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
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
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
We can't afford to pay an editor to edit over a million words of "Quirni". That is why Andrea and I edit our own work. We rely heavily on her English degree and my years of writing experience. Last week Andrea shared how we 'cold read' in order to find problems but some things like … Continue reading Passive Voice
We are releasing the "Quirni" novels to Amazon as e-books. That is a form of self-publishing and most readers should be suspect of quality when purchasing a self-published book. I am, yet I have chosen to go this route. Prior to posting "Quirni" on Fiction Press, traditional publishing was an option. Once I posted, it … Continue reading To Amazon or Not to Amazon