Playing With Minds And Hearts

  It took me till I’d been published for seven years or so, before I realized I was doing it all wrong.  Now this is fairly normal.  Okay, it’s fairly normal for me – I don’t know about the rest of you zombies.  I’m either unusually dense, or I need to have some sort of... Continue Reading →

Pen names – do you or don’t you?

Those of you who have followed my posts on Mad Genius Club, know that I’m one of those writers who got started rather late in life. It’s not that I wasn’t writing. I’ve written stories for as long as I’ve known how to write.  If it weren’t for Sarah, I’d probably still be happily writing... Continue Reading →

Something new under the sun

I have just seen a Kookaburra hanging upside down by its feet from a dead branch at the top of the gum-tree - flapping its wings and telling the world about the position it was in. No, I did not nail it up in that position for its annoying monkey-like laugh. It did it itself,... Continue Reading →

Elf Blood Fre Novel, Chapter 14

*You guys know we talked about doing a shared world.  We went with a whole continent so that Dave can have his jungle and I can have my big city with diners.  We're working on a contract which we should have in a week or two (and yes, we'll post it for your enlightenment although... Continue Reading →

The Rule of Fives

I found a post on Passive Voice about the Five Finger Rule, which I wasn't familiar with. I had a good chuckle over his one-finger salute of it, and read the comments for further insight. In the comments, Will Entrekin came up with a lovely rebuttal, and one I think bears repeating and dispersing widely, as... Continue Reading →

On Holidays

Hi, everyone. As you read this, I'm on Summer holidays on Moreton Island, just off the coast of Brisbane. One of the big sand islands of Moreton Bay. I don't have internet access there, so won't be able to respond to posts. In the mean time, please feel free to start an open floor discussion. Think of me wriggling... Continue Reading →

Some good advice

I promise not to make this a trend, but I found some actual good advice on storytelling - from one of the Pixar people. Of course, it's in the usual x rules for format, but hey, I can live with that because this is actually good, solid advice. So I figured I'd look at it... Continue Reading →

How Not to Make Soup

A book is not soup.  If a short story were a dish, it would be centered around a particular ingredient, and all the accompaniments would be designed to bring out the flavor of that ingredient. Say a short story is chocolate truffles – it might have a hard or a soft center and be sweet... Continue Reading →

And another bites the dust

Great, now I'm going to have the Queen song in my head all day. Well, at least it's this one and not another -- which shall not be named because then THAT will be in my head and I've already lived through that. Don't want to do it again. Anyway. . . . Those of... Continue Reading →

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