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Checking In

Hey all! Sorry it’s been so long since I last posted… Life, I tell ya. ;) First I was sick, then I was gone, then I was sick again, and now I’m trying to prepare Forged Steel for publication in mid-July (aiming for a July 17th release), so that has been eating up nearly every […]

A Different Kind of Fuzzy Logic.

A Different Kind of Fuzzy Logic.

In keeping with my theme of the five senses in writing and reading, I’m covering touch. Of course sight is the most common sense used in writing. And smell, whether good or bad, can be emotionally evocative. Hearing and taste have their place too but touch came to me from a game I played recently. One […]

Piffle and Other Funny Words

Piffle and Other Funny Words

Did you ever notice how some some words just sound ridiculous? Or how some people hate some words, despite the total legitimacy of the word. I’m not talking about irritating, non-words like irregardless and supposively, but genuine words. For example, I know a lot of people hate the word moist. It’s a real word. It […]

Alphabet Blogging: X is for…

Alphabet Blogging: X is for…

Xeroxed characters. Have you ever read a book and thought that every single one of the characters sounded and acted the same way and even seemed to have the same motivations? It’s almost like the author just copied one character several different times, gave them a different hair or eye color to distinguish, and set […]

Saving Old Stories

Saving Old Stories

My eleven-year-old mentioned last night that he was planning to throw away his story, “Once Upon An Alien,” of which he had written about seven chapters. Because he was going to write something new. Now, being the ADD-ish writer that I am, I totally understand how a new idea can trump an old one, and […]

Alphabet Blogging: W is for…

Alphabet Blogging: W is for…

Worldbuilding. You guys are lucky today…you don’t have to listen to me ramble on! :) Instead, I invited my friend L. N. Weldon, a master worldbuilder, to talk about it a bit. It’s a long post, but totally worth it. ~~~~~~~~~~ Worldbuilding. Worldbuilding. Worldbuilding. Worldbuilding. Worldbuilding. For a lot of us writers, the whole concept […]

Alphabet Blogging: V is for…

Alphabet Blogging: V is for…

The Vacant Stare. You know the one I’m talking about. That glazed-over, gazing-calmly-into-the-middle-distance look that writers get when they’re stuck or distracted. Depending on how close the deadline is, or how long the writer has been stuck, the Vacant Stare may or may not have an edge of unhinged panic to it. This can fall […]