More Short Story Mullings (AKA Why I Don’t Like Them)

Yesterday I made a post about the fact that I’d like to try and learn how to write short stories more effectively.  A treasure trove of info was passed on (thanks y’all!) and I’m working on making my own little short story blueprint.  But anyway, in the comments, I mentioned that I don’t actually like […]

What’s Your Short Story Advice?

I find myself thinking about short stories lately.  I have thought since the very beginning of jumping in to self publishing that short stories are a nice way to introduce readers to a world.  And it’s something I did with Blindsight and evidently did pretty well, as I’ve had over 80,000 downloads that I’m aware of. […]

Finding Your Voice

No, I don’t mean your singing voice, although, hey, it’s the holidays–if you wanna sing Christmas carols, own it, baby! No, I’m talking about your writing voice. I’ve picked up a crapton of books this year, both print and audio, and put them down within a chapter or less.  Why? Because they had no voice. […]

Book Rec: 2k To 10K

So I am up to my eyeballs in grant writing at the evil day job, trying to get this out the door by Friday (EEK!) and don’t have time for a proper post, so instead I offer you a book recommendation. Rachal Aaron first came to my attention through her blog post of the same […]

Consider The Source

I’ve been thinking about my Mirus series a lot lately, particularly as I am currently managing to juggle dual projects–DOTH as primary and a secondary project that is a Mirus novella about some totally new characters.  I know that will make Mirus fans mucho happy.  It feels good to revisit this world, and I have […]

The Dangers Of Writing What You Know

As writers we are all the time hearing the piece of advice “Write what you know.”  This has been variably interpreted as writing literally about your knowledge base (as in a profession, perhaps) or your emotional experiences.  And certainly having personal knowledge of these things can lend a veracity to your fiction that might not […]

Where’s The Line For Irredeemable?

A couple weeks ago, I saw that Ghosts of Girlfriends Past was coming on TV, so I set it to DVR for when we didn’t have anything else to watch.  That turned out to be last night.  We sat through maybe the first twenty minutes before turning it off and deleting it.  Why?  Because I didn’t see […]

Short Story Tools

So I’m about to be hitting the road for work today and I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head cut off all morning, so for today’s post I’m going to reproduce the fabulous Carradee’s comment on yesterday’s check-in post because it provides a lot of great things to think about when it […]

How NOT To Engage Your Audience

So over the weekend hubs and I watched the latest incarnation of The Three Musketeers.  We knew it had received poor reviews, but we admit we’re suckers for any adaptations (though the Disney version with Kiefer Sutherland, Oliver Platt, and crazy man Sheen wins every time–because there is no greater Richlieu than Tim Curry).  I […]

Trust Thyself

Writing is, at once, the most fun and exciting job and the hardest (no doubt plenty of people would say the same about parenthood).  You start out and you don’t know anything, so you’re happily splashing in the pond that is your work in progress, just basking in the joy of creation–and probably pantsing every […]