Most People Give Up

So I saw this tweet today... https://twitter.com/EmmettPlant/status/786715192767852544 ...and the title above popped into my head. Along with the very large number of times I have stumbled upon a self-published short story or novel that wasn't bad, showed promise, and was written five years ago with zero followup and some links to a blog and social... Continue Reading →

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The Magic Bullet For Success

The internet is crawling with magic bullets. I'm going to make some up, but they'll probably replicate or be damn close to real ones: "5 Easy Tips To Unleash Your Creativity" "10 Great Writers Tell You How To Be A Success" "3 Simple Principles To Unlock Viral Fame". You know the stuff. You've seen it.... Continue Reading →

Broken Rice: Word Cloud 2

A month ago, I posted a word cloud for a work in progress, Broken Rice. It was around 8,000 words long then.   Since then, I reached a "I don't know what to do with this next" point, then let the story sit for a while and worked on other things, then picked it back up... Continue Reading →

Hacking A Story Apart…

(This post first appeared on my Patreon page on 24 February. Patrons -- even if all they can spare is one thin dollar per month -- see my posts first. They also get to see the stories I publish 30 days in advance, plus a FREE .pdf copy, even if I charge for the ebook... Continue Reading →

Seriously Eclectic, Short Stories Edition

Double vision!  The upside of having an eclectic vision, or, put another way, of being a scatterbrain: variety!  I love variety in just about everything.  Music, food, my reading, my writing.  The downside: lack of focus.  Focus has its advantages.  It's easier to finish things when you're focused.  Finishing stories can be a struggle for me. ... Continue Reading →

Relax, Writer!

Poor Bodhidharma is really getting a workout. I have a certain amount of trouble relaxing. Burning some nice incense is one of many ways I attempt to deal with that; as you can see, my incense burning dish really gets a workout. It's more than a problem relaxing. It's a manifestation of my inner perfectionist. I have... Continue Reading →

Positive Rejection

 Perhaps I've been fortunate in not -- so far -- having received a rude or discouraging rejection. I hear that some do. The closest I've gotten was, upon my third or fourth (fifth?) rejection from a particular zine, one that added (paraphrased from memory) 'this is a great example of what we're looking for' with a... Continue Reading →

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