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…

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…

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…

Cover me….Dead Dwight update…

Hey folks, I’m toiling away on Dead Dwight. My (hubby) test reader has informed me that it’s a hard read, so I’m reconsidering the POV: Changing it from first person to third. That will allow me to switch the narration to Standard American English, leaving only the dialog in American Midland English. Unfortunately this requires and…

To respond or stay silent…

Public domain: Old Book by George Hodan I just read an interesting discourse on whether or not an author should respond to critical reviews. Of course, I read this after I’d already established the practice of trying to respond to all of my readers (well, the ones that actually read my book) and took the time…

Author Interview for BookReaderMagazine.com

“He was a beautiful pagan god with the voice of a serial killer, but that didn’t make him any less god like. It just meant rather than dying in some dank basement or isolated cabin, I’d die bound on an altar as part of some gruesome sacrificial rite. Exsanguinating while he stood over my naked…