As an editor, one of my pet peeves is reading about characters who do little more than nod, shrug, or point. With that in mind, here’s a handy body language cheat sheet to help you avoid repetitive, meaningless character actions in your own writing.
It has been brought to my attention that I suck at updating this blog. Honestly, I’ve been pretty busy for the past couple of months, and the last month in particular. So here’s a quick recap of everything that’s been going on since my last post. 1. I took over the “Doctor Who Project” columnContinue reading “Things and Stuff”
I’m in a weird transitional head space right now. On June 30 I finally graduated from grad school with an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction, after two and a half years. The day before I left for my final week of school, I said goodbye to my job of six years. I’d been feeling forContinue reading “Winds of Change”
Sanatorium, mental ward, psychiatric hospital – they’re all the same. Places where the infirm, the crazy, and the certifiable go for treatment… Or what passes for ‘treatment’. This is a collection of stories of bedlam taking place within the padded walls of an institution. Stories of experiments gone wrong, patients revolting against the staff, orContinue reading “Mental Ward: Stories From the Asylum”
Due out June 14 from Cruentus Libri Press.
I am counting the days until June 30. That’s the day I graduate from grad school with a shiny MFA and begin the rest of my life. It’s been a mostly enjoyable couple of years, and I’ve learned a lot, but this term is especially labor-intensive despite having finished my thesis (still needs edits). I’mContinue reading “Time Enough”
Since returning from grad school residency a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been playing a lot of video games. Blame Steam, to whom I have given many dollars thanks to their holiday sales. I’ve played Dead Island, dabbled in Portal, and when I want something simple and silly, I fire up Plants vs Zombies. ForContinue reading “Video Games and Inspiration”
One of the things I plan to do this year is update the blog more frequently. So here we go! I’ve just begun my final semester of grad school. It’s a really strange feeling, after two years, to be so close to the end. However, I’m looking forward to a return of normalcy (such asContinue reading “Updates!”
Last week I was tagged by my good friend John Dixon, author of the forthcoming book Dissident from Simon & Schuster. Here’s what I had to say. What is the working title of your book? Those of My Kind Where did the idea come from for the book? About 18 years ago I had writtenContinue reading “The Next Big Thing…”
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