Writing Advice from Questionable Characters

"Hell, man, I know very well you didn't come to me only to want to become a writer and after all what do I really know about it except you've got to stick to it with all the energy of a benny* addict."   ~ Dean Moriarty from ON THE ROAD #amwriting #ofthejournals   *Benzedrine, … Continue reading Writing Advice from Questionable Characters

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Table Scraps

What do you do with the scraps of wood that have been cluttering your garage for over a decade?

Well, I make me a highly unsightly yet highly functional bed desk and manuscript holder in an effort to make the sorrowful task of writing a little less sorrowful, and from which I posted this self-aggrandizing semi-selfie (it has my feet in it anyway). Anyway... Write on! #amwriting #screenplays  

What’s My Name, Again?

And here I thought it was going to be such a dramatic hassle to change the name of my novel from The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor to Inside the Skin. I mean, I've been wanting to change it for quite a while now but kept putting it off thinking it would take a … Continue reading What’s My Name, Again?

It is with a Heavy Heart that I Bid a Sad Adieu

I came up with the title of my novel, The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor, early on in its development and I have grown to love it as I have any other part of my existence, such as my left pinkie finger, my crooked nose, my restless and weary soul. However, after seven years … Continue reading It is with a Heavy Heart that I Bid a Sad Adieu

LEAVE: And Other Stories Short and Shorter

NEW RELEASE

I'm happy to announce the release of my fifth book, a short story collection entitled: LEAVE: And Other Stories Short and Shorter. Within the collection, there are 30 stories new and old. Some are short in length as are traditional short stories, and some are shorter in length, as are the more contemporary flash fiction … Continue reading NEW RELEASE

Happy Cyborg Monday!

Hey, wow! To celebrate Cyborg Monday*, you can download all my ebooks from Amazon for free for the day! If interested, you can read a sample and download them from here. And as always, thank you for shopping at Amazon where your feedback in the form of reviews are always welcomed (and desired). #prayforthesingularity **** … Continue reading Happy Cyborg Monday!

Is Writing Hard for Everyone or Just Me?

Hey! What's up?! Long time no speak. Everyone surviving these bizarre times okay? I must admit that I have grown accustomed to not blogging or socializing on the internet these past several months. Not that I haven't missed you, it's just nice to be engaged so heavily in the really real as opposed to the … Continue reading Is Writing Hard for Everyone or Just Me?

A Guest Post by Author Larry Kahaner

READ KURT'S FIVE-STAR REVIEW OF LARRY'S THRILLER: USA, INC.     GREED AND THE CONSTITUTION A Novel Pair By Larry Kahaner   I enjoy writing about greed. It's an emotion that intrigues me because I'm not a greedy person, so I'm fascinated by those who are. I want to understand it, and, for me, this … Continue reading A Guest Post by Author Larry Kahaner

So, it looks like “The Industry” is finally beginning to figure out this Snapchat thing…

I began a quest a while back to understand how Indie Authors such as myself can leverage the seemingly incomprehensible (at least to an old dud like me) yet immensely popular messaging app called Snapchat. To be honest, I gave up any hope of me ever using the app as part of my publishing platform … Continue reading So, it looks like “The Industry” is finally beginning to figure out this Snapchat thing…

The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailore

The Murky Link Between the Russian Cyber Threat and My Novel

This is a link to the live recent Senate Intelligence hearing regarding "Russian Hacking and Cybersecurity." This is a murky link. This is a link to The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor, my book about the harsh realities of life in the navy during the Don't Ask Don't Tell era. What is the relevance … Continue reading The Murky Link Between the Russian Cyber Threat and My Novel

BELIEVE IN LEAVE

So, I was thinking (yes, I understand the risks)... But, I was thinking, just imagine if each of the 25,109 and growing followers of this humble site were to donate just $1.00 to help me fund my film LEAVE... Just imagine how much that would be! Keep in mind that I am a product of … Continue reading BELIEVE IN LEAVE

Scout…and doubt

I am learning so much from the wonderful members of WRITE EDIT WRITE, our private facebook group for writers and readers. For example, this fantastic post by Author Kathy Cecala I am reblogging for your convenience and possible instruction here.

Are any of you participating in or even aware of this KINDLE SCOUT thingy? If so, what are your thoughts, I wonder.

Let me know. And please check out Kathy’s article and then go visit her Scout page and nominate her book!

Please. :)

 

Kathy Cecala: The Persistent Writer

So in the midst of this especially trying election season,  I’m announcing that I’m officially a candidate…for Kindle Scout. My newest novel is Wives of the Saints. Find my electioneering page here https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2FG91Y0LS2F58  and visit at your own risk:    I know I should be cheerfully bombarding everyone for “nomination” clicks, but I won’t: I only invite you to look at the page and decide for yourself. And if you haven’t guessed already by the tone of this post, I’m not completely onboard with the whole thing, which is basically marketing and bothering people in the disguise of a writing competition. It is, however, a relatively painless and gentle way to roll out the new novel, which, if you haven’t guessed yet, is simply a funny and bittersweet book about a pair of longtime marriages. The folks at Scout  encourage you to compare it to some other work, which I…

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RISE OF THE CHOSEN by Guest Author Anna Kopp

In Sam's world there are two rules. Rule #1: Nobody dies. Protect the living at all costs. Rule #2: Everybody dies. At least once. The Waking was a global event in which a force called the Lifeblood invaded all humans who died. The few strong enough to control it came back as powerful immortals. The … Continue reading RISE OF THE CHOSEN by Guest Author Anna Kopp

George Saunders On Story

I haven't read any Saunders yet; been meaning to...more so after watching this:     I discovered this video at Saunders' site. I watched it first at The Atlantic. You can see it in its original production at the beautiful site of Redglass Pictures. If there are any Saunders fans or nonfans out there, what … Continue reading George Saunders On Story

Birth of Loglines & Beyond | A Guest Post by Author Ann Kimbrough

Our private Facebook writers and readers group recently held its second WRITE EDIT WRITE Challenge (see the results of the first challenge here). Because my focus is on producing a short film based upon an adaptation of my short story LEAVE, I figured we might as well have a challenge focused on screenwriting. Ergo, we … Continue reading Birth of Loglines & Beyond | A Guest Post by Author Ann Kimbrough