The Stories and Art of Michael J. Rigg

Welcome to my OFFICIAL Web site.  

Oh, I know there are other Michael Riggs out there: the rock star, the surgeon, the filmmaker, and the Czechoslovakian kite maker... but this is the official place to find out all you need to know about someone who isn't a rock star, surgeon or filmmaker. 

Can I interest you in a kite? 

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Welcome to the massive collection of nouns, adjectives and deliciously misplaced adverbs I call my writing projects.

Feel free to explore my worlds and make them your own. I enjoy writing fiction, though you'll also find my column work here, and a link to one of my favorite creative exercises.  

Now allow me to open the rich mahogany doors to my private library. Make yourself comfortable in my overstuffed arm chair. I'll be by presently with a snifter of brandy and a cigar (or, if you prefer, a flute of Zinfandel and a Cadbury truffle). 

Or a Coors Light and a corn dog... 



In 2013 I published the first novel in the Heart of Bronze Steampunk experience. You can find out more about the book on THE LATEST NEWS page, or check it out on Amazon.com here.



A "blognovel" is to novels what a test screening is to a movie producer.  

Put simply, it's a first draft novel published weekly on a blog template. I came up with the idea while writing a blog about something fascinating (like the size of the spider in my bathroom, I'm sure). I realized that you could back-fill the publish date on blog entries to make a "serialized" story that grew from week to week.

I also thought it would be cool to let readers choose the names of exotic locations, the appearance of secondary characters or even the fate of the bad guy. 

I currently have two blognovels "published" and copyrighted. One of them recently "came up" in the world and is now available as an e-book through Amazon.com


An Angel for Sara Dawn  is the story of a woman at the end of her life. Sara is lonely, living in the dark hole of a tragedy she was part of years ago. She wears her heart and feelings on her sleeve, and now it seems everyone in the small town of Haven would be happier if she'd just disappear... so she's ready to oblige them. Can an angel sent from God pull her back from the edge, or will he be the one to drive her over it? (NOTE: For the intrepid Web explorer, you'll find 'Sara Dawn's' original working title in the Wordpress link. The story was originally called Life in Heaven and half of the original plot was to take place in the Afterlife.)

August Winter  was written as a National Novel Writing Month (NaNo WriMo) experiment: Would I be able to write a 95,000-word novel without an outline, without characters, and with only a flimsy premise? The short answer is "Yes!" The premise? What if a coldblooded murderer stumbles out of the rain and into a small roadside psychic parlor at the exact moment the "psychic" who owns the parlor discovers that she really can read minds?


Transmedia Experiences

I want it to be more about novels and stories. I want it to be about contact, images, feeling and being part of something bigger. 

The Heart of Bronze Blognovel Clockwork Looking Glass moved up to published e-book in 2013. The coming years will find new stories, a podcast, art, and more!

Heart of Bronze  blends elements of Steampunk, Alternate History, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy and Romance into a thrilling adventure that bends reality.



Writer's Rule Number One: Write What You Know! 

My first professional column covers the art of Role-Playing in the BioWare Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game Star Wars: The Old Republic. Set in an era 3,000 years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, SWTOR allows players to create characters that can live and adventure as anything from a smuggler to a Jedi Knight, a bounty hunter, Imperial agent or even a Dark Lord of the Sith.  

((The RP XP with MJ))  - which translates to "The RolePlay Experience with MJ" - was my weekly column about the game with a focus on character building and storytelling. As gamer interest migrated to the next shiny MMO (a clue there that I too have high hopes for the Firefly MMO? We'll see), I decided to let the column wane. All the past entries are still there, so if you're a budding RPer, check it out.


Writing Exercises

Long before I dared to launch my own Web site, I dove into a series of silly little blogs. I'm sure some of them are still out there in the Blue Nowhere, but who wants to read about the size of the spider in my bathroom? Really. Here's one I kept because it's so much fun to come back to from time to time...  

The Book Bridging Blog was a blog worth keeping because it's so much fun to play with. If you're a struggling writer, a published author, or an avid reader who would love to write, but doesn''t know if you can, check out the BBB. It's a great way to exercise your latent (or buried) storytelling skills. I take two short excerpts from two different novels then "bridge" them by filling in the gap between them. I turn to the BBB every time I'm feeling a little Writer's Block coming on.