More Art, Plans for the Blog, Cameroon Voyage

I’ve been painting a good deal more than I have been writing, to my regret. But the writing is coming back to me, thanks to some writers groups I have been a part of or leading for years. The blog is going to have more musings, sharings, rants, and oddjob add-ons in general. A littleContinue reading “More Art, Plans for the Blog, Cameroon Voyage”

New Paintings, and I Got Interviewed!

Good morning everyone! I have a couple of new acrylic paintings to share. Sorry I haven’t gotten much writing done, but that’s changing this afternoon, God willing. There’s stories to be finished in them there hills. In other news, I got interviewed about my artwork by the New Falcon Herald, a local newspaper. The articleContinue reading “New Paintings, and I Got Interviewed!”

The First Six Paragraphs of My Book

I realized I’ve done a lot of talking about writing, and the writing writers who write about writing. Did I mention it involves writing? Well, that’s enough of that. Not writing in general. Just writing about writing. Let’s go back to storytelling! I’m resuming a journey back to the dragons and engraved swords, the buildingsContinue reading “The First Six Paragraphs of My Book”

Characters: Conflict vs. Suffering

Characters are the reason fiction exists. Or so I am told. And this means it is most important to ripen your characters until their stories satisfy the reader. If you focus on plot before character, you’ll get a cool summary of events, but it reads like a news story, and it will be virtually impossibleContinue reading “Characters: Conflict vs. Suffering”

Writing Suggestion: Fictional Gambling

Having trouble coming up with new ideas for a story? Here’s one possible solution: Gamble. But not for money. Almost certainly, the spinning roulette wheel is just going to be the accretion disk around a monetary black hole. The house always wins, and writers make little enough money as it is. So instead, gamble forContinue reading “Writing Suggestion: Fictional Gambling”

The Everwind Times: A Newspaper for Another World

Author and friend Janden Daniel Hale (a pen name for Dan Donche) has begun promoting his dark science fiction series Everwind in a lot of unique ways online. There are the posts on Facebook and the interviews a lot of authors do, but I like his unique style in using spoken word and graphic design to buildContinue reading “The Everwind Times: A Newspaper for Another World”

Fiction: Allosaurus Attack

Another brief fiction exercise. Forgive me for not posting for a while. This has been a very fast week. I hope you enjoy this, one of the writing prompts I did at a workshop last week. ————————————————— The man didn’t make a sound except for his annoyed grunt. He willed shivers away, despite the freezingContinue reading “Fiction: Allosaurus Attack”

Craziness, Quirkiness, and Storytelling

There seems to be a lot more craziness in speculative fiction with the self and independent publishers getting so much more attention. Craziness meaning “everything and the kitchen sink and Cthulhu and steampunk and superheroes and werewolves and…” all crammed into one novel. And honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about that. Don’t getContinue reading “Craziness, Quirkiness, and Storytelling”

K.M. Weiland on Climax and Character

K.M. Weiland is a novelist and blogger who has devoted tremendous effort and time to helping her fellow writers develop their own stories, especially through her site (on the blogroll to the right of this post), and through a series of helpful videos on Youtube. This video’s topic is especially relevant to me, because IContinue reading “K.M. Weiland on Climax and Character”

Skyrim’s Approach to Fantasy Storytelling

Just a quick post tonight. I found this interesting article on Mythic Scribes about how The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim fares as a fantasy story, if we judged it by the standards of a novel. All in all, it’s a thought-provoking piece on the different expectations and methods of various mediums for telling stories. I especiallyContinue reading “Skyrim’s Approach to Fantasy Storytelling”