The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

The Saga of Sir Bushytail the Brave

This picture was the writing prompt from an earlier post, something I saw on the Book of Face with a caption which went something like this: You swerve to avoid … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · 3 Comments

Writing prompt: this epic armored squirrel

So a friend on Facebook posted this with a caption along these lines: You swerve to avoid a squirrel. Later, in your hour of greatest need, the same squirrel returns … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE proves that explosions are meh

As a huge fan of action movies, hear me now and believe me later in the week: the Era of Epic Explosions is over. Stick a fork it in. It’s … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · 2 Comments

CHARACTER ISSUES – A new column in Criminal Element

I love advice columns, especially when the questions are incredibly minor, quirky or insane. Across the pond, they call these advice columnists Agony Aunts, which is perfect. Dear Abby has … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

WIP It Good–September 1 to January 1

So I’ve written love letters to editors (The evil secret to ALL WRITING – editing is everything) and taken my red pen to the first page of many novels. Three … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · 3 Comments

8 reasons why blockbusters are meta-stories instead of Villain of the Week (Walking Dead, Star Wars, House of Cards, Breaking Bad, Harry Potter, Avengers, Game of Thrones)

Name something popular, anything at all, and chances are it’s a series instead of a One Hit Wonder. This is about why that is, despite a serious quality handicap, and … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Put your writing to the Screen Time Test

While we are all busy BLOGGING, instead of writing what we’re supposed to, I want to steal a concept from Hollywood (thanks, sis!) that all writers can use: Screen Time. This … Continue reading

May 5, 2015 · 1 Comment