Category Archives: fiction

Goodreads Giveaway: Mouth of the Lion

Enter for a chance to win one of 10 paperback copies of my historical novel/espionage thriller, “In the Mouth of the Lion.”  The Giveaway ends in about 1 month (February 16, 2017). For details, follow this link to Goodreads: giveaway … Continue reading

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The 85th Anniversary of the Death of Geli Raubal

One morning in Munich, on September 19th, 1931, Adolf Hitler’s 23 year old girlfriend, Geli Raubal, was found dead in her room, the windows and door locked, her key on the inside. On a couch beside her lay Hitler’s small … Continue reading

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In the Mouth of the Lion proofs

The morning after uploading my cover and text files for In the Mouth of the Lion to CreateSpace, I got a notice that the input files met CS specs. I put in an order for four proof copies. A little … Continue reading

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In the Mouth of the Lion uploaded

Tonight, during and after dinner, I uploaded the PDF file for In the Mouth of the Lion to CreateSpace, along with the front cover, and four blurbs for the back cover. I used CS’s “Cover Creator,” choosing a cover layout … Continue reading

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Flawed Heroes & Detective Stories

Heroes are a bit boring if they’re perfect. Not everybody has picked up on this, though. In fact, as we speak, there are new writers e-scribbling about “handsome Pewsey P. Prattwarble” and his beauteous light of love, Patrice von Ditzenberg, … Continue reading

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Fiction Punchlist for Writers

The following punchlist was originally intended for use in the Vision & Revision Workshop when rewriting novels. There’s nothing quite as embarrassing as opening a copy of your book fresh from the printer and finding that something vital has been … Continue reading

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Bulwer-Lytton Contest Entry

From her high-up window in the attic of the old Suggins home, a run-down, ramshackle, hodge-podge of add-ons, lean-tos, and converted outbuildings that mercifully obscured the original structure, now devoid of paint these many decades, Becky Sue Suggins looked out … Continue reading

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My new screenplay, Part 5

I’ve noted that as a screenplay, the events in Temple of Isis become more shocking. I’m a bit worried that although I have made the story understandable to modern audiences, it has added shock value due to the immediacy of … Continue reading

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Character Arcs & Flaws

In case you’ve not already been taught this, it’s considered mandatory that your hero have a flaw, something for him/her to overcome, something to provide an inner journey while shooting up the world with an AK-47 on the outer levels, … Continue reading

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My new screenplay, Part 4

The play has been converted to a Final Draft document. I now need to clean up the formatting, convert narrator lines back to action, and prepare character studies. At this point, I’m not sure who the screenplay version protagonist is! … Continue reading

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