Hump-day Chapter, eh?

Well, I posted my intelligent (or not) post at Castle Debacle  so I figured I’d post Chapter 5 here today.  The disclaimer dejoir would be to watch out for falling em dashes!  I was in love with those things in my early, formative years. I also had this habit of writing dialog, then action, then dialog…

5 weird things

Five weird facts – since Ed tagged Pete and Carrie, and Pete tagged Lori and I, here you go: 1) I was born on April Fools Day, was an “accident” and my parents were hoping for a boy, and were going to name me Michael. Not really weird, I guess, but I use it as an excuse…

Melodrama, I haz it.

Writing a novel, then editing, polishing, editing some more: 3-6 months. Writing a query letter good enough to catch an agent’s eye: 2-4 weeks. Researching agents that are legitimate, accepting queries and have made sales this century: 1-4 weeks for round 1. Waiting to hear back from partials and requested pages: 6 – 18 months.…

friday chapter comes early today

I’m going out tonight. My sister’s office is having their holiday party at the Yacht Club, and they get to bring significant others – and insignificant others, as in my case 😀  So at the end of my work day today, I’m bringing in the change of clothes sitting in my car, changing, and headin’…

she blinded me, with science!

Writing Science Fiction requires a knowledge of bolognium, a word author Larry Niven invented to explain inventions SF authors come up with that don’t or can’t exist. Warp Drives and Worm Holes and Time Shifts Oh My! Your average reader is going to overlook your bolognium if, and only if, it makes perfect sense within…

Two-fer Tuesday

In order to keep you guessing, and so this won’t take until April 24th since that’s really kind of ridiculous, I’m posting Chapter 3 of: When the Stars Walk Backwards. And since I like to include a little disclaimer with each posting – to save face, as it were – again keep in mind this…

He said, She said.

Dialog tags (or dialogue tags if you prefer, I don’t) are considered invisible – that is, if they’re not overused or abused or made to appear ridiculous. And by that I mean, we’re told the reader’s eye seemlessly flys over the term: he said. as if it weren’t even there. Dialog tags keep track of who’s speaking,…

Friday Project Chapter 2

I’ve decided not to trunicate the chapter this time – it’s when you click to Read More that you get the squished margins, thanks to this template, and I love this template too much to switch. Black is so very slimming, yanno. So here’s Chapter 2 – what I call the Emo Character (I feel…

Quickie plug-like thing

“Serious writers doing serious writing with pens . . . Seriously” Are you a serious writer, interested in working hard to add words to your newest novel? Are you unafraid to try something new, or anxiously yearning for the days of old, before computers invaded our lives? Does the idea of hand cramps give you…

O Catscratch tree!

O Catscratch Tree O Catscratch Tree How shredded are thy branches! O Catscratch Tree O Catscratch Tree How shredded are thy branches! You’re dragged around my house all day Pine pitch in fur won’t go away O Catscratch Tree O Catscratch Tree How shredded are thy branches! I moved out of my mother’s house after…