Song Styles

One of the side characters – and suspects – in my fantasy mystery, Unnatural Causes, is Eldais, former apprentice of Cailys (the victim), who was booted from his position after he attempted to lash out at the royal heir.  Cailys chose not to turn …

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Wednesday Wanderings

So it’s about that time again.  Submissions for the Sword & Sorceress anthology typically open in mid-April, and a few months before, I always look through my backlog, pick two stories in that vein (S&S allows one submission, then a second…

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More Drama, Less Action

I am currently getting feedback from my brilliant Beta readers on Bindcrafter, and the question as to whether certain sections are too slow has cropped up. But what do we mean by too slow? Assuming you haven’t added extraneous characters or plotlines which are frustrating to readers, most likely they mean it’s dragging. They don’t …

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More Drama, Less Action

I am currently getting feedback from my brilliant Beta readers on Bindcrafter, and the question as to whether certain sections are too slow has cropped up. But what do we mean by too slow? Assuming you haven’t added extraneous characters or plotlines which are frustrating to readers, most likely they mean it’s dragging. They don’t …

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Song Styles

This week, I heard a song on a television show I enjoy – The Blacklist, for the curious – that caught my attention.  I had to seek it out.  As soon as I heard the whole thing, I was hooked.  It appeals to the wanderer instinct, the rhyth…

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Wednesday Wanderings

A while back, I posted about how critiquing can be valuable for writers – not just the process of getting outside eyes on your work, but the act of reading critically, bringing your reactions together, and phrasing them in an effective manner.  To…

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Song Styles

I’ve always thought that song lyrics, out of context, can make excellent story prompts for writers.  For my flash / poetry boot camp, I took a line from a Rihanna song – “I’m lost, you’ve got me looking for the rest of me” – though I didn’t end up…

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#authorinterview: Jonathan Bowerman on Life and Elves

Today we have Jonathan Bowerman the author of the self-published The Secret Realms of Hidden Elves. Jonathan is a relatively recent and active member of Fantasy Writer.org with an impressive enthusiasm for writing. But he doesn’t tell us much about himself, so I just have to do an interview to uncover the secret realms of… Continue reading #authorinterview: Jonathan Bowerman on Life and Elves

Song Styles

New year, new car CDs?  Not really, actually:  I swapped them out mid-December.  I’ve stopped sharing my other themes, seeing as my music choices wander between the obscure and the obvious, but I do like sharing my odd thought process fo…

Pirate’s Luck~Chapter Twelve-The New Man

The slave’s face crumbled into disgust when the hatch of the ship sealed. “Great gods,” he muttered in Fedeng. “What?” said Arekan. “I thought that awful smell came from you,” he said. “It’s all over your clothes. But I see now it’s from the ship.”
 Arekan felt a blush creep up his neck. He must… Continue reading Pirate’s Luck~Chapter Twelve-The New Man