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strong female characters

Strong Female Characters

Female characters are often labeled “strong” because there is an element to them that’s self aware they are doing things not stereotypically associated with being female. As much as they pretend to shrug off the “male gaze”, they’re actually just another version of it. Physically strong perhaps…but not well written.

The Importance of Finishing Stuff…No Matter What (Part Uno)

Finishing something is a milestone. Finishing something with true forethought and intention is a victory. Doing so, puts you at a different stage of your career and progress as an artist.

the razor book by J. Barton Mitchell

Announcing The Razor

A round about way of announcing what you probably already guessed…my new novel The Razor is finally coming out, and it will be published by Tor books in November. Help me celebrate something I never thought I’d see: a book with my name on it and that famous triangular logo at the bottom.

Why Books are Interactive

One version of good writing, is writing that trusts the reader to fill in the blanks themselves, to use their own imagination to help in the story telling process.

James Horner and the Giant Spring

I’m listening to my (sadly) out of print Vinyl edition of James Horner’s awesome score to BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, not only my favorite Roger Corman movie (a tough call to make, it’s like picking your favorite Robert E. Howard short, but come on: it’s a remake of THE MAGNIFICIENT SEVEN in space, itself a remake of SEVEN SAMURAI in the […]

Top Ten (More or Less) Obscure Alien Tales

MIDNIGHT CITY, book one of my science fiction series CONQUERED EARTH, is set on a near future Earth conquered by a powerful, technological alien race called the Assembly. For most of my life I’ve had a love affair with stories dealing with aliens and alien invasion, so I thought I would list of some of the more obscure ones you […]

Telltales’ THE WALKING DEAD Game and Downbeat Endings

MAJOR SPOILERS below. You’ve been warned… So, my recent completion of Telltale Games’ THE WALKING DEAD episodic, retro cool, point and click adventure spurred some interesting thoughts. This is a good thing, most games don’t spur much thought at all. One of the really neat things about the game is that at the end of each episode, it gives you […]

Cover Reveal: THE SEVERED TOWER

The cover for book two of my CONQUERED EARTH series, THE SEVERED TOWER, has been finalized. Tell me what you think…  

J.J. Abrams’ STAR WARS: It Could Go Either Way

Well, it took a STAR WARS announcement for me to dust off the old blog. As I’m sure you’ve heard, J. J. Abrams will be directing the next STAR WARS movie, EPISODE VII: (INSERT TITLE WITH EPIC SOUNDING WORDS HERE). I was originally pessimistic when it came to this announcement, but I’ve changed my tune somewhat. Don’t get me wrong, […]

Final Midnight City Artwork

It’s both exciting and sad to post illustrator/animator Evan Cagle’s last artwork from MIDNIGHT CITY. Exciting because it’s so awesome, but sad because I love seeing these images come in. Evan’s amazing talents have really helped bring the CONQUERED EARTH world to life. I think he saved the best for last. It’s a moment fairly early in the book, where […]