I Wrote a Fantasy Novel

And it was really hard. . . I will admit it. Game of Thrones got to me. Until the disastrous final season, I was seduced back into the fantasy realm I loved as a kid. And as a result, I dove into A Song of Ice and Fire books, reading them in rapid succession untilContinue reading “I Wrote a Fantasy Novel”

Breaking Down Show, Don’t Tell

Show, don’t tell is a considered a tenet of good writing, but what does it mean exactly? Robert McKee’s Story has a chapter on exposition that breaks it down nicely. One thing (there are many) I appreciate about McKee’s book is the respect he gives the audience (or reader). He writes how audience members gainContinue reading “Breaking Down Show, Don’t Tell”

What is Good Writing?

Story guru Robert McKee asserts that the writer’s goal should always be to create a “good story well told” (italics by McKee). A simple statement, but hard to achieve. Some people are naturally gifted storytellers. They turn a trip to the grocery store into an epic battle of good and evil. Another not-so-talented storyteller willContinue reading “What is Good Writing?”

How to Write a Novel

Before I mislead anyone with that highly original blog title, please know what follows is simply an explanation of how I’ve managed to write an average of three full-length novels a year, a bunch of short stories, and a novella or two. Now, I know there is plenty of online advice about how to writeContinue reading “How to Write a Novel”

New Release!

I hope everyone is doing well during our current global crisis. Since I was laid off from my job, I’ve been naturally doing a lot of reading and writing. One project I had on the back burner that I finally had time to complete is compiling my YA paranormal series, The Dark Hollow Chronicles, intoContinue reading “New Release!”

Call for Submissions for New Booktubers/Authortubers Horror Anthology

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 31, 2020 Calling for horror short stories written by authors with active Booktube/Authortube channels. I’m looking for a diverse group of authors for this first (possibly annual) anthology, so please don’t hesitate to submit. Genre: Horror, including suspense, mystery, and weird fiction. Theme: Local Haunts. Scary stories from your part of the world,Continue reading “Call for Submissions for New Booktubers/Authortubers Horror Anthology”

‘Dark’ is Delicious

I know a TV show is exceptional (or at least exceptionally complicated) when I start rewatching from the beginning because I know I missed things. With Netflix’s German-language time-travel series, Dark, there is a lot to miss. But unlike some mind-bending shows—I love Twin Peaks, but yeah—this one rewards deep detective work. For this reason alone, it’sContinue reading “‘Dark’ is Delicious”

New Book Release

I’ve been horribly neglectful of my blog. There’s a reason for that. Since I began my YouTube channel last summer, all of my energy not spent on life and writing (and trying to maintain a crappy herb garden) goes into making two to three BookTube/AuthorTube videos a week. I’m having tons of fun doing it,Continue reading “New Book Release”

Happy Halloween

October 31st is horror fans’ official holiday. This year I’m celebrating by dressing up as my favorite screen character, Baby Jane Hudson. I guess I’ve entered my Grande Dame Guignol years. I embrace it. I look forward to scaring the children on my doorstep this year. Below are a few of my favorite Grand Dame’s,Continue reading “Happy Halloween”