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Three hundred. A good batting average in baseball. A perfect score in bowling. The number of Spartans taking on one million Persian invaders in the Battle of Thermopylae. The perfect number of onion rings to eat whilst bowling. But, most importantly that number has been the minimum weight I’ve been since high school. At my […]

A Quiet Place is perfect. There you go. End of review. Stop reading and go see it! What? You want more? Okay, if I have to convince you, read on. The movie begins ominously with a title card reading “Day 89” and we’re thrust into a very quiet scene of a family foraging for supplies. […]

Ravenous is one of one of those rarest of rare Netflix gems — a good zombie movie. Yet the things that make it stand out are also the things that show how far it falls short of greatness. This French Canadian film that won “Best Canadian Film” at the Toronto International Film Festival starts off […]

Day Six of NaNoWriMo and I’ve gotten a few emails/messages asking about my word count on the NaNoWriMo site. It was registering as zero up until the other day. I know I can be slow and/or procrastinator, but I have written more than zero days! Seems I was entering my word count incorrectly somehow. That […]

After six years of writing books for a living, I’m finally taking the plunge that is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as the cool kids call it. Basically, you write a 50,000 word (or more) novel in November and post regular word counts so other writers (and readers, if they’re so inclined) can follow […]

Generally speaking, video streaming services are hit and miss when it comes to horror movies. If it’s a good movie, you probably already saw it when it was in theaters or when you rented it. And what you usually have left are movies you’d find at a garage sale for .25 a pop, if said […]

Do you ever find yourself up late at night thinking about creative shit you want to do if only you had more time in the day? That’s me pretty much every night. Like most creatives, I’ve got more ideas than time to execute them all. I want to write a ton more books and series […]

In a recent email to Collective Inkwell readers I talked about my favorite book of all time, The Talisman (re-posted here). At the end of the email I asked readers what their favorite books of all time were and if there was a story behind why? I got some great responses back, including several books […]

This week I’d like to talk to you about my favorite book of all time — a book I haven’t re-read in more than thirty years. That book is The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub. I’m not going to spoil the book, don’t worry. And I’m going to talk less about the book than why […]

As with any job, sometimes writing has its good days. Other times, not so good days. One of the questions I most get from non-writers, and even some writers who have a hard time coming up with ideas they want to write about, is where do you get your ideas? But a story isn’t JUST […]