Slattery Trivia for the Day: Hotel Room Photo

<a title="Phil Slattery, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons" href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bed_in_hotel.JPG"> I was doing some ego-surfing on the Internet last night, when I came across the photo above, which I took some years ago. I posted it to Wikimedia and now I occasionally run across it in an ad or article for a hotel. In … Continue reading Slattery Trivia for the Day: Hotel Room Photo

“The Terror” from the Wen Fu

Here is an interesting section/stanza from the ancient Chinese work Wen Fu (The Art of Writing).  It is entitled "The Terror". I worry that my ink well will run dry, that right words cannot be found ; I want to respond to the moment's inspiration. I work with what is given ; that which passes … Continue reading “The Terror” from the Wen Fu

Cinefix on Dialogue; My Thoughts on Movies as Part of the Storytelling Art

  Cinefx's focus is, naturally, on movies vs. writing. However, I have seen this video at least three to four times and it is one of the best analyses of what dialogue is. Watching this for the first time was enlightening. I learn a lot about how to write from studying movies. After all, movies … Continue reading Cinefix on Dialogue; My Thoughts on Movies as Part of the Storytelling Art

Increasing your Story’s Tension

I found the following five tips from Inkandquills.com posted on Facebook: Don't let your characters have what they want. Ask how you can make your character's situation worse. Build flaws and conflict into your setting/story. Create conflict between your characters. Increase the consequences of failure for the hero.  

New Prose Poetry: “I am Assaulted.” by Larry Thacker

In constant struggle with some barely met demon-god’s angels, just over my shoulders, along the path of my spine, hovering near my ears, observing every thought, watching my faulty movements, keeping time on a watch I hear ticking but have yet to find hidden among my debris. Counting breaths. Whispering their dreaded counting of days. … Continue reading New Prose Poetry: “I am Assaulted.” by Larry Thacker

The Saturday Night Special: “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” by E.A. Poe (1845)

OF course I shall not pretend to consider it any matter for wonder, that the extraordinary case of M. Valdemar has excited discussion. It would have been a miracle had it not — especially under the circumstances. Through the desire of all parties concerned, to keep the affair from the public, at least for the … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” by E.A. Poe (1845)

Quick Survey: Fascinating Characters

Today I have been contemplating several things including what makes for a fascinating character in a story.   To me, it is the same as what would make for a fascinating person that I meet in my day-to-day life.  I thought about this for a while and decided that what makes a person fascinating for me is … Continue reading Quick Survey: Fascinating Characters