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Horror Stories






I’m working on a collection of horror stories, which, by the way, for what it’s worth (exactly nothing), were rejected by magazines such as Fantasy and Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Black Static.  Nevertheless, these stories will see the light of day, even if … Continue reading




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The Outlaw’s Terminology for Writing Fiction






Character development:  usually an excuse for being boring. Denouement:  a French term indicating that not a damn thing is going to happen in this story. Plot:  when a writer falls victim to excessive scheming. Deus ex machina:  the writer has … Continue reading




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Writing






I write the types of books I want to read.




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Thought for the day






Am I becoming a better writer or just more commercial?  Nothing in my book sales indicates I’m becoming more commercial.




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Writing Is Ruthless






I murdered adverbs and buried them in unmarked graves yesterday as I finished editing my newest short story.  Writing is ruthless.  It’s not enough to create a story.  You have to attack it like a gunslinger and kill off the … Continue reading




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New Horror Short Story






I finished my newest horror short story today and am now working on editing the first draft.




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Words






I ground out 1500 words today for a new short story.  I’m not done yet.  I think I’ll grind out some more.




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This Writing Life






I can’t write without knowing what I’m going to write.  Apparently some people have no trouble sitting down, staring at a blank sheet of paper or a blank computer screen, and typing out a story or book without having a … Continue reading




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Book Review System Is Running Amok






I’m hearing from other authors that reviews of their books are being posted on Goodreads even before the book has been made available for reading, even before the book is finished.  This is just another example of how book reviews … Continue reading




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