Scene 1. Scene 2. “So who owns him?” Hella asked. She tried to tuck two long wisps of hair back under her scarf. Being unwashed was bad enough, but showing off the thinness of her pale hair was unbearable. No one needed to know how blotchy her scalp was, or how flaky, or that she … Continue reading Scene 2: The Old lady & the Mad Horse
Some stories are a moment in time, captured and played out like a piece of music. An introduction (maybe), a central section where all the notes are dispersed into the world, and into the finale, the wind-down. There may be no other structure to a MOT story, but they are usually well understood. A mother … Continue reading A Moment in Time
If you read the previous post, it was a link to a question, a need, that comes with the dream of all Indie authors. Where and How do Indie Authors find readers for our works? Simple question. Before you think of coming up with the discussions on sites and publicity, freebies and talks -- wait! … Continue reading Courage, Stupidity, or Cowardice?
Last week saw the finalisation of Picquet. It's done. Published (and on half-price at Smashwords - July only - just in case you didn't know) - with an excerpt at WattPad. Now, that's all well and good, but ... what next? I've struggled with the Wild Hunt story and can't find the passion that's needed. And … Continue reading The Search Is On
That's Review, Revise, Rewrite (not the aaaaaarrrrrrsss you were thinking!). This is the last day (a bit hopeful there, but always the optimist) of that stage for the new story - Picquet. It always takes a while - in the beginning, it was about a week (or two), now it's down to three days. Yep … Continue reading Three R’s And a New —–!
The front door banged, footsteps clumped down the hallway. Evinna put her elbows on the table and her chin on her hands. The new member was loud enough to scare off monsters. He came through the common room doorway with no door, ducked under to avoid hitting his head on the lintel. A gush of … Continue reading Billy
I have a tag: Fibber, Fabricator and Teller-of-Tall-Tales. That, to me, is three things that give the person who reads them some indication of what they're in for. An account that may or may not be truthful, honest, or even possible. A storyteller invests a lot of things in the story. There may even be … Continue reading The Three Things
The outer mask, presented to the world on a daily basis, is as normal as can be. The hidden side, the real person who doesn't dare present to the light what shouldn't be seen, is darker than a black moon. Who would want to think that the nice person next door, down the street, sitting … Continue reading In Plain Sight
At the beginning of the year I made a plan for 2018. And now it's June. It's the middle of my plan - do I dare look at the plan and see how I've done? Of course - I'm a masochist, love to inflict pain on myself - and I have to measure the tread … Continue reading Mid-year blues – or reviews?
How does a writer find inspiration? Where do they go for help when the brain (or body) just refuses to cooperate? I have a strategy. I write up a few (dozen) titles and associated beat sheets. Most are never going to be more than those notes. I use it as a form of inspiration, to … Continue reading Procrastination and Deflection