Monday, April 6, 2020

FREE: Solstice 31 Short Story

In the middle of the Oklahoma wastelands, there is a salvage yard where you can get almost everything you want...

OKLAHOMA SALVAGE


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Art that Inspires


-- Alternatif bir dünyada New York nükleer savaşla yok olmuş olabilir.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Quotes of the Week

I think it’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other people’s expectations. They generally produce their worst work when they do that.
—David Bowie

The most important lesson in the writing trade is that any manuscript is improved if you cut away the fat.
—Robert A. Heinlein

Don't say it was “delightful”; make us say “delightful” when we’ve read the description.
—C.S. Lewis

Write it, damn you! What else are you good for?
—James Joyce

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

First requirement of the writer is the ability to concentrate for long periods of time. Second...the wish to do so.
—Joyce Carol Oates

Ah yes, the head is full of books. The hard part is to force them down through the bloodstream and out through the fingers.
—Edward Abbey

The terrible thing about being a writer is that you don’t decide to become one, you discover that you are one.
—James Baldwin

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
—Stephen King

The only way you can write is by the light of the bridges burning behind you.
—Richard Peck

Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its infinite power.
—Joan Didion



Tuesday, March 31, 2020

I got interviewed!


--I got interviewed by Morgan Hazelwood on her Author Spotlight! Check it out!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Short Story: The Writers Group

The Writers Group, read by the author:



--This is still my favorite short story that I have written so far.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Quotes of the Week

A good style should show no sign of effort. What is written should seem to be a happy accident.
—W. Somerset Maugham

Repeat the mantra: #Writing is when I make the words. #Editing is when I make them not shitty.
—Chuck Wendig

Write books only if you say in them things you would not dare confide to anyone.
—E.M. CIORAN

It doesn't have to be the truth, just your vision of it, written down.
—Virginia Woolf

A writer needs three things: experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.
—Willaim Faulkner

The writer's job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.
—Vladimir Nabokov

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.
—John Keats

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

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.
—Steve Jobs

If I waited until I felt like writing, I'd never write at all.
—Anne Tyler

I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.
—Shannon Hale

It's a folk singer's job to comfort disturbed people and to disturb comfortable people
―Woody Guthrie

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

NEW: A Solstice 31 Short Story - Brauen's Mine


Tuesday Tips: Rerun! Outlines!

My serious author face.
I do all of this outlining with pen and paper before I sit down to type.  Pencil actually works better. I do this because it allows me to completely focus on the story. I don't worry about spelling, grammar, punctuation, formatting, or tools. The focus is completely on the story.

It usually starts with idea sheets. These are just page after page of random ideas that will eventually resolve into character, settings, and plots. These are free form bullet lists on anything.

All of this is written by hand.

The Process Begins:

1) Fill in the blanks:  When [INCITING INCIDENT OCCURS], a [SPECIFIC PROTAGONIST] must [OBJECTIVE], or else [STAKES].

2) Write a short 3 act outline with a paragraph describing each act:
   a. The Setup
   b. Rising Action
   c. The Resolution

3) Write a short 9 act outline with a paragraph describing each act::
     Act 1—The Setup
     Act 2—Something Bad Happens
     Act 3—Protagonist/Antagonist Identified
     Act 4—The push—door to Act 5—1-way door, no turning back.
     Act 5—Go for wrong goal
     Act 6—Reversal - It is the low point, reveals the Achilles heel of the nemesis.
     Act 7—Go for New Goal - The clock is ticking— Protagonist has a new plan.
     Act 8—Wrap it Up, New goal is achieved.
     Act 9 - The denouement. Closure. The End.

4) Write the 3 page outline in bullet points:
   a. Page 1: The Setup = Act 1, Act 2, Act 3
   b. Page 2: Rising Action = Act 4, Act 5, Act 6
   c. Page 3: The Resolution = Act 7, Act 8, Act 9

5) Write the Full Outline in bullet points:
   a. Each of the Nine Acts gets its own page.
      i. Chapters bullets are listed that will be in each act.
      ii. Scene bullets are finally listed within chapters.

6) I also create a character name spreadsheet, as I outline. Name, description, role in the story.

7) Three hole punch all these hand written pages and place them in a notebook binder. All this is done in longhand.

8) Enter all this into Scrivener. (more about Scrivener in future posts)

9) Write. Put the meat on the bones.

I find I never get writers block with this method. You never face a blank page to lock you up. Hammer through the first draft without stopping to revise anything to the end.

--Finish things.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Images that Inspire

Working in the basement today, I accidentally opened a portal to another universe.

Again.


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Quotes of the Week

You fail only if you stop writing.
—Ray Bradbury

A one-page breakthrough can start an avalanche.
—Nancy K. Haddock

If I'm honest I have to tell you I still read fairy tales and like them best of all.
—Audrey Hepburn

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
—Alfred Hitchcock

Boys think girls are like books, if the cover doesn't catch their eye they won't bother to read what's inside.
—Marilyn Monroe

The time to begin writing a story is when you have finished it to your satisfaction.
—Mark Twain

Anything that gets your blood raging is probably worth writing.
—Hunter Thompson

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
—Bob Marley

Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction.
—Clint Eastwood

All writers have this vague hope that the elves will come in the night and finish any stories.
—Neil Gaiman

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happy St. Patricks Day!



--Now stay the hell away from me! Unless you are a busty woman with beer...

Monday, March 16, 2020

Quarantine Reading!!

So you are now stranded inside and got to fill your days and fight the boredom?

All available on Amazon!  Kindle, Paper, Hardcover, and Audio Editions!



--Be careful of that damned cat...

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Happy Pi day!

It will be interesting to look back on this time in the future.

COVID-19 has the country freaking out even though the death count is very low. Statistically Zero. It's a big wakeup call for people who are not prepared for any kind of emergency.

President Trump has declared a national emergency.

As an Author, I am watching closely everyone's reactions. If this was a Zombie Apoc, there would be riots!

--So, stay home and eat pie.  

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Music that Inspires



I used to like to walk the straight and narrow line
I used to think that everything was fine
Sometimes I'd like to sit and gaze for days through sleepless dreams
All alone and trapped in time
All alone and trapped in time

I wonder what tomorrow has in mind for me
Or am I even in its mind at all
Perhaps I'll get a chance to look ahead and see
Soon as I find myself a crystal ball
Soon as I find myself a crystal ball

Tell me, tell me where I'm going
I don't know where I've been
Tell me, tell me, won't you tell me
And then tell me again
My heart is breaking, my body's aching
And I don't know where to go
So tell me, tell me, won't you tell me
I've just got to know

Crystal ball
There's so many things I need to know
Crystal ball
There's so many things I've got to know
Crystal ball
Won't you tell me please before I go
Crystal ball

Tell me, tell me where I'm going
I don't know where I've been
Tell me, tell me, won't you tell me
And then tell me again
My heart is breaking, my body's aching
And I don't know where to go
So tell me, tell me, won't you tell me
I've just got to know

Crystal ball
There's so many things I need to know
Crystal ball
There's so many things I've got to know
Crystal ball
Won't you tell me please before I go
Crystal ball

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Quotes of the Week

There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.
—Terry Pratchett

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
—Erica Jong

I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all.
—E. B. White

Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard.
—David McCullough

The most import things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.
—Stephen King

I'll give you the whole secret of short story writing. Rule 1: Write stories that please yourself. There is no Rule 2.
—O. Henry

A lot of people talk about writing. The secret is to write, not talk.
—Jackie Collins

Not all those who wander are lost.
—J.R.R. Tolkien

Whenever you write, whatever you write, never make the mistake of assuming the audience is any less intelligent than you are.
—Rod Serling

Be so good they can’t ignore you.
—Steve Martin

Leave the world more interesting for you being here. Make good art.
—Neil Gaiman

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
—Friedrich Nietzsche

We must travel in the direction of our fear.
—John Berryman

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Tuesday Tips: The Rules

THE RULES:

These are the priority Rules.

  1. Don't Panic.
  2. Be prepared.
  3. Always have a Plan B.
  4. Don't lie to yourself.
  5. Keep your overhead low.
  6. Don't procrastinate.
  7. Be decisive. Even if it means you'll be wrong sometimes.
  8. Keep secrets.
  9. Never cut what can be untied.
  10. Be organized.
  11. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
  12. Make long and short term goals.
  13. Consider the worst-case scenario now and then and prepare for it.
  14. Give people a second chance, but not a third.
  15. Keep it simple.
  16. Act as though it were impossible to fail.

--The entire list is much longer. But this will get you through most challenges. Anything from writing a novel to surviving COVID-19.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Quotes of the Week

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

A story needs rhythm. Read it aloud to yourself. If it doesn't spin a bit of magic, it's missing something.
—Esther Freud

In character, In manner, In style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.
—John Keats

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

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 worst thing you can do is censor yourself as the pencil hits the paper. You must not edit until you get it all on paper. If you can put everything down, stream-of-consciousness, you'll do yourself a service.
—Stephen Sondheim

Writers don’t write from experience, though many are resistant to admit that they don’t. I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.
—Nikki Giovanni

I write only when inspirations strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp.
—W. Somerset Maugham

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
—Hemingway




Monday, March 2, 2020

Signed Copy First Edition!

I have about ten copies left of the first edition of STILL FALLING.
They are all signed by the Author and available for a limited time on Amazon!
Click the image for details.





--Got a question? Leave a comment, or email me!



Saturday, February 29, 2020

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Quotes of the Week

Remember to get the weather in your damn book — weather is very important.
—Ernest Hemingway

I am a writer, and I write what I want to write.
—J.K. Rowling

When you’re speaking in the truest, most intimate voice about your life, you are speaking with the universal voice.
—Cheryl Strayed

The first person you should think of pleasing in writing a book is yourself. If you can amuse yourself for the length of time it takes to write a book, the publishers and the readers can and will come later.
—Patricia Highsmith

I do a lot of rewriting. It’s very painful.
—James Baldwin

Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said.”
—Elmore Leonard

I think it’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other people’s expectations. They generally produce their worst work when they do that.
—David Bowie

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

I never forget that the average man, from the fields, the streets, the bars, the offices and even the gutters of his country, has acquired a vividness of speech that goes beyond anything I could invent.
—James M. Cain

If I'm going to sing like someone else, then I don't need to sing at all.
—Billie Holiday

The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention.
—Flannery O'Connor

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Quotes of the Week

You'll go through a phase where you will imitate your favorite writers and that's fine because that's a learning experience too.
—J.K. Rowling

A good style should show no sign of effort. What is written should seem to be a happy accident.
—W. Somerset Maugham

Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook.
—Jane Kenyon

Write one good clean sentence and put a period at the end of it. Then write another one.
—M.F.K. Fisher

Do it now—write nothing but what your conviction of its truth inspires you to write.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
—Flannery O’Connor

If I put love into the work, it will find friends.
—Vincent Van Gogh

I write as straight as I can, just as I walk as straight as I can, because that is the best way to get there.
—H.G. Wells

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not caring what anyone else says.
—Gore Vidal

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Quotes of the Week

The function of science fiction is not always to predict the future but sometimes to prevent it.
—Frank Herbert

All writers have this vague hope that the elves will come in the night and finish any stories.
—Neil Gaiman

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
—D. H. Lawrence

Tell a story! Don’t try to impress your reader with style or vocabulary or neatly turned phrases. Tell the story first.
—Anne McCaffrey

Writing is finally about one thing: going into a room and doing it.
—William Goldman

It is impossible to discourage real writers—they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write.
—Sinclair Lewis

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because the people fail to see it.
—James A. Michener

Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction.
—Clint Eastwood

The difference between life and the movies is that a script has to make sense, and life doesn’t.
—Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Well, let them talk. I can take it. Only one person can hurt me. Her name is Ida Lupino.
—Ida Lupino

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

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

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Quotes of the Week

A word, after a word, after a word, is power.
—Margaret Atwood

Work every day. No matter what has happened the day or night before, get up and bite on the nail.
—Ernest Hemingway

I just give myself permission to suck. I delete about 90 percent of my first drafts … so it doesn’t really matter much if on a particular day I write beautiful and brilliant prose...I’m just gonna delete whatever I write anyway. I find this hugely liberating.
—John Green

We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work.
—Thomas A. Edison

Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.
—Jimmy Stewart

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

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.
—Louis L'Amour

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

Fairy tales are more than true not because they tell us that dragons exist but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
—G. K. Chesterton

Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.
—Steven Spielberg


Tuesday Tip: Heart-Break

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Quotes of the Week

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write.
—Anaïs Nin

Maybe the hardest thing in #writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.
—John Steinbeck

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
—Friedrich Nietzsche

I do not write with ease, nor am I ever please with anything I write. And so I rewrite.
—Margaret Mitchell

Write hard and clear about what hurts.
—Ernest Hemingway

Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you're doomed.
—Ray Bradbury

A good editor may spot when something is missing; a bad editor tries to tell you what to put there.
—Mary Lee Settle

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.
—John Muir

The terrible thing about being a writer is that you don’t decide to become one, you discover that you are one.
—James Baldwin

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Quotes of the Week

Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.
—Doris Lessing

The final lesson a writer learns is that everything can nourish the writer. The dictionary, a new word, a voyage, an encounter, a talk on the street, a book, a phrase learned.
—Anaïs Nin

I put myself in the character's shoes, talk to myself until something honest comes out, and write it down.
—Lin-Manuel Miranda

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

Don’t send your first three chapters until they are so good you couldn’t bear changing a word: If you don’t love it, we won’t. You only get one chance to read something for the first time so don’t think you can fix that problem later. There won’t be a later.
—Jonny Geller

Whatever you describe to another person is also a revelation of who you are and who you think you are. You cannot describe anything without betraying your point of view, your aspirations, your fears, your hopes. Everything.
—James Baldwin

The worst enemy to #creativity is self-doubt.
—Sylvia Plath

If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.
—Stephen King

Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.
—Stephen Fry