Category Archives: the human condition

Beta Readers Wanted

I’ve slated another book for release this year. It’s currently in third draft, an enrichment draft where details will be fleshed out and the character’s arc enhanced. The current word count is 21,000, well into novella* territory, with about 80 … Continue reading

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A Quotation for Our Times

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana (1863-1952)

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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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Books From Long Ago

Jodie, over at Words Read and Written, posed the question today, “Which book has been on your shelves the longest? Which book has survived all your clean outs, trips to the second hand bookstore, book swaps, and garage sales?” This … Continue reading

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Can you write when you’re tired?

If I write when I’m tired, often the work isn’t my best. Still, there will be some useful sections at the end of the day, or at least a good start for the next, though I’ll have to do more … 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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Being Mentally Strong

There’s a great article By Paul Hudson called “20 Things That Mentally Strong People Don’t Do.” From the article: “…piling on more and more often has a negative effect, rather than a positive one. Among the mentally strong, there are … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman Commencement Address 2012

If you haven’t seen this, you should take a few minutes, relax and watch one of the best, most honest speeches I’ve ever seen. Gaiman has a lot to say to artists and writers in a few words: H/t lightningdroplets.wordpress.com/ … Continue reading

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