The time to take a break and focus on family and friends, which means I'm taking a holiday from the blog (not from writing, but it will be reduced time available). However, before I go I should mention that the Novitiate novella is going free on Amazon around Christmas. Keep an eye on the dates: … Continue reading It’s That Time of Year
If you're a writer, you're about to rebuke me and say, "one plus one equals half," because that's the term used when writers show and then tell, or tell and then show. In this case, it's to do with receiving goods, and then having to put them together. I got something. I opened the box. … Continue reading One Plus One Equals Three
The writerly term is talking heads syndrome. What does it mean? Dialogue happens, but there's nothing there, no sense of the where for setting, nor grounding of context or situation. Dialogue can be great, but if there's no world setting, no place for it to happen, the mouthpieces can be set on a piece of … Continue reading Chit, Chat without Context
Someone said it was National Black Cat Day, but as I'm Australian, I'm going to call it I'national Black Cat Day (as in International). So here are my pics of my favourite black cat. His name was Boof (aka Barbari Thom Thumper). Unwriting week it's been. Shoulder surgery last week (I think), next shoulder next … Continue reading Black Cat Day
The new story is up on pre-order, and I tried to take all the advice for making it easy on the reader. I'm not talking only the words that make up the story -- there's a ton of other stuff. For example, I put the blurb/description as part of the eBook these days. This is … Continue reading Make it Easy on the Reader
It is. Or it was. 1 October 2020. Yes, yesterday. I forgot. It happens. I'm old enough to not worry about the little things. And what is the theme for this lovely little international day for oldies? The decade of Healthy Ageing (I always have to look up whether to put that 'e' in there), … Continue reading Older Persons Day?
The general consensus to the question about whether to put a trigger warning on a book seems to be 'No' based on the responses to the last post, which got a lot of comments. But that doesn't mean I can get away with not using the overt design features to warn and advise. Starting from … Continue reading Trigger Warnings — Two
First, the What? An update, short and sweet. The back is not behaving, and much as I try to scroll through the WP feed, I fail to get far. Keeping up, but not regularly. I'm still here, and there will be a return. When? When the back is good enough to park me in the … Continue reading Mid-August, already?
This guy: does this thing and offers up a word to make a few words of wasteful wantoness. Not really, but today for me is a day of whimsy. I'm not editing, so this state of mind is a way to play out a story. I have a penchant for wilderness writing, childish writing, overly … Continue reading FOWC – Penchant, not Pedant
Hmmm, might have been a while since I posted. The good news is that I've almost finished the editing on the story for submission (oh, last week? Well, this week it will be submitted -- not out of time yet). I'm sure I spend more time editing than doing the first draft (even if the … Continue reading Which Way?