Critique group be damned

July 26th, 2016|Comments Off on Critique group be damned

Once again I sit at Village Inn. Cooking grease fills the air. The air conditioner labors to extinguish the summer inferno. Condensation drips from the overhead grill and leaves its dark spots on the carpet. Plots and characters swirl adding their flavor to my plastic room.

Papers and a red pencil rest in front of me. Do I sample the disturbingly perfect onion rings or bend to the editing?

The writers critique group dominates my life. Her soul is my mistress and I hunger for her harshness. We all have this relationship with our mistress. Some laugh along […]

Lessons learned from a writers critique group

June 28th, 2016|2 Comments

victorian stange manI joined a writer’s critique group last fall. Hopefully my writing is better because of the experience. At least that’s what the other members are leading me to believe. This is a bit tongue-in-cheek because if everyone in the writers group is struggling to learn to write how can you trust someone’s opinion? I’m lucky, some of the members do write well. It is the ability to see the contrast between the different writers that adds value to everyone’s critiques.

Everyone has a different style or interest in the critiques they […]

Fellows of the Tower Chapter 1 – Lotus

May 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Fellows of the Tower Chapter 1 – Lotus

“Cain, get up here and bring your rifle.” Tomlin lowers his binoculars letting a tired look tighten his face.

Warm rain continues to beat the hemp canvas sails of the twin masted caravel, Lotus. She leans harder to starboard as the crew tightens her lines cutting a foamy lane through the swelling Gulf of Mexico. Sunlight breaks the edge of the summer thunderstorm with large black and gray clouds making a puffy wall of storm suspended against the emerald sky. Lotus fully loaded to her fifty ton capacity makes good speed across the water.

“On my way sir,” Cain responds.

“Has the San […]

Girls and Science Fiction

May 4th, 2016|3 Comments

spacegirlswithgunsGone are the days of pimpled faced boys playing Dungeons and Dragons. I am from the generation that was oppressed for my interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy. We hid our passion and played late at night. My gaming books were covered in paper grocery bags. This kept prying eyes from reading the titles on the school bus.

My emotions are mixed when I see all the young women in Cosplay or attending Sci Fi Conventions. Girls were few and far between in my day. One time at Necrnomicon, there was a girl. […]

Lotus and her armament

March 15th, 2016|Comments Off on Lotus and her armament

Caravel Lotus Fellows of the TowerCaravels were ships that explored the world. Old Portugal used them to traverse the Atlantic as early as the fifteen hundreds. After a few hundred years they went through several remodels providing more and more service such as light warships, cargo haulers, and world exploration. They were known for their ability to cut well into the wind, drawing little water and due to this short draw are prized by the Tower for their ability to travel up rivers and into shallow harbors.

The Lateen rig sails aid in […]