J C Steel, author

 Knives, spaceships, and dirty fighting – who says a mercenary cult can’t be fun?

Get Inspired: week 5

What they don't tell you about biometrics (Get Inspired, week 5) My boss was lying on the floor. Not a problem in and of itself; given the layers of security on this station, it should be reasonably...

‘The End’ smells good

The End smell The End. I'm so close to writing those words on the rough edit of Elemental Conflict that I'm pretty sure I can smell them. And dat smell is good. On the other hand, I...

Etymology excavation: “coming down the pike”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed...

Get inspired: week 1

I'm going to bite off more than I can chew, but I'm going to try and add a blog post each week in 2017. (Yeah, yeah...thanks for the cynicism, folks...). I figured I would sit down each week and try...

Cris and Clare Meyers, Galaxy of Authors

Cris and Clare Meyers Yes, we co-write with our spouse. No, we’re not crazy. And yes, the look on your face when we said that is probably the best part of saying it. Get the books! [tweetthis...

Etymology Excavation: “quixotic”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have...

Robert Lee Beers, Galaxy of Authors

Robert Lee Beers 'I haven't a clue.' Author website Amazon author page Goodreads Facebook Get the books! [tweetthis hidden_hashtags="#mystery #IARTG"...

Get inspired: week 8

Invocation error (Get Inspired, week 8) Error: you have cast an undefined invocation. "Told you the pentagram was too wiggly," Toluk muttered. I glared in his general direction. The damned neon...

Get Inspired: Week 3

Immortality doesn't mean you'll live forever...(Get Inspired, week 3) The peaches of immortality ripen only once in every three thousand years. If you find and eat one, you're guaranteed...

Writing, on Twitter (note the comma)

Twitter (and commas) 'Cause, yeah, commas do useful shit. So do asterisks, or as one of the people I've worked with unfortunately terms them: 'Those weird star things over the 8 key?' I could've...

Author website transition

… boldly going where no reader has gone before. Today officially marks the day when I change over all my various links and redirects to the cool, new, jcsteelauthor.com author website. Well, that's...

Get inspired: week 7

Valentine's colours (Get Inspired, week 7) I hate those pink and white balloons in the stores around Valentine's Day. They always remind me of blood on the snow. I was trying to run, but the snow...

Get inspired: week 11

Designated Dumbass (Get Inspired, week 11) Sometimes, alone and in the dark, you get a reminder that your instincts got on the crazy train a while before civilisation was really a thing. Right now,...

Iceland vacation – this rolling stone gathers moss

Iceland, 2016 For anyone who's been wondering why my social media feeds went unfed and my websites were empty to the whistling winds of time recently ...well, I was in Iceland, caving in lava tubes,...

What do they look like?

What do they look like? It's a basic question. What do your characters look like? You describe them often enough, but as the uproar that erupted when an actress of colour was cast to play Hermione...

Elemental Conflict: Prologue

Prologue Nightmares meant you’d survived. It was one of the first things they taught, in basic training; so early that it was one of the very few memories she’d kept from the months before...

Writing myths: slay the dragon

Writing Myths that need slaying I must write something other people will like and approve of. No. A thousand times no. As Oscar Wilde put it “You can always judge a man by the quality of his...

Nik Krasno, Galaxy of Authors

Nik Krasno 'Time to fill the glasses (... and then empty them)' Facebook LinkedIn Goodreads Amazon author page Get the books! [tweetthis hidden_hashtags="#thriller #IARTG"...

Author: implosion

Author implosion may be a little over-dramatic. A little. I didn't wake up next to anyone I didn't recognise, I didn't wind up in the drunk tank, and no one had to call emergency services. So why,...

Get Inspired: Week 3

Immortality doesn't mean you'll live forever...(Get Inspired, week 3) The peaches of immortality ripen only once in every three thousand years. If you find and eat one, you're guaranteed...

Self-publishing 101 – print-on-demand

Print-on-demand Hello authors. So, print-on-demand. Well, it's finally That Time - after months or years, you've written, revised, gathered your alpha and beta readers' input together, revised a bit...

Self-publishing 101 – eBook publishing part 1: Amazon KDP

So, how do I do it?? Hello authors. (I don't call 'em 'aspiring authors', because as far as I'm concerned if you write and you're researching self-publishing, you already are the real Slim Shady...

The innermost circle…the author’s desk

The Author's Desk The centre of the madness, the eye of the storm ... where the Cortii series is written, edited, and not infrequently sworn about. Almost out of shot to the right, there is a cat...

Etymology Excavation: “strong suit”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed...

Etymology Excavation: “quixotic”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have...

Cris and Clare Meyers, Galaxy of Authors

Cris and Clare Meyers Yes, we co-write with our spouse. No, we’re not crazy. And yes, the look on your face when we said that is probably the best part of saying it. Get the books! [tweetthis...

Weird happenings and a new genre

First off, to quote one of my favourite Terry Pratchett characters, 'I Aten't Dead.' But I promised weird happenings, and indeed there have been some, starting with Facebook deciding...

Writing, on Twitter (note the comma)

Twitter (and commas) 'Cause, yeah, commas do useful shit. So do asterisks, or as one of the people I've worked with unfortunately terms them: 'Those weird star things over the 8 key?' I could've...

Nik Krasno, Galaxy of Authors

Nik Krasno 'Time to fill the glasses (... and then empty them)' Facebook LinkedIn Goodreads Amazon author page Get the books! [tweetthis hidden_hashtags="#thriller #IARTG"...

Etymology excavation: “toe the line”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed...

Urban Fantasy

 When ‘Here be monsters’ doesn’t only mark the unknown…