Aug 022012
Night of Redemption blurb

First version of the blurb for my werewolf story. I’m hoping to have it out before October. Thoughts? OIL AND WATER He’s a werewolf. She’s a vampire hunter. He’s quick with a joke. She’s serious as a heart attack. When the two of them come together…love really bites. Night of Redemption, a cliched short story.

Jun 082012
Genre bias

“Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending. A Central Love Story: The main plot centers around two individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work. A writer can include as many subplots as he/she wants as long as the love story is [...]

Jun 062012
Thank you, Ray Bradbury

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” I admit to not reading any of Ray Bradbury’s works. I certainly know them and appreciate their greatness, but they’re a genre I don’t particularly care for. So, I [...]

May 302012
Story a week - May 29

You can see forever across a desert. The heat shimmers up from the ground in unending tan waves, broken by the occasional outcropping of rock or straight spear of a cactus. The sun hurts your eyes as you gaze upon the scrub and the sand. It’s too bright, with no clouds to break it’s assault [...]

May 252012
The voices in my head are crazy.

After fighting to hear the voices of my characters since we moved in February, I decided to sign up for Camp Nanowrimo with a vain (or so I thought) hope that something would jar loose. It’s succeeded in ways I hadn’t expected. I gave up on One Small Touch for this summer’s Nano. I don’t [...]

May 232012

Call me old, or out of touch, or whatever the latest slang is for people like me. It’s ok. I have kids, I’m used to it. But I just don’t get twitter. It all seems like a jumble of links to me. Read this article! This book is on sale! This picture is so funny! [...]

May 152012
Making your own book cover? You shouldn't.

In almost every poll of indie authors I’ve seen recently, covers are cited as the number one reason they are attracted to a book as a reader. And what I mean by that very convoluted sentence is this, readers look at a cover first when they are considering a purchase. It’s no surprise. A proper [...]