Five Things I Learned Writing Revelations in Cold Iron

Revelations in Cold Iron spun out of Monica Valentinelli’s Make Art Not War Challenge. I had concerns about not just the 2016 US election but all sorts of things happening around the world, including the Brexit, the French elections, the German elections, the Syrian refugee situations, climate change, science denial, educations standards around the world……

State of Things: July 2017 in Review

We’re into the last few weeks of summer already. I feel like I spent most of the year waiting for it to get here, and now it’s almost over. Not fair! Yet life goes on. Here’s a summary of what’s going on with me, personally and professionally, at this moment in time. Manifesto of the…

State of Things: June 2017 in Review

How is it July already? That just went by too quickly! After tweaking the format for the State of Things last month, we now return to something akin to the format I used for the first part of the year. This monthly address, or report, or whatever you want to call it, will always be…

Berin’s Rules on Zealotry

As a general rule I do not discuss politics, current events, or things that fall under the broad yet somehow predictable category of “news” outside of my own home. While I do slip up occasionally, most of the time I think about what I say before I say it, question myself before I hit send,…

7 Day Setting Design: Day 7

Today I’m faced with a decision. Because I started the day ahead, I could have cut my writing time in half. 4 or 5 word sprints of 1,000 words will put me across the finish line in terms of hitting the word count goal. It would also free me up to do some other work.…