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Author: August

My debut novel: Daugment

Did you obsess over Brian Jacques’ Redwall series and Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars tie-in novels? Do the names Clare Bell, Deborah Chester, and James Gurney ring a bell? Are there tattered Ray Bradbury and C.S. Lewis books on your shelves? Then I proudly present…your next read. Daugment is the (I’m so sorry) tail of Pitney Scolan, Pit for short, a brilliant military mind on the brink of retirement to his own private planet, where no…

The adventures of the Damn Shames

I’m one of those creepy writertypes who doesn’t really disguise the fact that she rips her characters straight from the pages of her friends’ proverbial books. Luckily for me, I’ve got pretty cool friends who then help me develop some of those characters until they’re just plain awesome to write about. That’s how the Damn Shames came about – I started with the idea of writing about my friends as a bunch of space pirates, and they…

The Scribblers’ Club

As part of my creative philosophy, I try to participate every year in at least one big generative project, at the end of which I have something to shop around or develop. (I’m also a masochistic writer.) A lot of years, that project is NaNoWriMo. In 2012 and 2013, my good friend Jill Corddry and I teamed up to crank out short stories on a regular basis (almost weekly, in 2012, and monthly in 2013). We…

15 ways to use random generators

I’m not going to sugar-coat it: I love random generators. I have since I was nine or ten and writing my first code – for a random generator. I made it make funny sentences. It was stupid and useless and amazing. Since then, I’ve used them as an integral part of my writing process. Writer’s block has no place in a world with random generators. You might use dice, a coin, or Seventh Sanctum’s academic magical…

(Always) under construction.

You’ve come looking for August! You’ve come to the right place. One minute I was just some punk kid running a writing-themed e-zine in 2002, and suddenly I’m in need of a “personal website” because people want to, like, “link” to me. What is this, 2003?! Anyway. You’re probably here because you know me, in which case you might want to check out my projects. If you came here trying to figure out who I am, I’ve…