A (non) Thanksgiving Blogpost

Posted On Nov 26 2013 by

As I understand the rules of blodgom, I am required to write something about Thanksgiving today. Perhaps a long list of the things and people I’m thankful for. Or maybe a short history lesson on the Pilgrim’s voyage that draws a clever parallel to our own spiritual voyage. I always get hung up on the part about the football game. I’m not going to do either of those. Don’t worry, neither am I going to join the liberal fundamentalists who must insist that everything with the word “American” and\or “Tradition” in it must be inherently evil and that we should …


How a Writer should Watch a Movie

Posted On Nov 25 2013 by

This week kicks off the big movie season for Hollywood. Thanksgiving weekend will launch some of the biggest flicks of the year. In fact, Catching Fire, part two of the Hunger Games trilogy, has already opened. It’s on my “to see” list this week. As a writer, though, you shouldn’t just sit and watch these movies. You don’t get to do that. Once you dive into the world of the fiction novelist, reading books and watching movings are homework, not just entertainment. Hopefully they’re both, but I want you to grow as a writer with every book you read and …


Career Writer?

Posted On Nov 18 2013 by

At some point, the average writer will make a decision: to continue writing for pleasure and occasional payment or to make it a career. Either is fine. Some of you may not want the stress of producing words to keep your finances in the green. It’s no easier than clocking into a shop or office every day. And certainly not as stable. For others, though, you may come to the understanding that writing is your greatest skill and should be your primary source of income. If you listen to the statistics, only one or two people in history have ever …


Small Steps

Posted On Sep 28 2013 by

  Edie Melson over at The Write Conversation asked the question today: What small steps are you taking to achieve your goal? It has taken me well over a decade to figure out that this writing process cannot be rushed. Like most writers, even the successful multi-published ones, I have a day job. I must carve out an hour or two a day to invest toward my writing goals. There are no leaps and bounds in the writing business. You follow the process of learning, building relationships, and actually writing (badly at first), or you’ll find yourself in the weeds …


Pre-Apocalyptic Fiction

Posted On Sep 25 2013 by

I’m a fan of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction. Which is a struggle, since I find apocalyptic difficult to type. Books like The Stand and On the Beach, to name a few, have always fascinated me. The intriguing thing about the genre is that the odds of a happy ending are pretty much 50/50. And when there is a happy ending, there’s an asterisk attached. The hero survives!* * But everyone else in the world has been eaten by zombies…bummer. Like most new authors, my choice of genre has been a bit eclectic. I started with supernatural suspense. Then a certain …


Re-Kindled

Posted On Sep 15 2013 by

Writers are supposed to be a solitary lot. We’re supposed to take our laptops and notebooks off to some cafe where we sit in dark corners and pound out novels while sipping cappuccinos and smoking foreign cigarettes. Once published, we can switch to Jameson’s straight up and pipes. This, I believe, is how the world views the life of a writer. And to some extent, it’s true. A novel should not be a group effort. Even the screenwriter eventually gets help from great actors and directors. The writer is very much alone. His or her creation must stand on the …