Is a scene in your novel tasting flavorless? Does it just turn to ash in your mouth? You might need more seasoning or you might be a cursed pirate (in which case go find some lost Aztec gold). Besides the usual ingredients (salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc.), you might find that you need some different … Continue reading 5 Ways to Add Spice to a Scene
Editing a novel. How shall I describe it? Editing is like polishing silver, except with a blindfold, and the blindfold is on fire, and you are banging your head against a wall trying to put the flames out while still polishing the silver. But it's all worth it. I promise. (I really, really, really … Continue reading How to not lose your mind while editing
I hate pot holes. You're driving along, nice and smooth, jamming out to your tunes when out of nowhere BUMPASDFGHJHJL THE CAR JOLTS AND FEELS LIKE IT'S GOING TO FALL APART AND IT MIGHT ACTUALLY CAUSE IT'S REALLY OLD. And where there's one pot hole, there's more. So yes, pot holes are very... Wait, you … Continue reading 5 Things to Do With Those Giant Plot Holes
So I started editing the brick/beast/giantstackofpapersthatismynovelandortrilogyIDK. The Green Crow, I mean, ahem. I kinda feel like I actually have no idea what I'm doing and I'm just wondering where that handbook for "an easy way to edit your novel" is...Library maybe? JK I don't think it exists. Anyway. The editing has begun and there is … Continue reading Editing Pains
As you know....I finished the Red Dream! Which means I have a complete first draft of the Green Crow trilogy. But....before I plunge into editing and revising, I'm setting the MS aside for a while, in a dark drawer where no one will find it (it is actually sitting in the middle of my room, … Continue reading 5 Facts About the Green Crow Trilogy
( I am switching my blogs posts to Wednesdays. Tuesdays aren't working. Too much dancing.) This winter I got myself an editor, long due for my Gothic sci-fi short story "When the Crows Murdered the Moor" (originally called "the Moor"...boring name.) My editor and I have only met twice so far, and right now I … Continue reading 5 Things I Learned from Working with an Editor
Christmas has been great, let's hope 2017 has some good times in store. I will be starting some new things in January. I will be charging full-speed ahead for June. I plan to have a first draft of the Red Dream completed by then. With that I want to introduce the Green Crow Trilogy's (Yes, … Continue reading Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!