Category Archives: Dark Fantasy

how i learned to stop worrying and love the blurb

Ugly word, that. Blurb. Doesn’t even sound pretty when you say, but for me it’s an important writing tool. I know a lot of people put off writing their novel’s blurb until after the manuscript is completed, but I’ve learned to work … Continue reading

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Self-publishing–From the Trenches by Lindsay Buroker

Today I am pleased to host a guest post by my online pal Lindsay Buroker. I met Lindsay on the Online Writers Workshop (OWW) when she critiqued one of my chapters for Miserere. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know her better through Twitter … Continue reading

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enter the werewolf

Well, it all started here when Alex Bledsoe talked about what he really thought about the vampires in the Twilight series. As always, Alex delivered a very thoughtful post, not just on the Twilight series, but on the subject of … Continue reading

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An Autumn Tale

To read a very brief synopsis of my novel, click An Autumn Tale. I would love to hear your comments; otherwise, scroll down for writing events, tips, and links. Regardless, I appreciate your visit and hope you will return! Copyright … Continue reading

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angels, demons, and labyrinths

The master of movie reviews, Mr. A. O. Scott, gleefully skewers Dan Brown’s novels in his review of “Angels and Demons” with Holy Mystery! Mayhem at the Vatican!  Although the entire review is hysterically funny, he does leave the movie … Continue reading

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literary pariah

Why is it that fantasy writers are the pariah of the literary world? I’ve heard statements like this: My friend X writes fan[mumble mumble]sy, but she’s a good writer. It’s said in the same tone of voice as: My friend … Continue reading

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get connected

One of the best sources of information I’ve seen for the professional writer is on the web page of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of American, Inc. (SWFA). Click on Resources for information on everything from the craft of … Continue reading

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character sketches

Why do fiction writers spend so much time with character sketches? Well for me, I can only hold so many thoughts in my head before my brain explodes, and it’s a really great way to develop insight into your characters’ … Continue reading

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antagonized by my antagonist

Antagonists, admittedly, come in many forms. Antagonists can be events, places, or even nice people who happen to be unintentionally opposing the protagonist. Generally, my antagonists are human, and getting into the head of an evil antagonist is always the … Continue reading

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write . . . writ . . . rite

Write . . . writ . . . rite First of all, thanks to Trigeminaltimes.com for bringing this topic up. I have a short response to butterblog10 on my About me . . . page, but I also thought this … Continue reading

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