If you need your characters to be at point X on a specific date for Dramatic Purposes – Halloween, say, or a solar eclipse – write the story as if they get there exactly on that date. Then go back, check your travel times, and edit. It’ll save you a lot of agonizing in the first draft. Continue reading
Book Formatting Review: Mirabile
Okay, this is going to be a slightly odd one. I love the setting. But I give the paperback 5 stars, and the Kindle version 4, or 4.5 at best.
I’ve read both the original paperback put out in the 90s, and now the Kindle version. And while the stories in both are good, Continue reading
Book Progress Update – Formatting Oni
No, not creating odd folklore-inspired programs… though a computer oni might be more plausible than Continue reading
On Writing: Cut and Paste
Sometimes there’s just no substitute for brute force. Continue reading
Writing Progress: Oni the Lonely Trouble Spots
So. On writing drafts.
This may not work for everyone, but I find the best thing for me if I get stuck during writing a book draft, is to leave a note of “X happens here” Continue reading
Crossing Genres; Or, You Got Spaceships In My Fantasy!
Growing up with old books is like growing up with old music. You end up with preferences that may not sort to modern classifications of taste. The overarching category of fantastic fiction predates the modern bookshelf split between fantasy, SF, and horror by several decades, Continue reading
Worldbuilding Rough Update: Wood Be Good
Biggest. Research paper. Ever.
Currently about 2/3 of the way through the third draft of putting together and Continue reading
Worldbuilding: Giving the Index Finger
Rough posts collected, and the most glaring spelling errors and “extra space here” typos vanquished. Now I need to figure out how it all fits together as a book. Continue reading
For the Curious: On Making a Book
Your suggestions that I put together worldbuilding posts into a book were much appreciated, and I thought you guys might like an update. Continue reading
To Have and To Hold… Music
Heard someone cracking up, turned out they’d been put on hold by Customer Service… and for some reason, the hold music was, “That Don’t Impress Me Much”. Continue reading