Four Little Words That Will Change Your Life

Are you trying to make a change? Trying to chart a new course for your life? If so, tell me: What do you want to be? Now ask yourself one question: What are you? What are you? It may sound like an odd question, but how you answer it will play a large part in … Continue reading Four Little Words That Will Change Your Life

For Your Reading Pleasure…

Here is the opening chapter of my latest release, Redemption's Edge, entitled Brothers. I hope you enjoy it. Redemption's Edge Brothers "Come on, Tadpole, put your back into it then. Or do you need me to help you with that mighty bale of hay?" Kelwyn clenched his teeth at the sound of the familiar voice … Continue reading For Your Reading Pleasure…

He Interjected, She Exclaimed

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

What’s a Razor?

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?

It’s Not a Competition. Is It?

Once upon a time while surfing the web, I came across this as a suggested writing prompt: What author’s career are you most jealous of? Why? As I read that, my first reaction was: Why should I be jealous of another author’s success? jeal·ous adj. 1) Fearful or wary of being supplanted; apprehensive of losing … Continue reading It’s Not a Competition. Is It?

Sometimes a Pencil is Just a Pencil

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