Monday Meanderings

Years ago, I read Heinlein’s The Puppet Masters for a course.  I was underwhelmed; it was a fairly good story, but nothing special.  Admittedly, for me as a reader, it was more difficult to become engaged because the female lead was prob…

Monday Meanderings

I recently did a “Boot Camp” with the goal of writing a flash fiction or poetry piece, per day, for two weeks.  I mostly concentrated on flash because that was what I “needed” for submission purposes, but I did finish four poems.  (I partly s…

Song Styles

I’ll be posting more from my Scylla and Charybdis playlist once I have a release date for the novel, but in the meantime, here’s a “general purpose” song on it that I really like simply because it’s imaginative and joyous:In The Arms Of The Milky …

Novel Goals

I figured it was about time I put some long-term goals into place, writing wise.  I’ve always found deadlines liberating, and the purpose of posting them here?Anyone reading this blog post is a witness.  Feel free to hold me to it.November 23…

Song Styles

So I spent the last two weeks doing a self-imposed Boot Camp, writing a flash or poetry piece a day from a list of prompts I collected / generated.  My prompt from Day 12 was “She watched the bloodstained dress burn.”  (Not necessarily to inc…

Monday Meanderings

Outside the realm of fantasy, the Prologue is a perfectly acceptable way to foreshadow, show an unrelated or only partially related event that sets the scene, or otherwise provide a frame for the book to follow.Inside the realm of fantasy, the Prologue…

Song Styles

Thanks to a fellow harper, I have a beautiful new early music tune to work on, a Middle English song entitled “Byrd One Brere” – according to her, the first known love song.  Here’s the Mediaevel Baebes’ take on it:Byrd One BrereGorgeous, haunting…

Monday Meanderings

A few months ago, the organizers for my harp group (which believe me when I say it is like herding cats) met to discuss repertoire.  We also exchanged music.  One harper offered a packet of Irish hymns and mentioned, “They’re all pretty easy….

Song Styles

So a long time ago, I wrote a story to a prompt from the wonderful The 3am Epiphany (Kiteley, highly recommended for an author of any genre) to write about an article of clothing.  The resultant story took just a smidge of inspiration from this so…