Fantasy Language

While considering the massive amount of effort that goes into creating a believable fantasy language, I had to recall where I heard the first one. I do believe the first time I was conscious of one would be the book and then the movie, “A Clockwork Orange”. “There was me, that is Alex, and my … More Fantasy Language

How to Synopsis

Like many of us, I hate writing a Synopsis for any of my stories. “Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.”  –Gene Fowler After a bit of research on more than a dozen websites, I’ve narrowed it down to a … More How to Synopsis

You Have a Story?

Everyone has a story. The difference is whether one wishes to take the time and trouble to share their story. At one point or another, every author is approached with some variation of the following… “I’ve got this great idea for a story that is sure to make millions. How about I tell it, you … More You Have a Story?

Play List

Sassy over at Alternative Read, reminded me that some folks like to know what their favorite author is listening to when not beating on their keyboard. With that in mind, here’s what I’ve been listening to, today. All of these are available on YouTube. Low Spark of High Heeled Boys – Traffic Sweet Child O’ … More Play List

The First Vampire

Contrary to popular opinion, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is not the first English language vampire story. That credit goes to Lord George Gordon Byron, in 1813. His epic poem, The Giaour, has some chilling vampiric scenes that later authors, including Dr. Polidori, have applied to the legends. Some folks credit Lord Byron’s personal physician with the … More The First Vampire

New and Improved!

This has been an incredibly busy weekend. I got the bill from the hosting service I’ve been using for the past four years. Each year, they have raised their rates. Now I do understand business and the need to keep up with inflation, but to jump 20%+ in a year? No thank you. I’ve been … More New and Improved!

Kissing the Hand

The rush, stress, and practicalities of modern life have cost us more than we know. Many of the polite acts of chivalry have been abandoned. I know that a strong, modern woman is fully capable of opening their own restaurant door, but I feel it is my duty as a gentleman to graciously hold it … More Kissing the Hand

An Author’s Journey: Part Five – Self Publishing

A few years back a good friend patiently explained something to me. “There are two parts to becoming a published author. One is the craft of writing and the other is the business of writing. They are two entirely different skillsets.” He was quite right. These days, the business of self publishing not only includes … More An Author’s Journey: Part Five – Self Publishing