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 Dalí

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

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Quotes of the Week

Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader's.
—Stephen King

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

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

A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.
—Sidney Sheldon

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
—Henry Ward Beecher

Writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait two years to know whether or not it was funny.
—Alain de Botton

Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.
—Henry David Thoreau

One day I will find the right words and they will be simple.
—Jack Kerouac

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

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
—Pablo Picasso

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

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Four years of Drink Coffee, Make Stuff Up!

It has been an excellent four years with a lot of change. This was the first comic I published. Fun stuff.

The biggest change between then and now was quitting my day job and becoming a full-time author. That was over a year ago now. Of late, we have sold the house and will be moving to a sweet new home.

Life is good.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Quotes of the Week

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

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

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

f you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
—W. Somerset Maugham

Remember to recognize the small successes that you will have. Don't let the brightness of that big goal blind you to what happens on the way toward the goal. Meet one wave at a time and enjoy what progress you make.
—Lucille Ball

No one has ever written a romance novel better than we live it.
—Lauren Bacall

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
—Anton Chekhov

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

Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
—Mark Twain

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

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

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Quotes of the Week

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

Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up in your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.
—Jack London

This is the extraordinary thing about #creativity: If just you keep your mind resting against the subject in a friendly but persistent way, sooner or later you will get a reward from your unconscious.
—John Cleese

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

Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.
—Stephen King

A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
—Isaac B. Singer

If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.
—Terry Pratchett