Category Archives: speculative fiction

Counting the Days – Writing to a Schedule

Hard to believe the year is already half over. At the beginning of 2014, I committed myself to a production schedule for the first time. I made myself a 30-day, 60-day, and 360-day list of GOALS I felt I could … Continue reading

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Spice Up Your Fiction

While I do think of myself as primarily a writer of speculative fiction (a somewhat broad category which includes, but is not limited to, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror), I’ve been mixing things up a bit lately. After writing fantasy for four … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween from the Lizard King!

  Okay, please forgive the blatant advertisement, but I’ve got a new short horror story due out today in e-book, Loretta and the Lizard King.  This is the first of my vintage 2013 short stories to be published, and I … Continue reading

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The Joy of Having Written

I finished editing the final six chapters on AURUM today.  I’m done.  Finished, Finito. This is my fourth completed novel.  The joy and lightness of spirit that comes with having written is a high I’ve now experienced four times, but … Continue reading

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Happy 4th! A Sparkler Can Be Anything

I’m back at work on GLAMOUR again, working on my fourthdraft.  I’m calling this my sparkle draft.  The first two drafts got the story structure in place.  Draft three was a rewrite; where I fixed the plot holes, rewrote the … Continue reading

Posted in extraordinary, Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter, Moonrise Kingdom, Oz, ruby slippers, sparklers, speculative fiction, telling details, unique | 1 Comment

Deja Sex

I’m guessing I’m never going to write erotica or be a hot romance writer.  I’m not alone when I say that writing graphic sex scenes leaves me a bit, um, squishy inside (although oddly enough, I don’t have any problems … Continue reading

Posted in characterization, erotica, horizontal bop, memories, romance, senses, sensory memories, sex scene, speculative fiction, urban fantasy | 1 Comment

Slogging the Blog: Cool Pics

I confess I am a visually-oriented person.   I started out as an art major in college, and I guess intriguing images have always captured my attention.  That may be part of the reason I enjoy blogging so much; not only … Continue reading

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