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Cecil Adkins creates worlds and characters for print and electronic media. His short stories have been published in the Allegory, Circle, DreamForge, and Inditer e-zines. He has also written nonfiction for Examiner.com and MMOSite.com, and was a Content Designer for Silverhelm Studios' upcoming superhero MMORPG, Valiance Online.
He writes about alien races and the dark side of humanity, about MMORPGs and Freethought, and about issues affecting the Huntington, WV area. In his day job, Cecil is the store manager of a major office supply store.
He lives in Huntington, WV, with his beautiful wife, Tiffany, and two children who are growing up entirely too quickly, Jakob and Jenna.
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I have a confession to make. Even though I've known Wynonna Earp creator Beau Smith for going on 20 years now, I've never actually read any of the comics featuring his badass Wyatt Earp descendant and her quest to rid the Earth of various supernatural threats. The main reason for this is my very sporadic comic book reading habits over the years; Wynonna and I just never crossed paths.
As much fun as I'm having watching the new SyFy series based on Beau's creation, however, I'm regretting never picking up her comics. The first episode, "Purgatory," did a great job of laying the groundwork for the series and establishing a backstory without feeling like an exposition dump.
With the second episode, "Keep the Home Fires Burning," however, the series really takes off. Each of the main characters, from Melanie Scrofano's Wynonna to Dominique Provost-Chalkley's Waverly and Shamier Anderson's Agent Dolls, gets plenty of screen time and some…
As someone who struggles to get words on the page every day, the above quote by Neil Gaiman has become one of my favorites. Just knowing a writer as great as Gaiman struggles sometimes too means a lot.
I've been listening to the Story Grid Podcast a lot lately, and one thing that keeps coming up, beyond all the great advice on story structure, is the need to just get words on the page, no matter how crappy they might be or how you feel on any given day.
My current problem is getting NEW words on the page each day. I seem to spend most of my time constantly revising parts of projects I'd started in the past and never finished. I just printed out 67 pages of a superhero novel that I had begun as part of a NaNoWriMo project years ago and, while I'm determined to finish it (I've even finished completely plotting it this time!), I still feel bad because so far I haven't actually written any new scenes for it.
Still, I'm emboldened by the fact that I DID write thos…