True Creative Motivation

(This column is posted at and Steve’s Tumblr.  Find out more at my newsletter.) Motivation is critical to an artist.  Motivation is what drives you.  Motivation is about what you want to do and why you want to do it.  … Continue reading

A Writer’s Life: Cover Me III – Electric Fantasy

(This column is posted at and Steve’s Tumblr) Remember how I was practicing making book covers? How I was posting them on tumblr and elsewhere? I got my first “professional” assignment. Now this isn’t professional in the paid way, but … Continue reading

Geek As Citizen: History, Posterity, and Our Terrible Past Creations

Previously I had focused on the value of publishing and republishing our past works (mostly focusing on the written word), and on helping others publish their works. I consider this an excellent example of geek citizenship as we organize information … Continue reading

Every Hollywood Film Seems Alike? We May Have Found Writer Zero

The book Save The Cat seems to have had . . . undue influence on the writing process in Hollywood.  As in, most of it. It’s hard to argue with the thesis of this article (especially with the checklist right … Continue reading