My Kind of Place to Write

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npVellnR6D8 Before the Coronavirus struck, I used to love to go to coffee shops or diners and write with a decent pen into a spiral notebook. I have a few dozens of these on my library shelves, where I would come up with an idea while out running errands and then go buy a notebook … Continue reading My Kind of Place to Write

Update: Lycanthrope

I just now reached 40, 246 words on Lycanthrope. According to my scan of publishers on Duotrope, 40,000 words is the minimal word count that almost all publishers will consider a novel. My best estimate currently is that I will need another 20,000 words to complete Lycanthrope. I have been working on this since the … Continue reading Update: Lycanthrope

Ideas for Revamping the Website

I have been watching some YouTube videos today about how to sell books on Amazon. The speaker showed the Amazon pages of authors who sell lots of books. While he talked about keywords (which are important) I looked at the page layout, colors, and number of books listed, which were a lot for each other. … Continue reading Ideas for Revamping the Website

Another Trip Down Memory Lane Courtesy of the Internet

Last night's ego-surfing turned into a pilgrimage down Memory Lane. In addition to finding one of my old photos in a new webzine article and finding one of my old videos at The Bleeding Critic, I also found where I had commented on an article about a Tennessee Williams's one-act play in which I once … Continue reading Another Trip Down Memory Lane Courtesy of the Internet

Sensual vs. Sensuous

Here is a superb explanation from http://grammar.about.com/od/alightersideofwriting/a/sensualgloss.htm of the distinction between two words I still confuse (no matter how many times I watch the supermarket scene from Animal House).   Knowing the history of the two words helps.   I stumbled across this article  today while double-checking its usage for a story I am writing. After reading this it occurred to … Continue reading Sensual vs. Sensuous

Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu

Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu 1814-1873 Over lunch, I was reading the Wikipedia article on horror fiction and came across a reference to Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu, of whom I had never heard.   I went to the article and found out some interesting things (granted, Wikipedia is not the most respected source, but … Continue reading Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu

“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

Update October 24, 2020: Progress on Shadows and Stars

Over the last few days I have been working on Shadows and Stars. Currently, I am editing a scene where Mikash and Daryn go to a festival of ivory in the capitol city of Janhalo. As I am not familiar with sculpting ivory, I did a little research on it yesterday. Right now, I am … Continue reading Update October 24, 2020: Progress on Shadows and Stars

A Quick Updates for September 11, 2020: Publicity, Marketing, and My Novel

First of all, my heartfelt condolences go out to all the families who lost loved ones on 9/11. That tragedy and its consequences, both direct and indirect, changed the US and our society forever. We will be feeling the repercussions of that day for decades, if not generations, to come. It awoke us to the … Continue reading A Quick Updates for September 11, 2020: Publicity, Marketing, and My Novel

Update of September 8, 2020, 12:01 a.m.

I have managed to get some critical progress done on Shadows and Stars today.  I have a few major plot holes in my first draft. My goal over the weekend was to fill them and add a significant amount of words (though still keeping the work concise) to the text. I forget what I did Friday … Continue reading Update of September 8, 2020, 12:01 a.m.

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

Update of September 5: “The Interrogation of General Tsak” and the Search for Reviewers Continues

I have spent a long time writing a short story entitled "The Interrogation of General Tsak" and I finished it today. I can take a quick breather before I get back to Shadows and Stars. This is the story of a self-centered Air Force colonel who is interrogating a captured,princiled alien general after a failed … Continue reading Update of September 5: “The Interrogation of General Tsak” and the Search for Reviewers Continues

The Saturday Night Special: “The Last Kiss” by Maurice Level

The Last Kiss by Maurice Level (1912) The Project Gutenberg E-Text This eBook is made available at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg of Australia License which may be viewed online at http://gutenberg.net.au/licence.html   "Forgive me...Forgive … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Last Kiss” by Maurice Level

From YouTube: John Steinbeck’s Rules of Writing

As I finish up Shadows and Stars, my sci-fi/adventure/horror novel/work in progress, the wisdom of Steinbeck's advice becomes increasingly powerful. I have been going through the exact same processes he describes here. Hearing these again for the umpteenth time (I am seen them before in various magazine articles and videos) but with having the experience of … Continue reading From YouTube: John Steinbeck’s Rules of Writing

From YouTube: Orson Welles Talks about Knowing Hemingway

I found this on YouTube earlier. This is a 1974 interview with Orson Welles in which he talks about being a close friend of Ernest Hemingway. It's amusing and for me, as a Hemingway aficionado, quite fascinating. I may start posting the YouTube videos I find most interesting or I may even develop a page … Continue reading From YouTube: Orson Welles Talks about Knowing Hemingway

Update of August 22: A New Edition of A Tale of Hell…to be Out in December

I recently published a new print edition of A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror to make the cover more appealing and to reduce the price. A few days ago, I had four works of micro/flash fiction accepted by Ezine 51. The next day, I took one of the rejected pieces, a drabble (i.e. … Continue reading Update of August 22: A New Edition of A Tale of Hell…to be Out in December

The Saturday Night Special: “The Masque of the Red Death” by E.A. Poe (1850)

THE "Red Death" had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avator and its seal — the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Masque of the Red Death” by E.A. Poe (1850)