Learning to Write My Way: A Cautionary Tale

Excellent advice for anyone who wants to write a novel–from Noreen Cedeno at Ink-Stained Wretches

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Don’t do what I did.

First, I learned how to write. Then, I learned how not to write. Then, I had to relearn how to write again.

woman-thinking writingWhen I first started writing, each story was a new adventure with new characters and settings. Stories ideas would come into my brain, marinate for a few days, and then I’d start working. I didn’t make a conscious plan to create stories in any particular genre. I wrote stories for me, telling the stories I wanted to tell as the ideas came to me. Having analyzed and written short stories during my education, the process came naturally to me. I simply sat down and began working, knowing the story needed a strong opening, rising action, a climax, and a dénouement.

As I grew more confident in my work and began submitting my short stories to magazines, I thought I’d figured out how to…

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Comicpalooza Day 2: Moppets & More

Official business completed, we spent several hours wandering through the Comicpalooza exhibit hall. Passing by a panel in discussion mode, I heard a young woman say that when she first became involved in cosplay,  she was shocked that strangers came up and touched her. She wasn't prepared for that. I wasn't prepared to hear they … Continue reading Comicpalooza Day 2: Moppets & More

Comicpalooza Day 1: Men’s Rooms, Thor, & Lumbar Support

We're in Houston for the screening of David's short-short animated video, "Blood Bank." Before most trips, I stay up half the night doing laundry, but last night I stayed up cooking pot roast. The fixings had been around for several days--I'd told David to buy them and I would cook, but then life got in … Continue reading Comicpalooza Day 1: Men’s Rooms, Thor, & Lumbar Support

Author, Author: Josephine Tey–Occupying the Hinterland

About the inimitable mystery writer Josephine Tey

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by M. K. Waller

On his twenty-first birthday, Simon Ashby will become a rich man. He’ll inherit both his mother’s fortune and Latchetts, the estate left by his parents on their accidental death eight years ago. In the interim, his aunt Bee has, by skillful management, built Latchetts into a profitable farm and riding stable.

The other Ashby children—Simon’s sisters, nineteen-year-old Eleanor and nine-year-old twins Jane and Ruth—look forward to his  becoming master of Latchetts. Bee’s pleasure is marred only by the memory of Patrick, Simon’s twin, who shortly after their parents’ death disappeared, a presumed suicide.

Six weeks before Simon’s birthday, however, a stranger calling himself Brat Farrar appears and claims to be the long-lost Patrick. He looks like Simon, remembers everything Patrick should, has a reasonable explanation for his long absence, and—a striking distinction—knows and loves horses. Initially skeptical, Bee is yet open to the possibility of Brat’s…

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Weird Again in Houston

  The Davises are off to Houston next weekend for Comicpalooza and the screening of David's short-short animated video, "Blood Bank." Whatever you're thinking "Blood Bank" is about, it's probably not. David's films are weird. That's guaranteed. Otherwise, they're unpredictable. Totally. According to publicity, Animation Shorts comprises "Short film finalists in the Comicpalooza Film Festival … Continue reading Weird Again in Houston