Legacy Now Available!

Not all magic is equal. Even hard work and determination is no match for skills passed on from generation to generation, each time being built upon and growing stronger. These old magic families have hoarded their secrets with every generation, using them to get ahead where they could – or leaving a mess for their progeny to deal with as soon as they have passed. Legacy delves into the people who have had the responsibility of generations passed down to them and how they use their family’s magic with the time they have left. This generation knows that eventually the End will eventually come for them and […]

Genetically Impaired

So I found an old document from 2006 for a serial I started working on, but never finished. It was a comic at one point1 and then I tried to go back in time and write the whole thing. Eventually, I abandoned the project, though I have thought about picking it back up from time to time. It’s interesting going through the original files and seeing what I was trying to do back then.2 Shattered glass and flying mortar were the last things he remembered seeing, the last things he felt embedded into his flesh and drawing out his blood at […]

Throwing the Plot Out

So you know how I love plots? There’s a secondary thing I have to mention about that. See, there comes a time when I’m writing that the plot, great as it is, doesn’t work anymore. The characters have become people rather than vague memories of people I knew once that I’ve placed into the story as stick figures to dance at my every whim. When that happens, events start to unfold differently and, a lot of the time, it means that the original plan no longer works. Then I throw out the plot. And that’s totally fine. ((For me, anyway)) By […]

January Update Vlog

January had been busy! And less productive than I’d like. The previous post explaining this! Syndicate Now Available White Noise on NetGalley

The Joys of Plotting

There’s an old question in the writing community that I think most of us have been asked at least once. Plotter or Pantser? Do you already know your story when you start writing, or do you write without a plan and let the story flow naturally and see where it goes? Pantsers do have more fun. I was a pantser originally and there’s a thrill and joy in just barreling through a story and seeing where it goes. You have a lot more opportunity to be surprised and invested in the story because you are seeing it unfold as you write. Every […]

The 2016 To Do List

NaNoWriMo is done! I managed to write two full novels, a bonus short, and worked out a few other things for next year during the month, so I’m pretty happy with myself. I also managed to cause myself quite a bit of wrist pain, but overall I’m pretty happy with things. It’s also December, which means that I have started coming up with my to do list for the new year. If you prefer, you can think of them as goals or resolutions, but for me, it’s really a checklist of stuff I want to get done next year. And, as usual, […]

Of Pseudonyms and a Sudden Influx of Titles

There once was a man named Lyle S Tanner. In April of 2012, he put out his first short story and started really working on his series, Tales from the Twisted Eden Sector. It is a short story series that he put a lot of time and effort into, putting out books twice a year and hoping to finish the series in April of 2016 with a total of six collections and a tie-in novella. If you read the title of this blog post, you’ll see where I’m going with this. Back when I was first deciding how to go about […]

The Science in After Destiny: Underground Plants

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t use a lot of science in my stories. When I do use it, I tend to pick and choose between various elements and skim over the rest, usually to keep the text from dragging like crazy while I’m writing. I might have been great at math and science while I was in school, but even I found most of the classes pretty dull.1 That means After Destiny doesn’t have much in the way of long explanations for some of the elements in it. It also means I definitely made some of the […]

But Which Darlings? – World Building Edition

By this point, I think everyone’s familiar with the Quiller-Couch1 advice of “Kill your darlings.” It doesn’t matter how much you love that passage or that word, you need to get rid of it to make your story better. Unless you have a good reason to keep something, you should probably cut it. I went through a very extensive high fantasy phase in my reading in high school,2 followed by a space-related science fiction one. If there’s one area where people like to throw this advice right out the window, it’s with world building in these two genres. In order […]

Notebook Tango

So I am a bit of a notebook hoarder. When I go to the bookstore, I always head to the notebooks section and I drool over the books for a good, long while. And then I try my hardest to come up with a reason to get a new one.1 And, of course, this means that I have a bunch of them on my shelf and it was a bit of a mess. It was time to clean them up, so I finally went through them all and got them together. First was getting them off the damn shelf to […]