Here's a taste of my current work in progress. Potential titles are "Beleryn" or "Three-Blood Prince." It's an urban fantasy involving primarily Celtic mythology and the Fae Courts. This is Chapter One. Let me know if it catches your attention. J.D. pulled his hood tighter around his face, trying to protect his cheeks from the … Continue reading In Progress
The fiction writer is a creator of worlds and a purveyor of dreams. In his mind he sees things that no one has ever seen before, experiences events never before witnessed, for until he has dreamed them, they have not yet begun to exist. With her words she brings her visions into our world, into … Continue reading Creator of Worlds
Or He Said, She Said Let's take a look at dialogue. In particular, the use of the word “said” vs. other alternatives. Deciding which way to go can be confusing. Basically, there are two ends of the spectrum on this issue: School A says: Avoid overuse of the word “said.” Vary the text up using … Continue reading He Interjected, She Exclaimed
Once, I was working on a scene in Reborn, and I was thinking of how to describe a certain creature’s claws. Although a bit clichéd, I briefly considered using the phrase “razor sharp.” Then it occurred to me: the Far Land Trilogy is set in a completely different world. Although certain words and phrases are … Continue reading What’s a Razor?
I recently finished a science fiction book that made me feel like I was wading through a hip-deep swamp of adjectives and adverbs. It was really unfortunate, because the excessive (and repetitive) use of descriptive words and phrases completely overwhelmed what was actually a rather interesting premise. I forged through just to see where the … Continue reading Sometimes a Pencil is Just a Pencil