things of 2019

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

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

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

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.19

NovaTeen.19

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
things of 2018

things of 2018

When I lived in LA I had this theory. I never seemed to remember exactly when things happened – if it was this year or last or three years ago. I decided it was because there are no seasons in LA and so nothing to mark time. Now I’m back in a world with seasons […]

January 5, 2019 | Posted in author events, Blogging, Life, travel
110 Planets

110 Planets

I need to lay some groundwork for The Helion Chronicles because my “science” is probably going to shock some people. There is a great deal of the science in these stories that is absolutely made up. They are science fiction set thousands of years in the future so I didn’t feel the need to make […]

June 4, 2018 | Posted in Helion Chronicles
5 Essential Lessons from Eureka

5 Essential Lessons from Eureka

Eureka is now on Amazon Prime so it’s a good time to catch up if you haven’t watched it before. There’s 5 seasons which is a good blend of enough episodes to keep you entertained but not drown you in a show you never finish. When it first aired, I watched the pilot and a […]

May 28, 2018 | Posted in 5 lessons, Story Courses, tv
5 Ways to Support Your Favorite Author

5 Ways to Support Your Favorite Author

I’ve gone back and forth on this post for a while. Because it can seem self-serving. “5 Ways to Support Your Favorite Author” can very easily become “5 Ways to Support Me” which is not my intention at all. I’m not just a writer, I’m a reader. And a lot of the authors I enjoy […]

May 21, 2018 | Posted in Commentary
Once Upon a Time Exposes the Lie of the Moonlighting Curse

Once Upon a Time Exposes the Lie of the Moonlighting Curse

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Moonlighting Curse. The idea that once a couple gets together on a tv show it ruins either the relationship or the show entirely. It began, of course, with Moonlighting which starred Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis. Their bickering and sexual tension carried the show for 3 seasons. And then they […]

May 7, 2018 | Posted in Plot, Story Courses