Feelings and Perspective

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

A Critical Eye

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

A Better Story

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

The Orthodox of Assumption

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

To Amazon or Not to Amazon

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

Formality v.s. Functionality

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

Words on Paper

I could not read as much as I do today in years past. My writing wasn't as good because of that. The art of writing hinges on reading. The inspiration garnered from new ideas, fresh views, and understanding each other comes, in great part, from reading. Now I read all the time but not just … Continue reading Words on Paper