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I want MORE!

Janna over at Something She Wrote asked: Describe in one word* what you want your writing to be. My answer? More. Yes, I want more. I want more words, more action, more characters, more fights, more situations, more dialogue, more heartache, more war, more conflict, more solutions, more worlds, more universes, more, more, more…. I […]

And then there was Harry….

But the movie did not. After three days of trying I finally saw Half-Blood Prince. So how was it? The Good: The acting was top notch all around. Jessie Cave played the crazy obsessed girlfriend to the hilt, Rupert excelled as the comedic foil of the film (great Quiddich sequence showing Ron in full form […]

Status vs. Story: What kind of writer are you?

I stole the title from an article by Donald Maass (of Writing the Break Out Novel fame) in Writer’s Digest special edition (titled Novel Writing).  In the article he identifies two types of writers: Status Seekers are the type of writers that write for the fame, obsessed with the minutia of publishing and success. Storytellers […]

You Can’t Fight the Feeling

Nope, you can’t. And I don’t mean that loving feeling. I mean your gut, your instincts. Let me explain. A month or so back I announced the end of my editing process. All I had to do was type it up, write the query letter and off to join the ranks of published authors. Except […]

Until the Kindle Runs Out: Amazon Erases Orwell from Kindle

The Internet has changed the rules of ownership forever. I mean how much did you pay for those 347 songs in your iPod? Somewhere between 0-and zilch! Don’t B.S. me, I know it, you know it, everybody knows it. I’m not going to tell on you, OK? So chill. But what if you bought your […]

A Letter That Will Change The World

At least that what I am hoping for. And what is this letter that will do this? My query letter, of course. Mind you the world I am aiming to change is my own. Small target, I know. But still worth pursuing (in a totally selfish way). I written a few copies, but so far […]

Another Writer’s Meme

I got tagged by Amy to join another writer’s meme: What was the last thing you wrote? A couple of shorts for my Flash Fiction Friday posts. On the novel front I finished the first draft of my second novel, titled Sturm und Drang. Come August I go back to edit that monster. Was it […]

A Hook to Hang My Query On (Or Hang Myself With)

Like Ahab searching for the White Whale, my obsessive quest for the perfect hook has turned my mind into mush. I think that explains the picture above. I really don’t know. I spent the last couple of days writing possible hooks.  I have a few that are respectable (I think) but no way of knowing […]


Main Entry: re·deem Pronunciation: \ri-ˈdēm\ Function: transitive verb Etymology: Middle English redemen, from Anglo-French redemer, modification of Latin redimere, from re-, red- re- + emere to take, buy; akin to Lithuanian imti to take Date: 15th century 1 a: to buy back : repurchase b: to get or win back2: to free from what distresses […]