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 […]

Split movie

Let’s first address the elephant in the room: is M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie, Split, any good? Yes. Yes! And hell yes! The other question you might have is: is there a twist? No. There’s some cool surprises, but not the kind of killer twist audiences came to expect in Shyamalan’s breakout movies. After his […]

[photo credit Nate Grigg via Flickr Creative Commons] I’ve always had a weird relationship with Thank You. I say it all the time when someone gives me something or does something for me. I say it to cashiers and servers, and pretty much anyone who has to deal with customers all day long. And I say it […]