Asterisms

Asterisms may refer to a small group of stars that aren’t a constellation yet still have a name. That’s not what I’m writing about today. I’m writing about asterisms in a piece of writing. Those are the three asterisks in a row that denote the passing of time in a story, or sometimes minor breaksĀ in Read More…

Gender Neutral Pronouns

I know what you’re all thinking. “What does this Male Hetero CIS think of gender neutral pronouns?” Yes, I will acknowledge that I don’t really have any skin in the game, and that I’m privileged enough to have my gender be considered the neutral pronoun for the last few thousand years. It’s awkward, though. In Read More…

Waiting For Inspiration

My wife often wonders how my mind works. I get my ideas from all over the place, and I’m a little bit weird. Adequately weird, I think. A few weeks ago I was feeling restless. I’ve been working on rewrites for a long time now. Months, really, and I was feeling I’d like to take Read More…

Buy My Book!

Hey everyone! You should really buy my book, Lemons on Venus. It’s awesome. It’s a book of short stories, five of them in total, some short and some the length of a novelette. There’s the haunting opening story After Momma Died Carrying The Jelly Baby, which is an award-winning short story. There’s also the disturbing Read More…

Edit Out Loud

I’m doing a lot of editing these days. We’re approaching the final workshop for my novel The Real World Monitor, and I’m doing a huge rewrite of my second novel, Schism. I also have a number of short stories which I’m going over, so I’m spending a lot of time going over my writing, changing Read More…

Don’t Get Defensive

I know I talk about my writing group a lot. I love my writing group. They’re awesome. But we did have someone join our group for one meeting. A lot of our group didn’t like her writing, although I kind of liked the frantic nature of her work and the way she jumped from idea Read More…

Rewrite Rewrite Rewrite

As I said in my previous post, I’m working on a novel called Schism. I’m in the rewriting process now, and I have to say, it’s a lot of fun. When I started the novel, I wanted it to be about a punk rocker. I was a punk, so I’m an expert in the punk Read More…

March 10, 2017 Writing Update

I originated this blog with the idea that I would talk about my thoughts on writing, ideas that my writing group comes up with, and update everyone on how my writing is going. I’ve done pretty well on the first two! Mind you, my day job does interfere with my blogging, but I kind of Read More…

Italics and Parentheses

This is a topic that people get really passionate about. I don’t really understand why, because really, it tends to be personal choice. But here’s my opinion. I don’t like italics. I know the author is just telling me how to read something, and it’s fine for them to tell you which words need emphasis, Read More…