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Fun With Short Stories

Fun With Short Stories

One of my difficulties is getting back into the groove after a long writing layoff. Especially when that layoff occurs in the middle of the story. It’s difficult to leap back into the jumble of emotions which found their way onto the page when you’ve been separated from those specific emotions for a while. So, […]

Alain Harper’s “Kryptonite”

Alain Harper’s “Kryptonite”

Guest Blogger: John Wheeler Both of my co-authors, one of my most loyal readers recently, some part of my mind that pays attention to what other authors are doing—all have asked me some variant of the question, “What is Alain Harper’s ‘Kryptonite’?” (Actually, one of my co-authors—devious fellow that he is—has invented some pretty clever […]

Alphabet Blogging

Alphabet Blogging

Yeah, I know, I missed blogging…again…for several weeks… *sigh* It’s just so easy to do, you know? Monday rolls around, and I think, “Oh, I’ve got a couple of days…I don’t have an idea yet, so I’ll wait and see what happens…” And then somewhere on Tuesday, I completely forget that I have a blog […]

Character Spotlight: Alain Harper

Character Spotlight: Alain Harper

Guest Blogger: John Wheeler “Be on your guard,” Edward ordered those behind and beside him as he slowly rode forward, not to Sir Martin’s great pleasure. The man he approached wore a hooded cloak, pants, belt and boots all of charcoal gray and an ivory pullover shirt under it. A scabbard on his back, likewise […]

10 Questions and Answers About Alara’s Call

10 Questions and Answers About Alara’s Call

Over at her Zyearth blog, R.A. Meenan tagged everyone in our Facebook writers group in this Q&A game. So in the hopes that this will give you a slightly less controversial view of Alara’s Call than we had last time, here goes: 1. What is the title of your next book/work? Alara’s Call, book one […]

Character Spotlight: General Rariden

Character Spotlight: General Rariden

Alara sat next to Palon and filled three cups from the tall silver pot. She handed one to General Rariden. He cradled the china saucer in his brawny, weathered hand. Though retired and more than seventy years old, he was as robust as a man half that. Only thinning gray hair and a deeply lined […]

A New Habit

A New Habit

I think I’ve mentioned before that I like to hand write. I started out hand writing. The first draft of the first decent novel I wrote was handwritten. This year, I’ve found myself going back to handwriting more and more. Rather than turning to my iPhone writing app, like I have for the past couple […]