I was organizing my writing folders and re-read a novel I wrote. It’s unpublished and might well remain unpublished forever. It has pretty huge problems. Mostly because it’s one giant introduction to world & characters. I really struggled with making a plot for it at all. But it’s all really important stuff that sets up the second… Continue reading Writing: Introduction or Novel?
This occurred to me only recently, but it is too true: If you have to use “if” to qualify something, it’s probably bad. IF gets used to cover up an insult or negative feedback instead of just having the spine to stand up to your own comment. Look at these examples: If this had more… Continue reading Manners: Is “if” a bad word?
I was in middle school when my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I only vaguely remember the night she called my parents from the Home Depot (about 3-4 miles from HER house) and admitted she was lost. Grandma didn’t know how to get home from there and she needed my parents to come rescue… Continue reading Life Memories: My namesake
Netflix relatively recently changed from a 5-star rating skill to “thumbs up” and “thumbs down.” I hate it. And yes, I do mean “active dislike and will try to get this changed somehow” level of negative emotion. I can’t stand polar rating systems. I know, this is a level of nerd – hating something so inane… Continue reading Review: Rating System(s)
Kiera Cass’s Selection Books: The Selection, The Elite, The One was cheesy and fun to read. I borrowed the audiobooks from the library, so these were my to-and-from-work commute books and they were perfect for that. The world-building was a little weak in the first book, but she definitely built it up over the course of… Continue reading Review: The Selection (series)
I don’t know how this happens, but it is frequent enough that I know it does. The worst I had was a debt collector who just would not believe I wasn’t “Simon.” Pretty sure my voice is not that deep… Someone dials the wrong number and just does not believe the person answering is NOT… Continue reading Humor: I am not a pizza place
I have a character talking to me in my brain and I can’t replicate his voice on paper. It is the most frustrating thing. I know what he sounds like and looks like and feels like in my head, but somehow when I put my fingers to keys I can’t replicate it. I feel like a… Continue reading Writing: A Character’s Voice