Many people ask this question, "What is it about?" The first answer, Quirni is about Erica, about her family ties, her excellence, her journey into a new life as an ex-convict on the run, basically. It's about her healing process, her development as a person, and her discovery of her inner fears and broken mind … Continue reading What is it About?
I like to read old books, really old books. I like to read old stuff that's in the creative common's and it's free online, and I like to listen to books while I drive, and I like to read online, and in print, but what are the differences between these types of publication? I can … Continue reading A Comparison of Print, Digital, and Audio Books.
While we were editing the fifth book of Quirni, we ran across a section that made me cry. My heart hurt for Erica and for James, and it made me want to speak out, change it as an author, to fix things for them. Obviously I didn't because that emotional response is important. I have … Continue reading Feelings and Perspective
Eljay's Promise is now Available on Amazon through the Kindle App! Book 4 of the Quirni series is out for your reading pleasure! Eljay's Promise has gone through a few name changes. It was originally The BMC, a name you would recognize if you are familiar with the story on Fiction Press. Eljay's Promise begins directly after … Continue reading Eljay’s Promise is Available Now
Going through college I was exposed to several classes that had the singular goal of introducing me to multicultural experiences. It was built into the schools requirements as part of our basic core classes. I thoroughly enjoyed these classes. Not only did they give me a chance to see different perspectives, but they allowed me … Continue reading The Orthodox of Assumption
I find the hardest thing to do when writing is to see my own problems. It helps to edit with another person but when I'm writing and editing alone, I have procedures I follow to help me see what needs to be changed. The most helpful thing I do is to take time between writing and editing. … Continue reading Editing Alone
Voice is the writer's choice of detail and word, the actor's persona, a poem's details. In a novel, it's a combination of point of view, the level of realism, and the poetic details the author includes. Voice can make a piece difficult to read yet intriguing or so easy and clear to follow it's boring. … Continue reading Formality v.s. Functionality
Warning: the following contains spoilers about the Quirni Series. One of the big parts of Erica's past is a group that she created, the BMC. It travels with her through all of the books after the reveal in the third book, Clamant Kinsley. The BMC is a group with members from all over the planet Marril. … Continue reading The BMC Syndicate
One of the most challenging things to manage when working, writing, editing, and publishing, is what to edit, and what to leave behind because we want to get it out there and clean for everyone to read and enjoy. The first time Quirni was published for Fiction Press, we went over it, but it wasn't … Continue reading Editing for Kindle
Milton once said without reading the bad, and ascertaining what is bad about it, we cannot truly know the good. I'm paraphrasing because he uses 4 thousand words in Areopagitica, to make his point. I bring this up because I am an amateur writer. What this means to me is we should read everything because … Continue reading Read Promiscuously