Hello Space Cadets, how’s everyone doing today?  Things over in the Handley Trenches are going well, still too early to tell how our campaign is going with The Sleeping Legion Series.  Today I decided to write about some advice I received when I first started getting more serious about my writing.  The advice was good enough, I decided to share with everyone else.  Hopefully you’ll find it worthwhile as well.


When I first started writing again I struggled to overcome the limitations of my TBI and perfect my craft.  I decided to be meticulous and sought out the assistance of various experts and have found several podcasts on writing to be extremely helpful.  First there is J.D. Sawyers “NaNoWriMo Every Month” podcast; I’ve found it to be chalk full of helpful advice.  It will soon be rebranded as the “The Every Day Novelist Podcast” but I left it as it is now so you’ll find it easier on the internet.  Dan’s helpful, funny and responds to individual questions on his podcast and through your email.  He has on occasion messaged people directly to be better able to assist them in their literary journeys.  There was also the podcast put out by Terry Mixon and Paul E. Cooley discussing writing and nerd fandom in a hilarious way, though maybe the kids should use their earmuffs.  I’ve found a few YouTube videographers who put out helpful content: Vivien Reis, Jenna Moreci, and Kim Chance.  All of them are great in their own right, but Jenna does tend to cuss a wee bit.  It doesn’t bother this old grunt, but I definitely don’t listen around my kids.  Kim comes off very kindergarten teacher-esq, but she is so cutely cheerful that she helps to pep you up when you’re down.  She’ll definitely help you remember why you wanted to be a writer in the first place.  And Vivien, well, she is just fun in a down to earth sort of way.  She definitely makes you wanna have a cup of coffee with her, so long as hers is caffeine-free… I know, right?  Ugh, that’s almost sinful!!  Sigh, if her writing is good we can forgive her though.


Anyway, that’s it for me at the moment.  Now I’ve got to get back to writing a scene for my novel.  It involves a battle where the Hardit mount one heck of a defense of the Hardit Incubation Station.  I can tell you, writing a battle scene, even a short one, can be exhausting!  It’s almost as if we were in the trenches with them.  To all ten of my imaginary readers, I promise I’ll keep it bloody and brutal!


I hope this was helpful, and if you have any recommendations for us, leave a comment and a link below and join the conversation.


Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry! 




 –> As usual, all images came from the Google’s “labeled for reuse” section or are owned by JR Handley.



  1. NaNoWriMo Every Month Podcast 
  2. The Dead Robots Society Podcast
  3. Vivien Reis YouTube videos
  4. Jenna Moreci YouTube videos
  5. Kim Chance YouTube videos


Kim Chance on Writing Dialog


One of my favorite YouTube book vloggers, Kim Chance, just posted a great video on how to write realistic dialog.  Couldn’t NOT share, as I’m struggling to write my own realistic dialog while keeping the plot and the story moving forward.  Since I know you’ll love her video, I will list everywhere she can be reached.

To Connect With Kim:


Searing for Critique Partners?


If you’re an aspiring writer, and searching for a way to make you work better than I suggest you find yourself a critique partner!!  This person helps you evaluate your manuscript for plot holes and other dastardly pitfalls which might make an otherwise good story arc unreadable.  They can be your friend and lifeline with the doldrums get you down and offer invaluable advice in your writing process.  If you are looking, aspiring author Kim Chance is hosting a post to help other writers connect.  I recommend you check it out, though her site isn’t hosted by WordPress so I’ve had to simply link to her page for you.  Hope this helps!