Santa’s Got a Brand New App

Santa finally updates his Naughty List processing. But what happens when a mischievous boy gets his hands on it? Just in time for the holidays! This short story is available from Amazon, Smashwords, as a PDF, and downloadable .epub or .mobi file for free. Happy holidays to all!

Stalled

I just checked the date stamp on my WIP and I haven’t touched the file since 26 October! I’ve gotten caught up in querying both News from Ludicrous and Charley Finds Her Family, and obsessively checking Query Tracker and my email. Bad author! I just don’t seem to have the motivation to get back into The […]

Trouble writing complex, flawed characters?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a good resource to study if you want to write witty, snappy dialogue with really good pacing. Today I want to talk about a resource to study when you want to create complex, very human characters: Garden State, written and directed by Zach Braff (more widely known […]

Astonishingly bad editorial feedback

In a Facebook group this morning, a reference to this blog post by Leonard Chang surfaced*. As an editor, I was astonished by the lack of sensitivity shown by this editor. This person actually thinks it’s okay for the author to have his character look in the mirror and “show how she sees her slanted […]

Crossing Genres

Have you ever been wandering happily along, writing your stuff, thinking you’ll be an [insert genre] writer forever and then BAM! you get inspiration in some radically different direction? Well I have. I’m still querying my women’s fiction manuscript, and trying to prod myself back into the paranormal manuscript. And now, suddenly, I have a […]

Witty dialogue

My husband and I went to a theatre last night to see a screening of the National Theatre Live production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, starring Daniel Radcliffe. We have long been fans of the movie version of this play with Gary Oldman and Tim Roth, but had no idea just how much was […]

Redesign

I was never very good at keeping up with this blog, as you can see if you go through the archives. I started it for my copyediting, but I’ve now decided it’s better to redesign it and repurpose it for my own writing. I have one completed novel manuscript (finally!) for which I am currently […]

Limited Availability in October

I will be unavailable for new projects for the month of October. I will be attending an intensive, full-time course for the full month and will not have the time to devote to editing or design work. I will still be checking email and answering questions, but if you have any work you need done […]

Writing Workshop Lesson 10: Polishing Your Work

Workshop Introduction Polishing Your Work When you’ve finished your first draft, you should put it away in a drawer for some length of time—a day, a week, a month—how long is up to you, but the longer you can go without looking at it, the fresher your perspective will be when it’s time to revise. […]

Writing Workshop Lesson 9: Tension and Climax

Workshop Introduction Tension and Climax Your story must build tension all the way through, up to the climax. Each scene should add a little bit more. If not, it will feel flat and boring to the reader. But you don’t want to start off too strong, too soon, or you’ll wear the reader out. Tension […]