Tuesday, March 6, 2018

New Blog!

I am moving the Blog over to Wordpress.

It's very exciting. It is not part of my New Author Website!


In addition to the Blog you can ask me questions, check out my other projects, check out the events where you can find me, and you can even buy signed copies and swag.

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--See you there!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Reading: 14

This week I read 14 by Peter Clines.

Here is the description from Amazon:

Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment.

Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much.

At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends.

Or the end of everything...

--I really enjoyed this book. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Quotes of the Week

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
—George Bernard Shaw

Stay faithful to the stories in your head.
—Paula Hawkins

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
—Ernest Hemingway

I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed.
—William Shakespeare

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
—Arthur Miller

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
—Anne Frank

To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.
—Allen Ginsberg

The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.
—Philip Roth

It is by siting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.
—Gerald Brenan

Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to those who have none.
—Jules Renard

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
—James Michener

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tuesday Tips: POV

This is an issue I always have to be careful to watch for in my own writing.

Point Of View

I am not going to go down the list of all the different kinds of POVs and their definitions. Others have done that already. Google is your friend.

I believe, that a new author has problems with drifting POV. Things like: head hopping, shifting POVs, drifting from first person to omniscient, random third person in a single scene.

All these things are tells. They show you to be the beginner. So study and understand the different POVs. This will keep you from causing reader confusion, making them fall out of the story.

All that being said...

Understand the rules and then creatively break them at will. Just be consistent within the story. I tend to do Third-person limited within each scene.  I may shift POV within the overall story but not in the same scene.

There are as many error types as POVs. This tip is all about awareness. I recommend a POV scrub. a full review of the story focusing on POV.

--You'll be glad you did.