Profane vs Profanity?

My love for creative profanity has been well documented in some of my earlier writings (although my satirical skills are still in their infancy, thus explaining my joyful potty mouth.) But, seriously Peeps, is there anything more entertaining then well crafted insults that ignore the boundaries of good taste? Is profanity limited to the bad…

Another Immutable Writerly Rule

  Treat the below items like the puss filled sebaceous cysts they are and excise them from your manuscript: Obvious/assumed actions and redundant informational  phrases:   Tricky Dick Mugillacutty picked up a slice of pizza in his hand, brought it to his mouth and took a bite. Unless gluttonous acts of pizza perversity are in…

Crimes are committed in romance too…

Okay peeps and peepettes, for those not in the know, Mondays are my Twitter day. I spend a better part of the day playing with a game called #MondayBlogs. I spend the day discovering cool blog posts that others have found or created, and I share the same. But today, I came across what in…

Not Your Mother’s English

English is alive. It grows, changes. Mutating like the forgotten cheese hiding in the back corner of the refrigerator behind the blueberry beer bought two years ago (PMS impulse buy;)  its once pumpkin orange skin, now a green and white mottled velvet. This was never more apparent than when my mom started beta reading Dead…

Virual Romance Festing Instead of Literal Editing. I’ve been bad…

So my peeps and peepers, I’ve fallen behind… Again. Convincing myself I was still working (I’m extremely gullible, so it wasn’t very hard,) I spent the weekend attending the virtual Romance Festival. And now my brain is buzzing with new ideas, new story-lines and plot-twists. Strange and wonderful characters (some a little scary) are pinging…

The Summer Mom went Crazy

 Paladin of Lost Causes This is my requiem To tradition, the Old Guard Blamed, belittled, castigated, Bombastically harangued in bellicose derision Casualties of iconoclastic mendacity I am the paladin of lost causes This is my lamentation To tolerance Obsequious, timorous, reticent Chary of a ubiquitous double standard Dogmatic chauvinism practiced with malevolent hubris I am…

She said what?

Punctuating dialogue is a nit-picky field of grey  quicksand. And one of the most confusing aspects is speech attribution. You can use dialogue tags to explicitly state who said what… “Fuck you Bitch!” she said, opening up a can of whup-ass. Or action  to imply who’s speaking. “The spots on your glasses are driving me…

We can all go to Stanford… Free!

As promised in last week’s post, today I’ll be talking about free educational resources every writer should know about. Back at the turn of the century—I’ve always wanted to say that—MIT decided to put a bunch of their course lectures on the web for free. While they weren’t the first to do so, they did…

I love tools… (well not the walking and talking kind.)

So for those of you out there who’ve decided you’re going to finally take the plunge, and write the world’s greatest novel, I decided to share some of the tools I’ve found to get the job done, and best of all, most of them are free!