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Inscrutable Beings

How to Make Truly Alien Monsters

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Horror is in the Air

Build Tension Through Atmosphere & Mood Cosmic Horror offers a lot of fun opportunities to create tension through the use of atmosphere. Any genre can do this, and likely should create tension wherever the story calls for it, but cosmic horror has a unique kind of tension to build. Writing cosmic horror requires mastering this […]

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The Essential Elements of Cosmic Horror

Explore the essence of cosmic horror, what makes the genre so engaging and fun to read.

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Six Months of 2020

Dear Future Kevin, It’s been one of the wildest years of my life. One filled with contradictions, of personal successes and victories alongside an epidemic, protests, and the beginnings of what I hope is real change.  I launched a podcast, started blogging regularly (more or less), wrote and posted a ton of fiction, moved, and […]

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Project Log #3: Endings & Rejection

Asking for what I want has become the theme this week. Asking and not hiding it and not fearing a possible rejection. Rejection is an important part of life, it’s the primary tool used in editing. When you edit a piece, you reject the unessential and focus and sometimes expand on the essential. Life, I […]

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Project Log #2: Using Character to Build Plot

As I’ve continued to read Make a Scene by Jordan Rosenfeld, I’ve been developing my San Frantasy story into a novella. I really like the characters and the world, but the problem I’ve been running into is crafting a compelling narrative.  I had something really interesting, a murder mystery for the characters to solve, but […]

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Project Log #1

This is the first of a series of logs I am going to make about the development of a long-form project I am working on: A Paul Bunyan musical. I’ve written plenty of stuff for stage before, and a few songs, but never anything like a musical. I’ve actually tried to write this particular musical […]

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Why I Like Watching Cooking Shows

I adore cooking shows. They are my reality-tv sin, and I am more than willing to binge a season of Masterchef or Nailed It any time of day. I’m mesmerized by the struggle. I love the drama of trying something daring in order to create something beautiful and delicious. The Great British Baking Show is […]

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May Day!

It was only weeks ago that I learned that May Day was the original day International Worker’s Day. It started being recognized as such in Chicago after the Haymarket massacre, another fact I only learned a few weeks ago.  Educating myself on socialism has necessitated learning not only the theories behind it but the history […]

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The Big Question

I finally figured out what this blog is all about.  I had been approaching this as a way for me to record my great artistic oeuvres and to cement my place in history as a Great Thinker™. What a bore! This is to be a record of my artistic process. The process is what matters […]