cold, lifeless maybe brilliance

I had to read Ernest Hemingway this week which I haven’t done since high school. “Had to” may be a bit strong. I was encouraged to read Hills like White Elephants and A Clean Well-Lighted Place. Apparently Willima Faulkner thought White Elephants is the most brilliant short story ever told. He would. He was a […]

July 23, 2022 | Posted in Story Courses
things of 2021

The fact that it’s February and I suddenly remembered that I hadn’t done my annual post yet probably says something. It says not much happened last year. Well, it did and it didn’t. It was a quiet year of building blocks for other things. The mortar and clay of life is often uninteresting, though it’s […]

February 21, 2022 | Posted in Arizona, Life, Tattered Heart, travel
5 Essential Lessons from Shadow and Bone

It’s hard to know what to say with Shadow and Bone. Are these lessons in writing? Are they lessons in adaptation? I think they must be a bit of both since there’s only 8 episodes to work with, a popular book to draw from and all sorts of things to say. **there’s like spoilers everywhere […]

May 1, 2021 | Posted in 5 lessons
things of 2020

So, you might think with all the things 2020 has been I wouldn’t do an annual post. I mean, really what happened this year other than sitting around the house and watching a lot of tv? Oh, I also read quite a few books. Turns out I also did one or two interesting things. And […]

January 18, 2021 | Posted in Life
5 Essential Lessons from Timeless

Timeless is one of those shows that I misjudged, badly.  I saw the previews when it debuted on NBC and didn’t think it looked that interesting or that the characters seemed that compelling.  If they’d advertised the auspices of the show I’d probably have given the pilot a chance since I like Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke […]

January 19, 2020 | Posted in 5 lessons, Story Courses, tv
things of 2019

2019 seems, in many ways, to have been a quiet year.  The sort of time that one is content to live in and others find rather boring to discuss.  I worked but didn’t travel enough for my tastes.  I worked out which was actually a lot of fun.  I spent a lot of time with […]

January 1, 2020 | Posted in Arizona, author events, Books, Helion Chronicles, Life
The Danger of Absolution

So I’m reading this trilogy, and it doesn’t really matter which one because this happens all the time in YA fiction. Something bad happens and our heroine of course blames herself. We spend half a page or more with her chastising herself–how could she have let this happen?! If only she’d been…faster or smarter or […]

December 29, 2019 | Posted in Story Courses
How Stories Feel

I read two books back to back, about addicts and falling in love. Spike: It’s called addiction, Angel. We all have them. I believe yours is named slutty the vampire slayer. I read one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Both were contemporary romance and had cute moments, funny moments, sweet moments. One felt heavy […]

October 20, 2019 | Posted in Story Courses
Plotting Part 7,298

I’m plotting again. A new, old story. I actually did pretty good this morning, I mapped out 4 plots for the novel – one for each main character. On the surface, I’m pretty proud of myself because I’m actually figuring out how to do this plotting thing and fit pieces together and maybe even have […]

May 4, 2019 | Posted in Arizona, Plot
NovaTeen 2019

NoVaTeen is a book festival put on every year in the DC area by One More Page Books and a couple of county libraries (there’s several counties all clustered together around here). The focus is on YA books and authors and every year it’s a great blend of interesting, serious topics with lighthearted, frivolous fun. […]

April 8, 2019 | Posted in author events, Life