Book Review – The Hittite by Ben Bova

“War stories grow larger with each telling, and this one was already becoming overblown, scarcely an hour after it happened.” The Hittite opens on a soldier of the Hittite (Hatti) Empire, Lukka, returning home from a campaign in Armenia, only to find the once-mighty empire in disarray and his family kidnapped by slavers. Along with a few soldiers who have nowhere …

Wolf's Tail – Chapter Four…

…is now up! This one is really a teaser scene, but hopefully brought some more tension and character building to the mix. I’ve begun work on the next one which will definitely be longer and more complex. I hope that I can get it done by Friday but that will depend on other responsibilities… Again, thanks for your time and support! …

Wolf's Tail – Chapter Three…

…is now up! For some reason, I had a difficult time putting this scene together. My eyes are a bit crossed this morning from reading and editing over the weekend. 😉 As always, thank you for the support and feedback. You guys are the best! -Phillip

Wolf's Tail – Chapter Two…

…is now up! Appreciate your support and feedback if you’re interested. Don’t feel bad if you don’t get to it. I know reading time is a finite resource! -Phillip

Absence makes the heart…something, something.

As if I didn’t already feel like a negligent father to this blog, I’m just getting into editing Wolf’s Tail, the novel I wrote in late October. Yeah, that’s gonna be a time and energy suck. It’s daunting, but I’m trying to carve it up into edible pieces. I did my first complete readthrough the other night in order to see …

Book Review – The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction

Most writing books I’ve read can sit comfortably on a scale with Technical on one side and Inspirational on the other. James Thom’s The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction definitely leans toward the latter, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing if you know what you’re getting into. There are plenty of excellent craft books out there that will serve you …

I Poke Slow

As a fairly new writer, it would behoove me (sorry if I reminded you of an old boss with that phrase) to pick a topic for my novel that I’m intimately familiar with. That way, I could focus more on the actual craft of storytelling; more of an 80/20 split between writing and research. But I didn’t. Why not? I …