I have a really, really special treat for you all today:
Somehow, my novel, Black Star Renegades (and its sequel, We Are Mayhem, which was just released last week!), inspired Mike Chen—the amazing writer behind the wildly successful and amazingly good sci-fi novel Here and Now and Then (which is on sale for Kindle for only $2.99 until Sunday!)—to craft his own fan fiction. And let me tell you—it’s awesome. I’m actually apprehensive to share it because I’m a little jealous, that’s how good Mike is at writing in the world I created. Read More
Here we are—last call for 2018. And it has been…a year. A very full—arguably overstuffed— year.
I can pretty much trace the year in two very different, yet connected, narratives. The first narrative is the public one—what everyone saw. And that story was, truth be told, a great one. I have an abundance of things to be grateful for, and I am. With every fiber of my being, I am.
The year started off fast—really fast… Read More
Two of them, recently announced! In cast you missed it, here’s the news:
First up, I’m the new Battlestar Galactica writer! Starting this winter from Dynamite, I’m stepping in and writing a brand-new, canonical BSG story set between seasons 2 and 3 of the show (which means it’s during the Cylon occupation of New Caprica). My series features an entirely new cast of characters, as well as some returning favorites. I’m huge, huuuuuge BSG fan—I've watched the new series numerous times—so this is truly a dream come true. Find Battlestar Galactica: Twilight Command in stores this February—so say we all! Read More
I’ve been talking about this for months on social media, so I don’t think there’s much more I can say, other than this:
I’m holding a copy of a STAR WARS comic in my hands, and my last name is on the cover.
This is one of the happiest moments of my creative life.
Find Star Wars Adventures #14 in stores today, marking the start of my run. I hope you love reading it as much as I loved writing it.
And may the Force be with you : ) Read More
Well, it’s fall, which means…the same as every other season! Like summer and spring, etc., I’ll be heading into the wild for various events. My fall schedule is relatively light, but I will be traveling a bit; spring looks very heavy already, so maybe it’s best to cool things off for a bit.
Anyway, here’s where I’m going to be in the coming weeks: Read More
It has been quite awhile since I updated this site. And a lot has happened! I'm going to take it one thing at a time, and I'm going to do my very best to get back to updating regularly. I particularly want to get back to my posts on writing (I'm nearly through writing a piece on text vs. subtext).
For now, again, one thing at a time. Let's started in the Wasted Space corner of the Moreci-verse (is that a thing? I guess it is now).
First and foremost: Wasted Space is now an ongoing series! Originally slated for 10 issues… Read More
Hey all! Here's a little video I did, recapping the workshop I taught this past weekend at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest. Just a few thoughts and ideas on world-building in genre fiction--hope you enjoy!
IMPORTANT NOTE: For some reason, I can’t get the video on the front page of my website. Click on the post title, though, and you’ll be directed to where you can watch the video. Read More
Some of you may have seen the news from last week: Roche Limit is heading to TV via SyFy, with Fremantle (the producers of American Gods) and Heavy Metal producing. Which is great news! I, for one, couldn't be more excited. But, since the announcement, I've gotten a lot of questions about what this mean (and a lot of kind words as well—thank you for them all), so I figured I'd talk about this process a bit—kind of “how a bill becomes a law,” but repurposed as “how a comic becomes a TV show.” Read More
About three years ago, I found myself in a creative drought. For whatever reason, I couldn't get any of my ideas over the hump—the point in which an idea becomes a story (and, hopefully, a good one). Now, droughts happen for a number of reasons. Maybe you just don't have any unique, compelling ideas that drive you to build a story. Maybe you have a story, but you don't really know what it's about or how to tell it. The causes for why, creatively, things aren't click are numerous. And trust me, every single writer goes through droughts, and the troubling fact is that they can often lead to anxiety, doubt, and a whole mess of other bad things. So, the first thing I want to say is this:
If you're in a dry spell, don't panic. Read More
Today, I'm going to take a second to talk about WASTED SPACE, my new series coming from Vault Comics.
There's a few things: Read More
What a ride the past two weeks have been. What. A. Ride.
Over the past 17 days, I've visited and signed books at 15 bookstores; I've visited 3 cities, I've done 5 readings, made 2 television appearances, and I've seen Black Star Renegades go places I never thought possible--praise from Verge, Nerdist, Booklist, and people all over the world. It's crazy. That's the best word to describe it: Crazy. Read More
We're two weeks into BLACK STAR RENEGADES being out in the world, and it's been a wild ride. I've been traveling, I've signing at any book store that has copies, I've been interviewing with anyone who'll talk with me--in short, I'm doing everything I can, and then some, to promote this book. To let people know how much fun it is, and how they should read and, hopefully, fall in love with it.
And a good many people have, which is awesome. Here's a look at what some critics have had to say about my debut novel... Read More
I don’t consider myself to be a great writer.
Okay, so you’re probably thinking “oh, Mike’s just being humble, of course he’s a good writer, he has a book out after all.” Or you’re thinking “yeah, no shit you’re not a good writer.” If you’re the latter, why are you reading my blog anyway?! Read More
Some of you may know this, but I obsessively catalog all the entertainment I consume. I always have. Sometimes I remember to share, and this is one such year. So, here's a look at all the books I read in 2017--mostly for the first time, but there's some re-reads in there--in no particular order: Read More
When the credits smashed onto the screen and John William’s triumphant score filled the auditorium, I adored what I’d seen. Well, almost all of what I’d seen. I found The Last Jedi to be smart, bold, emotional, and fresh. I can write for hours on the film itself and why I love it so much. But, instead, I want to write about the aspect I didn’t enjoy so much, and it was a doozy:
The treatment of Luke Skywalker. Read More
A few weeks ago, I received an email from my book editor at St. Martin's, forwarding me a review from Kirkus. Now, let me say one thing before talking about Kirkus: I do not feel like a real author. Yes, I have a novel coming out. Yes, I've written a whole lot of comics in the past, and I continue to do so. But I feel like, any day, I can be outed as a fake, a fraud, a phony, and never be allowed to write another word again (and, should that day come, quite honestly I have no idea what I'd do with myself). Do all writers feel this way? Probably, to a degree. I can't say for certain--all I know is, deep down, I don't feel like I belong, and I'm just waiting to be ousted.
Read more... Read More
alk about long blog post titles. I think this one is a personal record!
A few things are going on in the BLACK STAR RENEGADES universe, so now that we've all been exhausted by the post title, let's get to it without delay! Read More
As most of you know, I'm a big horror fan. I wouldn't have written Curse, Hoax Hunters, Burning Fields, and other horror-fueled fiction if I wasn't. It's no surprise, then, that October is my favorite month and Halloween is my personal favorite holiday. And every year, I dedicate the month to watching horror movies (some new, some old favorites) and reading horror novels.
This year is especially exciting for me because, to be honest, my Halloween tradition has been on hiatus for about three years. Not for lack of love of the genre, but a different reason: Read More
This is an oldie post of mine, but I've been asked a lot lately about books on writing. So, here we go!
I don’t remember where I heard this great Somerset Maugham quote, but it has stuck around inside my head for years. It goes:
“I write when inspiration strikes. Thankfully, it strikes every morning at nine a.m. sharp.” Read More