Elements of Craft: The Syntactical Contortions of “Creative” Dialogue Tags

I would really, really, really, love it if people took to the habit of understanding the meaning of words before they used them. I know it’s a lot to ask, but bear with me anyway. You want to get creative? That’s fine. Lots of ways to do that. Dialogue tags are, however, most definitely notContinue reading “Elements of Craft: The Syntactical Contortions of “Creative” Dialogue Tags”

A rejection is an opinion, not a death sentence (part one)

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” – Norman Vincent Peale One-point-two million words. Two-hundred-and-seventy stories. Six editors. Why sign up to write six stories in six weeks without knowing a single thing about what you were going to be asked to write? Well,Continue reading “A rejection is an opinion, not a death sentence (part one)”

My first post at superversivesf.com

Check out my first post for the wonderful people at Superversive SF. –Hard Sci-fi Made Me Cry– Tired of the remakes, the reboots, the “let’s see how much more blood we can squeeze out of this turnip” output of today’s Hollywood? I think you’ll find Passengers a refreshing change.

Seeing the light on romance

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 honestlyContinue reading “Seeing the light on romance”