Detroit 2020: The Soundtrack

You can follow the soundtrack for Detroit 2020 free on Spotify!


detroit2020coverNow that Detroit 2020 is officially out and a thing ( and available to purchase here ) it’s time to share with y’all some of the more fun/interesting behind the scenes info that probably only my mom will read.

Hi, Mom, I’m sorry the book has a giant dildo in it.

For my writing projects I like to create playlists that feel/encompass to me the world of the story.  It’s nerdy, weird, and artsy fartsy but it really does help me in a couple of really important ways.

1.) Whenever it’s writing time, I kick on the playlist.  I’m no neurologist, but I like to think there’s some sort of neural mapping that gets me in a good writing place, sort of like whenever ABC is played I boogie down with Pavlovian swagger.

2.) Whenever I get stuck and go on my try-not-to-be-stuck-anymore walks, I play the playlist. As I wander around…

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Why Horror Sequels Are Better Than Reboots


Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on MoviePilot.com

Hollywood is creatively bankrupt.

As a horror fan, I’ve watched franchise after beloved franchise be “rebooted” (I really dislike that buzzword) into generally hollow recreations in an attempt to cash in on nostalgia or draw younger audiences into a scene that they don’t have historical knowledge of. What is more upsetting to me than rehash after stale rehash being churned out, is that the energy and money put into these projects is diverting important resources away from one of this genres greatest strengths; sequels.

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Cliffhangers and When Not to Use Them


I was inspired to write this post after thinking on the frustrating Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead. I don’t want to move anywhere near spoiler territory, so you can look that up independently should you choose.

If you’re an aspiring author and decide you want to write a cliffhanger, I urge you to stop and think twice, even if you’re penning an adaptation of a Sly Stallone film.

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Avoiding Echoes in Your Writing


I’ve been reading a large volume of self-published books (mostly eBooks) lately, in an attempt to better myself as a writer. In case you haven’t heard it a thousand times yet, let me be one more voice in the crowd and say “reading makes you a better writer”.

That said, one of the most noticeable errors I keep running across is word repetition. My friend and fellow author Jeff Conolly refers to them as “echoes” (he uses hip author lingo) and they’re something I think all practicing authors need to be keenly aware of.

Echoes aren’t technically a grammatical error, but they are a matter of style that create redundancy and disrupt the flow of prose. Much like dialogue tags other than “said”, they tend to stick out like a sore thumb on the page and pull the reader out of the story to focus on the actual words themselves.

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On Classic Game Music


Editor’s Note – This editorial was originally posted on the now defunct gaming site Splitkick.com

Sound design has always been one of the most important parts of gaming to me.  Music and effects help immerse me in the experience nearly as much as the visuals.  Growing up as a child of the 80’s I was exposed to some of the most memorable game music.  The themes from Super Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Legend of Zelda are all iconic and instantly recognizable to gamers of that era. Even the simplistic “bloops” and “bleeps” of the Donkey Kong opener evoke images of jumping barrels and climbing ladders. So why isn’t there as much memorable game music anymore?

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