Character quirks

I've been listening to my first Raymond Chandler novel, The Big Sleep, and it's a lot better written and a lot less sexist than I'd expected.¬† What has stood out to me so far is how good he is at quickly putting a clear picture of a new character in your head. All of the …

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Too many books

I keep buying them. There will be a sale on kindle, or I'll buy one book thinking I'm going to read it next, then get another one instead... many reasons. But it's led to me having more than a dozen books waiting in line to be read. If only I could read faster! But if …

Book catch up #1, Hemingway, Hawingway

I've been reading a lot of books and not posting about them! So here's the first of some 'what I've been reading' catch up posts: The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway: I read For Whom the Bell Tolls a while back, and was underwhelmed, though parts of it did make me feel, and the end …

Oops, I forgot about blog

Habits sure are easy to break. I have been writing a lot of short stories lately, and trying to edit my novel, and doing a lot of stuff for Lucent Dreaming. Let's see, what's been going on... I've written 22 stories this year so far, though some of them are very very short, and some …

Back on the wagon again again

All that talk about blogging again and I go on vacation for 2 weeks and don't blog. oops. I read a book while I was away, called How Fiction Works, by James Wood. It was great, I read it in just a few days cause I couldn't stop. I learned a lot from it, and …

give it away

I haven't sold a story in over 5 years, and I'd like to think that I've improved in those 5 years... so that leads me to believe that even if my writing is technically better, I must not be writing what sells. I thought for a minute that I'd better find out what sells, and …

when you want them to fail

I've just started listening to The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, which is about a missionary family traveling to the Congo. I'm only a short way in, but I'm feeling a sort of anticipation for all the horrible things I know are going to happen to these people. They are described with just the right …