August started with a bang. Hangin’ With Web Show did a great job interviewing me at the event. Great job, Sage and Garret
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Cold mud sucked at my rubber boots causing sticky splatters to cling to the legs of my jeans. The stink of decomposing plant matter and who knew what else drifted upward. The smell filled my mouth and ran down the back of my throat. I couldn’t believe people did this for fun. Gael persuaded me to go mudlarking with the locals, something about finding buried treasure deposited in the silt of the river. My vacation wasn’t going how I’d planned.
“Rye,” she said. “It’s fun, have an open mind, you never know what you’ll find.”
Malarkey. She […]
I took a foray into a group mixer I found on Meetup a few days ago. We gathered at CHEAP restaurant and spent the evening trading wild stories about our travels. The restaurant located in South Tampa is in an area I use to frequent many years ago. Back when we were all a little bit younger and on the prowl. I get ahead of myself; on the prowl is not the right word. We were unattached and trying to navigate the perils of meeting people. This was before the […]
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I was cleaning out the workshop and found this ray gun. I must have made it for a costume but can’t remember for what convention. It’s going in the box for one lucky winner. It’s a great costume prop for Cosplay, Steampunk, Dieselpunk or as a cool sci fi weapon. Join the Giveaway and enter your chance to win.
I’ve also included a stack of books with the Giveaway. I’ll ship the whole bundle to you free, shipping included. United States only.
Piles of books litter the floor of […]
Creating something new follows set patterns. The closer we get to completion, the less influence we have upon the original plan.
Creative writing is follows a path not always understood by the writer.
Potter at the wheel.
From centering to finished pot.
Form increases as options decereas;
Softness goes to hardness.
Everyday is precious, do not squander it. Tomorrow will come, so continually lay your foundation.
A writer’s words flow along with the mood of the day.
Clearing blue sky,
A promise in bare branches.
In winter, there are sunny days.
In adulthood, childhood can return.
I keep a digital recorder with me at all times. I have a good one where I dictate notes or blog articles for later conversation by Dragon text-to-speech, but in a pinch, I can use my smartphone.
Having the recorder paid dividends yesterday. I helped my sister deliver an art project she completed near downtown Tampa, Florida. When we arrived at the home, It turned out to have been owned by a local judge at the turn of the 20th century. The stories the new owners […]
I’m planning a road trip. The online educational classes release in early February, and I have three books in process of editing or writing. It’s going to be a great year, and with some luck, I will be in London and Edinburg over the summer researching the third Rye Ironstone book. Big teaser… Rye and Gael are helping the English version of Special Bureau One solve a most delicate issue. And we all know Rye is as subtle as a hammer. I won’t get too deep into the […]
I keep trying to improve the inner me—maybe I should remove the inner barriers and embrace the outer world.
Writers require inspiration. Wander about the world, freely.
Washing at dawn:
Rinse away dreams.
Protect the gods within,
and clarify the inner spirit.
A few days ago, I spent an afternoon with my critique group. We met at the local library, and spent three hours discussing the concept the point of view (POV). As we plunged into the topic, an interesting fact I knew about myself became known to the group. I have never written a novella, short story, or worked on a novel where I have given a scene to an antagonist. All of my writings to date are always around the protagonist.
They questioned me on this, and I wasn’t quite […]
This is the guide I created to help me edit. I keep track of my problem words and search them out with the intensity of a bloodhound. If you want it in an easily printable PDF, join the email newsletter and I’ll attach the PDF in the welcome email. It’s formatting is much better than this webpage.
The PDF contains the following heading: Useless Words, Special Punctuation and Lettering, Adverbs, Adjectives, Passive Sentences
These words do not add impact and are distracting. So, they are really vague and make […]
In the writer’s world of storytelling, we speak of how to use the five senses. Smell is a sense I try to incorporate into every story. Our noses have the ability to awaken lost memories, and transport us to locations far faster than any other device.
Recently, I found myself visiting a family member in a convalescent home. As I walked down the hall, I could smell the lingering stink of loose bowels, and astringent cleanser. Mixed with the freshly laid floor wax, and the sweetness of unwashed bodies; a multitude of youthful […]
Somehow I ended up hosting all the discussion panels I signed on to participate in. It’s either going to be a riot of fun or slugfests.
Here are is my schedule and the questions I will be presenting to the panels.
Necronomicon Questions 2017
Friday 4:00 Story Crafting: Are you over thinking the story? Host
Ire, Ludwigsen, Hatfield, DiChario, Kane
Are you a plodder or a plotter?
How do you use technology to plot a story? Paper and pencil, spreadsheets, Scrivener?
Is a story outline necessary and if so, when?
Character emotions and how the reader relates are extremely […]
Remo has been my hero since I read my first Destroyer book in 1980. An old cranky, but warm hearted martial arts teacher tries to bring life and enlightenment to the epitome of modern day American social detachment. His partner Remo revolted to the classical eastern philosophy, and in the end they were a team created to save the word one soap opera at a time.
We all knew the books were written around Remo, but we all longed to see what mischief Chiun could stir into the pot of political incorrectness. Was this first title great? No, but it did […]