5 Tips in the Science of Walking Silently
characters / Dawn of Humanity / Man vs Nature

5 Tips in the Science of Walking Silently

In my prehistoric fiction series, Man vs. Nature, quiet is important. My characters usually try to blend into nature, become invisible. I did a lot of research on how special forces and survivalists do that but also how animals–like elephants–can be so quiet despite moving quickly. Turns out, there’s a science to walking quietly. Most … Continue reading

How to Talk to a Geek
characters / humor

How to Talk to a Geek

There’s always been something mystically cerebral about people in technical professions like engineering, science, and mathematics. They talk animatedly about plate tectonics, debate the structure of atoms, even smile at the mention of calculus. Popular lore says they can drop a pin through a straw without touching the sides. Which isn’t true, of course. Here’s … Continue reading

Book Review: The Writer’s Body Lexicon
book reviews / characters

Book Review: The Writer’s Body Lexicon

I’ve devoured both of Kathy Steinemann’s pithy writer’s help books, The Writer’s Lexicon Vol. 1 and 2. I received her latest–The Writer’s Body Lexicon–as an ARC and it now occupies pride of place on my how-to-write virtual bookshelf. It covers descriptions and details about bodies and so much more. It’s available on Amazon tomorrow–June 30, … Continue reading