Saturday, September 14, 2019

Sunday Signing!

I will be signing books this Sunday, September 15th, 1pm to 3pm at Hylton Performing Arts Center. With some fellow authors that are worth meeting!

Stop in and say hi or just point and laugh!
  • Where: Hylton Performing Arts Center - 10960 George Mason Cir, Manassas, VA 20109
  • When: Sunday, September 15th, 1pm to 3pm
  • Who: You and people like you!
  • Why: Because you love to read and we love to write!
Come and see me! 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Meet the Author

I will be signing books this Saturday, September 14th, 11am to 3pm at McKay's Books in Manassas VA. With some fellow authors that are worth meeting!

Stop in and say hi or just point and laugh!

  • Where: McKay's Books, 8345 Sudley Road, Manassas, Virginia 20109
  • When: Saturday, September 14th, 11am to 3pm
  • Who: Several local authors
  • Why: Because you love to read and we love to write!
Come and see us! 

10 Worst Pieces of Writing Advice

-- Here is the list. Worst advice EVAR!

1) Quit your job.
2) Editors are optional.
3) Hard work is Toxic.
4) Do what famous authors do.
5) Buy this course and be a successful author.
6) Fanfic will grow your audience.
7) You must write every day.
8) Traditional Publishing is the only way to go.
 9) Beta readers will steal your work.
10) Write what sells.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Quotes of the Week

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
—Jim Morrison

Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.
—Annie Dillard

I write to dream; to connect with other human beings; to record; to clarify; to visit the dead. I have a kind of primitive need to leave a mark on the world. Also, I have a need for money.
—Mary Karr

Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find you have created – nothing.
–F. Scott Fitzgerald

If you let conditions stop you from working, they'll always stop you.
—James T. Farrell

You should read and read, to find out what kind of writer you want to be, and then write and write, to find out what kind of writer you actually are. The two are often two different things.
—Colson Whitehead

Write what you like; there is no other rule.
—O. Henry

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

Damn the rules, it's the Feeling that Counts.
—John Coltrane

If you want to fly, you have to give up the shit that weighs you down.
—Toni Morrison

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

In literature, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth, you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
—C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. Just do it and the confidence will follow.
—Carrie Fisher

The conscious mind is the editor, and the subconscious mind is the writer.
—Steve Martin

My advice is not to wait to be struck by an idea. If you’re a writer, you sit down and damn well decide to have an idea.
—Andy Rooney

On Twitter, there exists a popular hashtag: #amwriting. Every time I see it, I want to yell: no you’re not!
—Dani Shapiro

The more you read, the more you will write. The better the stuff you read, the better the stuff you will write.
—Annie Dillard

The glory of a good tale is that it is limitless and fluid; a good tale belongs to each reader in its own particular way.
—Stephen King

Your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person-a real person you know, or an imagined person-and write to that one.
—John Steinbeck

The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.
—Arthur Miller

You want to be a writer? A writer is someone who writes every day — so start writing.
—Shonda Rhimes

Monday, September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day

Now that I am a full-time author, I try to take actual holidays off. I was going to try and take weekends off when I first retired. That never happened. I write most holidays too.

--Happy Labor Day!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Quotes of the Week

Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.
—Jessamyn West

Every little detail you can smuggle with you into your fiction makes your world more real to your reader.
—Neil Gaiman

If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything.
—David Foster Wallace

To defend what you’ve written is a sign that you are alive.
—William Zinsser

I don't care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finished the book.
—Roald Dahl

For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.
—Catherine Drinker Bowen

Whether a character in your novel is full of choler, bile, phlegm, blood or plain old buffalo chips, the fire of life is in there, too, as long as that character lives.
—James Alexander Thom

Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.
—Barbara Kingsolver

You don’t actually have to write anything until you’ve thought it out. This is an enormous relief, and you can sit there searching for the point at which the story becomes a toboggan and starts to slide.
—Marie de Nervaud

Keep a small can of WD-40 on your desk—away from any open flames—to remind yourself that if you don’t write daily, you will get rusty.
—George Singleton

Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.
—Ray Bradbury

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

RIP Rutger Hauer

 Few actors have inspired me as much as Rutger Hauer. Blade Runner, The Blood of Heroes, and Ladyhawk were just the beginning. I own so many of his movies I can't even count them off in my head. I may have to watch Hobo with a Shotgun again tonight. Or maybe Split Second, where he drank a lot of coffee....

 RIP, sir. Thanks for all the entertainment and inspiration you have brought into my life.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Quotes of the Week

Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.
—Arthur Mille

You can't control the success or failure of a thing you work on. You can only control the thing you work on.
—Lin-Manuel Miranda

Write about only three things: what you love, what you hate, and what you’re deeply conflicted about.
—Marlon James

Failure can be your strongest ally as a writer. You go forth wiser, learning from your mistakes.
—Judith Briles

Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.
—Khaled Hosseini

A writer is a writer because, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing.
—Junot Diaz

One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.
—Hart Crane

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.
—Ernest Hemingway

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019

What are you Watching?

This week I have been watching STRANGER THINGS on Netflix.

I love this show.

I don't know how I managed but I have restricted myself to only one episode a day. The other two seasons I sucked them down in a single day.

I actually think Season 3 is the best of all.

--No Spoilers. Just go watch it!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Quotes of the Day

Be willing and unafraid to write badly, because often the bad stuff...forms a base on which to build something better.
—Jennifer Egan

Write for the most intelligent, wittiest, wisest audience in the universe: write to please yourself.
—Harlan Ellison

Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion.
—Anne Rice

Dream dreams, then write them. Aye, but live them first.
—Samuel Eliot Morison

There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.
—Leonard Cohen

To write well, one must utterly abandon oneself to it. You cannot keep must spill your heart out on paper.
—Carla Iacovetti

What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it.
—E.M. Forster

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
—Jack London

Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid.
—Albert Einstein

Write hard and clear about what hurts.
—Ernest Hemingway

We all have time machines, don't we, those that take us back are memories...And those that carry us forward are dreams.
—H.G. Wells

Friday, June 28, 2019

The Fast Friday Interviews: Stephanie Mirro

Stephanie Mirro

Tell me about yourself, Stephanie?

I once was a super introvert with social anxiety, but now I’m an extroverted introvert with social anxiety, which makes for some awkward conversations. Great writing fodder, though. I’m only in my 30s, but I grew up without watching much TV or gaming. The desert of Southern Arizona was my playground and fueled my imagination. I wrote my first “novel” at the age of 10 about two girls who make an adventure. That’s actually the title — “Two Girls Make An Adventure.” They both end up marrying the same prince because it was before I learned about polygamy. (Which, when consensual, I fully support as an adult, but kids have no clue.)

Tell me about your current Book:

When an archaeology student uncovers an ancient Roman amulet, Serafina must protect it with from the mysterious forces trying to take it from her or die trying.

"Vampires, Immortals, Bacchae—they’re all the same. The name may change, but their appetites never do."

Ever since archaeology student Serafina Finch found an ancient Roman amulet on a dig in Italy, she's been having dreams. Strange dreams that leave her with an eerie sense of foreboding. But between a busy college schedule and a boyfriend she's hoping to marry, she doesn't have time for strange.

Then a mysterious cult takes an obsessive interest in the artifact. Serafina finds her life in chaos as she's thrown into the supernatural world, where vampires and witches alike claim ownership of the amulet. Her amulet.

As her connection to the amulet grows, she discovers a dark secret about her past. Serafina realizes she must protect the powerful relic at all costs—even if it means losing one of the people she loves most.

What are you working on now? 

Book 2 in my Immortal Relics series! Her Majesty’s Fury continues the story of Serafina and the amulet and should be out early this fall. I’m also writing a short story for an anthology about a pandimensional flying inn. When I can squeeze in the time and brain power, I’m outlining book 3 in my series, Descent to Hel. (Yes, one L.)

Tell us something that people don't generally know about you:

I am allergic to hair dye and have nerve damage in one of my cheeks which makes me smile off-kilter. I also deal with depression and anxiety (I kind of wonder who doesn’t these days) and advocate for mental health awareness and reform.

What is a favorite lesson you have learned about the business of writing?

Writing is the easy part. LOL.

What is the best piece of writing advice you give to new authors?

Research, reading, watching writing-related videos, going on a walk, etc. — all of that is part of the writing business. If you need to take a break from the actual writing, do it. You’re not giving up, you’re resetting and reinvigorating your creative brain.



Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Quotes of the Week

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

Write about only three things: what you love, what you hate, and what you’re deeply conflicted about.
—Marlon James

A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.
—Salvador DalĂ­

Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly, sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.
—Ernest Hemingway

When I'm writing I write. And then it's as if the muse is convinced I'm serious and says 'Okay. Okay. I'll come.'
—Maya Angelou

Write like it matters, and it will.
—Libba Bray

Sing your song. Dance your dance. Tell your tale. Inspire them.
—Frank McCourt

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.
—Ernest Hemingway

I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.
—J.R.R. Tolkien

You must write. It’s not enough to start by thinking. You become a writer by writing.
—R.K. Narayan

Monday, June 24, 2019

I Moved!

My wife and I recently moved to a new home!

One of the best parts of that move is that I get to build out my new writers den exactly the way I want.

The renovation has begun.

It starts with paint and new flooring. Next week there will be custom cabinets, counters, shelves, my massive white-board. lights, voice control, and even a window-seat for Bailey to hang out and watch squirrels! I even have a new computer system and printer.

I also will have a totally awesome BOSE sound system.

--I will keep you informed!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Quotes of the Week

Writer and reader alike, we'll finish the last line or two of a short story and we'll ponder what we've just written or read; and if we're lucky, maybe our hearts or intellects will move off the peg just a little from where they were before.
—Raymond Carver—

Writing is a hellish task, best snuck up on, whacked on the head, robbed, and left for dead.
—Ann-Marie MacDonald

The best writing advice I’ve ever heard: Don't write like you went to college.
—Alice Kahn

You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
—Robin Williams

Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
—E. L. Doctorow

Writers are not here to conform. We are here to challenge. We're not here to be comfortable—we're here, really, to shake things up. That's our job.
—Jeanette Winterson

I was kind of excited about going to jail for the first time and I learnt some great dialogue.
—Quentin Tarantino

Nothing that happens to a writer, however happy, however tragic, is ever wasted.
—P.D. James

Write about only three things: what you love, what you hate, and what you’re deeply conflicted about.
—Marlon James

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Meet the Author! June 9th, 2pm - 5pm

I will be signing books and visiting with people over a glass of wine on Sunday, June 9th at 2pm at The Wine Attic in Clifton VA!

Stop in and say hello!

The Wine Attic
7145 Main Street, Clifton, Virginia 20124

Monday, June 3, 2019

READING: Lethal White

This week I read LETHAL WHITE by Robert Galbraith.

Here is the blurb from Amazon:

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott-once his assistant, now a partner in the agency-set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been-Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that.

Robert Galbraith is the alter ego of JK Rowling. Great stuff JK!

--This is the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Quotes of the Week

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
—Cyrill Connolly

Ignore all hatred and criticism. Live for what you create, and die protecting it.
—Lady Gaga

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
—Agatha Christie

Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences.
—Sylvia Plath

Real writers are those who want to write, need to write, have to write.
—Robert Penn Warren

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
—Douglas Adams

I don't believe in writer's block or waiting for inspiration. If you're a writer, you sit down and write.
—Elmore Leonard

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.
—Charlie Chaplin

Nothing you write, if you hope to be any good, will ever come out as you first hoped.
—Lillian Hellman

If you're thinking of an idea in the shower or while you're walking your dog, and if it still sticks the next day there’s probably something to it.
—Lin-Manuel Miranda

Thursday, May 9, 2019