Four Stars for Far Out

Big Al’s Books & Pals Top indie review site, Big Al’s Books & Pals, awarded four stars for Far Out. You can imagine how Saffron feels about that, probably the same as I do. Far Out is a YA fantasy about 17 year-old Saffron, whose ambition is to become a herbalist and create cosmetic and healing […]

Fighting Yer Demons

On the nose? They’ll punch yer lights out If you are so unsubtle as to mention fighting yer demons, or his, or hers, or theirs. Screenwriters, don’t, please. Not unless you are strictly within a supernatural, vampire or fantasy genre, and safely enclosed in the charmed circle of salt. As a long form fiction writer […]

BLANK

‘What you got Marsha?’ ‘Someone sent me a card. It’s mine. Get off.’ ‘Who’s it from?’ ‘Get off! Hey!’ ‘It’s blank.’ ‘It’s a Valentine, dummy.’ ‘You gotta boyfriend and you never told me.’ ‘I do not have a boyfriend.’ ‘Who’s got a see-cret ad-myr-ah?’ ‘Piss off Jen.’ ‘Is it lame Derek?’ ‘You’re just jealous. Gimme […]

Keen

Two writer friends discuss the difficulties of getting published. “You need a good beginning.” “How about, It was a dark and stormy night?” “No! Cliché! Cliché! Cliché!” “You talk about clichés with those exclamation marks? Wash your prose out with soap and water.” “The WP will do it. Find and replace; search and destroy…” “I […]

Ten Animation Movies With Heart

Genre-Rama Since I’m working on an adventure comedy animation story right now, I thought I’d collect ten animation movies with heart that inspire my writing. I love genre movies. They often take a bad rap. I don’t think the term ‘B Movie’ is officially used any more, but I’ve heard it bandied about in real […]

Screw Everything Just Write

Second Skin, With Warts Calloused old hack I may be (fingers not soul, we hope).  I think I’ve grown the extra skin of resistance every writer needs to survive the slings and arrows of outrageous feedback, but even I find it hard these days not to be pulled every which way by the wealth of […]