Authors often get asked about their writing process. Most of all, readers want to know how we come up with our story ideas? From where do these ideas spring forth? Is it magic? Divine muses? Simple insanity? I know there are authors out there that get inspired by reading other works of fiction. That does … Continue reading Story Ideas — Where do they come from?
This weekend I picked up a copy of The Last Jedi on Blu-ray and digital. I was not blown away by the movie the first time I watched it, but it is Star Wars, so I was definitely going to buy one. Unlike my second viewing of The Force Awakens, which actually lowered my opinion of … Continue reading The Last Jedi Second Viewing (with Extras)
No matter how hard she strained, she could not reach the green trees beyond the beach; the sea always pulled her back into his ancient embrace. She had seem them grow from saplings to giants, tall and beautiful, close but untouchable friends. The ultimate curse of being a water elemental was separation. *Written as a … Continue reading Eternal Segregation–3LineTales
So I've finally started digging into some modern fantasy. All cards on the table, though, this came only after I gave up on "A Princess of Mars", which is supposed to be science fiction, but really isn't. I would probably count that book as fantasy as well, but it's far from modern. "The Lies of … Continue reading The Lies of Locke Lamora — Initial Impressions
Asking for a friend. Actually, I've just started listening to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing Podcast--yes, I know I am a bit late to that game--and the first episode I chose dealt primarily with writing series. Here's my thing: I generally find the idea of planned series to be morally objectionable. More often than … Continue reading Must Every SF/F Work be a Series?
I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett My rating: 4 of 5 stars I don’t really like this book as much as some of the other Discworld novels. Of course, dislike is a relative thing–not liking a Discworld book is very different from not liking, say, a Stephen King book. This novel has a very … Continue reading My Review of “I Shall Wear Midnight” by Terry Pratchett
Yellow was the color of the fiery sun; it was his color--or her color. He was no longer clear on which it should be. He was Apollo, god(ess) of the sun and charioteer(ess?) of the sky, after all; what did it matter the form she took? *Written as a response to the Three Line Tales … Continue reading Sun-shaded Self — 3LineTales
The display was a secret code, a hidden lamentation right there at the corner of his desk. Two books representing two camps, three roses for three like-hearted comrades. And the spools of thread...those were for the prisoners he had failed to save. *Written as a response to the Three Lines Tales Week 107 photo prompt.
I saw this image come across my Facebook feed the other day and felt it would make a good little writing post. There were a lot of comments on the post, and even the ones that argued against fancy dialogue tags didn't seem to understand why that was an important rule. While it is important … Continue reading The Problems with Quirky Dialogue Tags
I am currently enjoying Terry Pratchett's 38th novel set on the Discworld, I Shall Wear Midnight. This is the fourth Tiffany Aching witch novel and, so far, is doing a decent job of further developing that character. I don't really like this book as much as some of the other Discworld novels. Of course, dislike is … Continue reading Some Quotes from Discworld 38–Pratchett Talks Power