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September 21, 2020

Here’s the cover for The Last Shadow, coming October 2020!

September 6, 2020

I mean, the premise of my second book has always been a little bit out there, but now I’ve finally released the book out into the wild, which is exciting. By which I mean I’m relieved. Getting this thing out there has been a long journey, because I wanted to do everything right, including the […]

August 20, 2020

Think about your favorite writers—the ones you return to time and time again—and I’ll bet you can identify certain thematic predilections they have. They return to certain concepts, even in stories that are otherwise very different from each other. Because they can’t help themselves. I’m no different, though it’s taken hindsight to make my pet-themes […]

August 18, 2020

I completed my second novel in 2018. So…where is it? The answer to that question is here at last, and a big part of it has to do with its cover. I didn’t want to release the book until it was as fun to look at as it was (I hope) to read. So I’m […]

July 3, 2020

Names can do more than identify the players on your stage. They can express traits about each person, and their own poetic rhythm that makes them sing beyond their syllables.

May 21, 2020

By the way, I thought it might be useful to put up a new page dedicated to tracking my progress across all of my work, past, present, and future. So I’ve introduced the “Projects” page. If ever you’re wondering 1) what the hell is J.D. Robinson working on? And 2) What is the purpose of […]

May 21, 2020

I mean, a big part of the reason has to do with blogs: no one blogs anymore. Except sometimes. But I think the main reason I haven’t done a lot of writing about pandemic life is because, as Madge always said, you’re soaking in it. (And if that just dated me, then let me be […]

March 1, 2020

It’s probably not too early to announce that my short story, Fruiting, will appear in the February 2021 anthology Twilight Tales. Fruiting tells story about a young woman working to put the pieces together after an accident on the family farm has rendered her nearly immobile. The answers she finds spell drastic changes not just […]

February 29, 2020

I find myself in a unique position, since I’ve never done a progress report. I could be comprehensive and talk about the successes I’ve had in learning to walk, to speak using various words, to write to words using a series of glyphs, etc. But for now maybe I’ll just focus on the latter. I […]

February 26, 2020

Okay, plotting isn’t pantsing. I know I just implied that plotting was pantsing way up there in the title. But what I really wanted to say is that I don’t think the distinction is as vast as the common wisdom would have us believe, and here’s why. Plotters pant(s?) their outlines. Admit it: you thought […]