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A Harry Potter Essay: Did Molly Know?

a. And when did she know it? b. Know what exactly? c. And who is Molly? That would be: a)When did she figure out that Ron had the hots for Hermione, b) that Ron had the “roaring beast” for Hermione and c) Molly is Ron mum. I’m talking of course about Harry Potter and everyone […]

Black Friday

Indeed. And no day reflects this evil like the darkest day of the year, Black Friday. Shopping malls turn to lands of desolation, lives are lost (literally) as warring factions set upon the dwindling resources of a forgotten age (bargains). The question is…. WHY! I mean what is it about this day that drives the […]

The Trunk Space in the Back of Your Head

What is the difference between a writer and someone who wants to write? As the story goes (and you can find a version of this story in any writer’s blog and/or magazine), the would be writer has a great idea for a book, which has simmered in the back of his/hers mind for years but […]

Third Novel Blues

Thank you kitty. Put it by the wall where the blood pools on the floor. KTHNKS. Yeah, writing my third book turned into a total wall banger. It shouldn’t be that way. After all I written two complete novels so far, it should get easier with experience, right? Yet, I had no great beginning, totally […]

November Rain

Yes, like the song. Moments ago thunder split the sky open, and no that was no allegory. It literally did. The thunder burst sounded like somebody dropped a bomb on me (another catchy tune by the way), then all hell broke loose (or in this case, heaven).  November is the rainy season here and when […]

Finding your character’s voice 10k words in.

Total non-sequitur pic. Now onto tonight’s post. Finding your characters voice. Major problem when the characters sound unauthentic. They sound bland, boring, unrealistic, or simply detached and uninterested. At least that is how the main character in my current WIP/NaNo sounded like, until today. I could not put a finger on what was bothering me […]

Ear Worm of the Week

Ear Worms (from the German phrase Ohrwurm) are those songs that weasel their way into your head like uninvited guests and then proceed to stink up the inside of your cranium by playing themselves there over. And over. And over. And over. They’re those songs that just get stuck in your head, and no amount […]

Another Friday Full of Writer’s Blogs and Resources

I have a fresh harvest of writer’s blogs for you today: A Blog, I Has One: My inspiration for sprucing my blog post with lolcats. Yes, I blame you Sassee B for introducing me to such sad blogging behavior. Check out her amusing posting and join her as she plows through NaNo, life and with […]

When you find the right song.

I said this a dozen times before. I write to music. Each story has its own soundtrack which helps me get into the “zone” when I’m writing. I write scenes around particular pieces of music. You can blame it on Mtv or Star Wars, but whether is an action packed sequence or a tender personal […]

Step by step.

Or not… I started NaNo yesterday and I’m already behind schedule. You can see the horrible results here. I will do it, it will get done, but dammit, I’m a slow poke when it comes to writing.  That’s why NaNo is so important. It is that swift kick in the butt I need to get […]