Some Rules

I'm in an uncomfortable spot many writers will recognize. I can see the thin spots in my plot and character development for Ferals & Blights, and in trying to strengthen those areas, I've found more weak points. This manuscript now feels like a house of cards. My job is to fix that, and today it … Continue reading Some Rules

S.E. Carson – writer & advocate

S.E. Carson is writing a fictionalized memoir of her journey battling an eating disorder who she has named Not-Alice. The story works on discovering who someone is without their disorder, finding the voice that's been buried, and learning to trust the sound of it. In Carson's own words: "I explore the incredibly complex and manipulative … Continue reading S.E. Carson – writer & advocate

Tough Love

After being paralyzed for months, and doing all the advice I give others, I finished the revision of the first chapter of Ferals & Blights tonight. Dissecting my behavior and feelings afterward, I'm able to say two things: Professional opinions help. I was afraid to revise the wrong thing, and getting John's feedback helped me … Continue reading Tough Love

January’s Quick Look

January lasted longer than usual this year, yes? I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling that way, or in my escape into the written word. Here is some of where I went: Books Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff - A sloppy book. You'll be … Continue reading January’s Quick Look

Indiana Jones: Part 4, [insert genius here]

The final part in my Patreon series on Raiders of the Lost Ark - Suspension of disbelief is a wonderful thing in movies. A magical tool that does not translate 1:1 in writing. Writing is more like table magic. The reader is breathing on your hands as you type, that's how close they are to … Continue reading Indiana Jones: Part 4, [insert genius here]

Marion Ravenwood

Part Three of my Patreon series on Raiders of the Lost Ark... I have to be honest. I crush on Marion just as much as Indy. They are both joys, but Marion is a subtle character profile compared to the rugged, determined, and focused leading Jones. You have to watch her. We first meet her … Continue reading Marion Ravenwood

Indiana Jones: Part Two

Continuing the series from my Patreon, here's Part Two. (A nod to Chuck Wendig's book Damn Fine Story for the but/therefore concept.) When I start a story, a scene, a whatever - I have to think about what's going to happen. Character Y wants something, BUT there's interference, and THEREFORE she has to deal with … Continue reading Indiana Jones: Part Two