To Ban or Not to Ban … Should Not Even Be a Question

First read this article and this post will make more sense.  Okay, now that you’re back… To ban a book or not ban it shouldn’t even be a question. For me, it isn’t one I’ve ever pondered. I’ve never agreed with banning books. And parents, don’tcha know that as soon as you tell kids they can’t do … More To Ban or Not to Ban … Should Not Even Be a Question

A Certain Slant of Light

I see you in a certain slant of light, a glimpse of tousled hair and a sleepy grin in the graceful radiance of a fresh spring morning; or a flash of skin, kissed golden, sun-drenched and warmed by the lazy beams of a sultry summer afternoon; or in pensive silhouette against a blazing autumn sky, painted red and gold and orange as evening claims the waning day; or washed … More A Certain Slant of Light

Polly Perfect … Perfectly Boring?

Let’s talk characters today. More to the point, let’s talk about characters with serious personality flaws. The following text is an excerpt from a review of Condemned on “I also have a problem with the heroine making stupid choices especially when it drives apart her marriage. It reminds me of those insipid romance stories with all … More Polly Perfect … Perfectly Boring?

Of Clones & Confessions- oh, and Happy Independence Day!

I realize I don’t blog as much as I should. I’m sitting here right now while Long-Suffering Spouse, WonderBoy, and La Princessa are recovering from a walk with the buttercup (which temporarily ended my daily Dora the Explorer purgatory), thinking about stress. They say confession is good for the soul. You know why? It relieves … More Of Clones & Confessions- oh, and Happy Independence Day!

Out of Step

‎”I passionately hate the idea of being with it; I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time. ”  Orson Welles Amen, brother.  While I completely understand the necessity of saturating a topic or sub-genre in the traditional publishing world – after all, they have to bank on what is already … More Out of Step

Burning the Rulebook

There’s something that has always bothered me: “the rulebook” of do’s and don’ts in writing fiction. Prologues, apparently, are out, as are dream sequences, passive voice, antiheroes, and adverbs. *shameless plug here for my unofficial Save the Adverbs campaign*  Have a plausible plot, yes; I failed in the regard in the first draft of Office … More Burning the Rulebook