Writing to Write

  As Jane Austen famously said: I am not at all in a humour for writing; I must write on till I am. Having trouble getting into the groove here so I thought I'd warm up with a blog post. Maybe it's the terrible weather we've been having. Almost every day for the last three … Continue reading Writing to Write

Cast of Players

I've been mulling over the vampire novel, and decided I need another character, another foil. It just wasn't working with the characters already in there, I need more people. So, I'm expanding the cast by at least one, possibly more later. You know what this means, right? MASSIVE re-write coming. Got some ass-kicking to do … Continue reading Cast of Players

Out, Out, Damned Words!

UPDATE: I've put up a new page with the chapter in question. You can find it under the Fiction tab, labeled "Revenants Abroad." After consulting with my beta reader/editor (aka GypsyScarlett)  I'm cutting the first two chapters from the vampire novel and going back to the original opener, which had become Chapter Three. I feel … Continue reading Out, Out, Damned Words!

I need to pay more attention

How did I miss the beginning of this? By a roundabout route I won't go into and bore you with, I found an amazing thread going on at Black Gate magazine, initiated by Robert Sawyer on his own blog, posing the question, "Are the days of the full-time novelist numbered?". If you've not read any … Continue reading I need to pay more attention

Are Novels Just for Girls?

I ran across this quote today, and I wasn't sure what to make of it: 'Reading groups, readings, breakdowns of book sales all tell the same story: when women stop reading, the novel will be dead.' Ian McEwan I didn't know the context of it, so I didn't know what point he was trying to … Continue reading Are Novels Just for Girls?