I just finished reading Karen Marie Moning's Darkfever, the first book in her Fever series. Two things precipitated the purchase: recommendation from a friend and part of my continuing education (specifically following Dean Wesley Smith's advice to read for pleasure and then study the pleasurable reads from long-time, best-selling authors). Moning's Darkfever met both those… Continue reading Learning experience: The right way to do first person
This is my take on Kindle Unlimited, not as a writer, but as a reader. I have not tried KU as a writer, and as of right now, my inclination is to avoid it like the plague. I don't know if my experience with it is typical, but it was very interesting, and not at… Continue reading My experience with Kindle Unlimited
If you want to get updates on this blog or on my writings, please either follow this blog or follow me on my Facebook author page or on my personal page, whichever suits you best. I will not be collecting sign-ups for a newsletter or e-mailing updates. It's got to do with the nightmare that is Mailchimp… Continue reading Staying in touch
In fiction, flashbacks are scenes that take place in the past (i.e. not current/running story time) and some readers (supposedly) hate them so much they skip them. Here's a great "flashback" from L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright, on "...the constant struggle between the efforts to entertain and the efforts to spread a message." Even if you're the kind of… Continue reading More on serving the needs of drama
The first Star Wars movie (now called "A New Hope") opens with a poor farm boy who wants to be a pilot. Luke embarks on what's known as "the hero's journey" complete with an initial refusal of "the call" to be a hero, and a mentor. Classic stuff. I'm a fan of the original version.… Continue reading Double standards – a “Strong Female Character” retelling of Star Wars
I have to admit, the last person I thought I'd see with an essay in Ardeur: 14 Writers on the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series was L. Jagi Lamplighter. I'd read several of the books in the Anita Blake series after a co-worker got me hooked. I did not stay a devotee of the series. I honestly… Continue reading Seeing the light on romance
I got the following email today. If you recall, a year ago I put up a scientific survey for an actual scientist friend of mine. (I’ve toured his lab, he is doing some crazy Matrix brain stuff in there). He is doing some fantastic work though, which has the potential to help millions of people.… via… Continue reading Turn yourself into a lab rat… For science!
I understand word count limitations. I really do. After administering a contest, how could I not? First, you have to be able to do an apples-to-apples comparison, and second, there are still--despite numerous sacrificial offerings consisting of REM cycles, fluffy cotton sheets, and clock parts--only 24 hours in a day. So here I am, happily… Continue reading When words don’t add up
While we were in Lost Wages--I mean, Las Vegas--last week, I got a publication offer. I signed the contract today AND I'm putting the finishing touches on an urban fantasy short story. It's a bit tongue-in-cheek, aimed at UF tropes, and courtesy of a few half-days stuck in a hotel room.