Anatomy of an Idea: Waterways

My story Waterways was recently published in Storyhack, Issue 6, available here.  The catalyst of the story is a sacred pool that bestows upon the people the skills of ancestors.  When the city is conquered, the youngest of those who were imm…

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Wednesday Wanderings

So I’ve just started submissions on a story entitled “Different Drummer,” and I know – I just know – that this one is going to give me trouble with editors.  It was written for a challenge to write about a character who isn’t a hero, which I inter…

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Wednesday Wanderings

Like many others, I’ve been sucked into the phenomenon that is Stranger Things.  Not everyone is a fan, and I’ve heard complaints both from people who find the horror elements dull and would rather just watch the kids interact, and people who are …

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Idea Anatomy

I’ve had two stories published lately, Traveling By Starlight:  A Journey of Two Ways, and Before Their Time, and I wanted to talk about where the ideas came from.  Since the respective magazines are both for-purchase, and Outposts of Beyond …

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Wednesday Wanderings

So I’ve been working on the query and synopsis for Unnatural Causes, which I’ve asked a few folks to read and critique, and that’s made me realize that one of my natural tendencies as a person causes problems when it comes to my writing.I’ve menti…

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Wednesday Wanderings

I recently watched the Amazon Prime series Good Omens, an adaptation of the brilliantly funny book by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.  I very much enjoyed it, but I felt as if it would be much less enjoyable if I weren’t familiar with the book.&n…

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Wednesday Wanderings

It’s no secret that I have problems with brevity.  The sweet spot lengthwise for short stories, for me, is usually between six to eight thousand words, over the word count limit for many markets.  I do well with flash fiction, but that’s a di…

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Wednesday Wanderings

I’ve been debating if I want to start writing a new short story, to flex those muscles while I’m working up to my next novel project.  From a business standpoint, I’m not sure if it makes sense; I currently have a sizable backlog of unsold stories…

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