I grew up before computers. When I submitted stories to publishers or magazines I had to send thick stacks of paper through the mail. I didn't do it often because of the expense and the horrible task of typing. I suck at typing. Then 'Word Star' arrived in the early '80s. I was in love. … Continue reading Writing Through the Ages
Our past week has been busy with the holiday season ramping up. Andrea and I haven't had a lot of time to post and part of the reason is our work on Quirni. We are almost done with the final edit and are working on the cover design. I am thrilled that our beta reader … Continue reading What Next?
There are different levels of editing whenever you're working on something. For painting, it's all in the pre-planning because if you're in certain mediums, there is no fixing it afterwards. In writing, there is a large timeframe available for fixing it afterwards, but that comes with a conundrum because there are too many things to … Continue reading Editing Book Five
We're editing Bliss, book five of the Quirni series. It's been a lot of editing and fact checking, and so much more. We've added chapters and deleted chapters. We've changed chapter beginning and endings around. But this is the first time we have had to do a major rewrite in this book. When I realized what … Continue reading Rewrite? Alright Already!
Step into my 'Way Back Machine' and I'll take you to the 1970s. That was when I wrote the first book in the Quirni novels. It was badly written. The original Quirni novel wasn't about Erica, but Matilda. She worked through obstacles without much internal reflection. It was a book of doing. Matilda did things. … Continue reading Open a Vein
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?
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
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
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