Two sisters, bound by the traumas of a childhood of institutions, foster-homes, and living on the streets. Bound by more than blood. The younger woman, the wiser and more stable woman, sets her sights on a life of normal. Pella plans to buy a house somewhere, a home that's always there for them. The hard … Continue reading The Ties that Bind
It's one of my banes. Description of places, people, things in a story that need to be there. I've devoured how other people do it, read up on the best/worst for each style of storytelling. Does it help? Sometimes. One book I had to read about three times before I realised what he meant. That's … Continue reading Description?
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
And today this one is free until the end of the month: The Old Woman & the Mad Horse A damaged ex-covert operative seeks the quiet life but has to deal with the niggling problems from the last job before she can settle in real life. It was supposed to be a quiet place for … Continue reading Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale
Now that I've submitted the most recent project to a publisher for consideration, it's time for a new story ... How about this one? Idea: “Has it rained in the last two weeks?” [she] asked. No one answered. She spun around, hands on hips. Three of the four candidates frantically tapped at devices. Jayce gazed … Continue reading An Idea Pops Up
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?
There's an anthology on Smashwords (and distributed more widely, except to Amazon) called Purpose. In a few weeks, it's going the way of the dinosaurs. Unpublished. It's not that I don't like the stories, but they've done their time and I'm currently looking at finding a few more shorter stories to make a new anthology. … Continue reading Going, going … soon to be gone
No, that's not going to be the title for the story that's been played with in the process posts. It's a gambit I use -- these are the things in the story, these are the things that brought the idea to light. And now I'll give you an opening, from the character who will be … Continue reading Robbers, Roos & Roses
And it's cos Marina asked -- so blame her! Anyway, in case you wanted to read the whole gamut (approx 5k words) of posts (all written on the spur of the moment, off the cuff, so any errors are stuck there now), here they are in one post: An Idea It’s been on the backburner … Continue reading The Story Process Posts From Go to Whoa
[the rest of this discussion is in the earlier posts, starting here] Now that the kid is going to be the MC, let me explain why he's going to be the Main Character. Yes, I call them main characters, rather than any other label. Just habit, and stops any attempt at making them a Mary … Continue reading The Final (Almost) Starting Point