, it’s pretty remarkable that I’m giving this book one star. Let me state immediately that...

April 6, 2018

Do we have a new sci-fi classic movie from Spielberg?

That's probably going to be hotly debated for quite a while, but Spielberg's adaptation of the novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One, feels like a blend of the more classic tone and adventure vibe of E.T. and the look of Minority Report. Cline's novel seems to have divided people, with passionate responses on either end of the spectrum. Maybe it's too nerdy and filled with too many geeky references, and ultimately follows what strikes many people as an unlikeable character. On the flip side, it's a love letter to video game nerds of my gen...

March 28, 2018

I have been encouraged by a few friends to check out more podcasts. I listen to a lot of audiobook, but I have not been as diligent about listening to podcasts. But now that I'm being more intentional about checking out podcasts I'm finding that there is some really great ones out there. So I thought I'd take a moment to just quickly give a shout out to three podcasts I recently have started listening to and that I'm really enjoying. As a lover of sci-fi short stories, it was a happy-dance-inducing moment when I came across these podcasts.

Lightspeed Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine is e...

February 10, 2018

As an artist, it can be pretty hard to know when to play it safe and when to take big risks. The whole artistic endeavor is fraught with risks and uncertainty. It can also be incredibly lonely. Non-artistically inclined friends and family may not always understand what drives an artist, what it's like to have that fire burning inside of you. They may not always understand the inherent challenges that come with the territory of creating art, the hours of solitude, the frequent zoning out with thoughts of the current project, the driving need to create something, express something, to share some...

January 26, 2018

A profound divide exists between you and me. It is so basic to our daily human existence that most of us never really acknowledge it. But all the same, it is very real. As inescapable as our ever present need to breathe to stay alive, this divide is part of what it means to be human. But more on that in a moment.


I have a favorite science-fiction short story by author Robert Reed. It is called “Coffins.” In this story, passengers aboard a spaceship carrying them to a far-off destination are placed into individual life support systems. These life support pods are referred to as coffins. They ar...

January 22, 2018

I've been doing some research for the second edition of my book, Short Films 2.0: Getting Noticed in the YouTube Age. One area that I'm particularly keen on expanding is the developing reality and complexities in the film festival circuit these days. The past 18 years have been marked by a lot of changes for film festivals and indie filmmakers, particularly filmmakers making short films.

The story of how Withoutabox (WAB) went from a genuinely revolutionizing tool for indie filmmakers to slowly becoming almost unanimously hated by festivals and filmmakers alike is a powerful illustration of how...

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