I have a full time day job. I'm fortunate that I don't get a lot of interruptions while I'm working. I can think about plots and characters and even jot down a note whenever I come up with something good. It's a free floating sort of thought process. Consequently, my desk at home is filled … Continue reading When is a Writer a Writer?
My opinion in regards to political and newsworthy events should be easy enough for anyone to guess given the plot in Quirni. For readers who haven't read the books, I lean to the left but that is changing. I no longer lean. Events are converting my lean into steps. I stayed left of middle for … Continue reading Stepping Towards an Edge
I like to look at proverbs and idioms from all angles. For example, the Bible is quoted as saying 'Pride goeth before a fall'. The meaning of the verse is clear to a Christian given the Bible repeatedly states meekness and humility are preferable to pride. Studied Christians know the phrase means pride will lead … Continue reading Pride Goeth
Everywhere I go online I am asked to leave a comment, click on a like button, fill out a survey, or write a review. I get e-mails after a purchase to please 'Review and give us five stars'. I do give reviews under the best of circumstances but if there are any obstacles, I don't. On … Continue reading Reviews and Feedback
Only a few of the characters in the "Quirni" series have lived on all three planets in the system. Erica lived on Sirrus until she was eight. She lived on Marril until her mid-twenties, and then she moved to Quirni. She was never lovingly housed and protected from harm no matter which world. Instead she … Continue reading Is There Anything Good to Eat?
Aberfan is a town in Wales that suffered a horrible accident October 21, 1966. The waste from the mine had been stored as hills. One of those hills slid onto the town. It killed children in the school, teachers, and families in homes. I have used the name Abervan in Quirni in memory of the … Continue reading In Memory of Aberfan
When we begin the setup for publishing a book on Amazon we are asked which genre best represents the story. Quirni is definitely Science Fiction because it takes place in the future on a far away planet. There are space ships and space travel. The first thing Erica does is get off of a space … Continue reading Cross-Writing Genres
I work in a lab with a group of people who represent a varied cross section of personalities, quirks, and origins. The lab itself is one of the more difficult labs in which I have ever worked. The work load is extreme and the people are often so different from me I'm at a loss … Continue reading I’m watching.
There used to be an ad on TV with the catch phrase 'Reading is Fundamental'. I agree. It is fundamental to improving a person's lifestyle. It is also fundamental for improving an author's writing. I'm not talking about reading someone else's work to glean the trends of the day, which is often cited as a reason … Continue reading A Critical Eye
I hated "Of Human Bondage". I like to read classics and usually find myself not only entertained but touched by the books recommended through the ages. I was not entertained when I read "Of Human Bondage". I was frustrated, annoyed, and rolled my eyes so often I got a headache. What I remember most about … Continue reading A Better Story