Iron Man 3: A Brief Review

This weekend I caught Iron Man 3 at the local cinema and as a comic book geek who loves good writing I will have to say that it was a fun ride while maintaining the integrity of the Iron Man mythos. Many comic book movies of the ’80’s and especially the ’90’s gave in to theContinue reading “Iron Man 3: A Brief Review”

Weekly Roundup: 9/8/2012

This weeks stories were interesting in that they show where the industry of self-publishing is moving.  We also delve into the seedy underbelly of some of its darker nature.  Enjoy. 1.  It’s a Crime – Major crime writer R.J. Ellory is caught with his hand in the cookie jar.  All he had to do wasContinue reading “Weekly Roundup: 9/8/2012”

Show, Don’t Tell…But Don’t Show Too Much

I am trying a new technique with my latest novel.  I am finding it to be a refreshing way to tell a story, and fun to create puzzles that the reader has to solve.  Let me give you an example.  The following is a chapter from my novel in which Ethan relates his struggle afterContinue reading “Show, Don’t Tell…But Don’t Show Too Much”

Guest Post: A Series of Potentially Dangerous Experiments by Amy Paulussen

The television season finales were a month ago, and for a month now nothing new has aired.  We have two (or three) more months until new content is added.   What will I do with myself? I recently moved to the Northern Hemisphere, where this tragedy occurs at the beginning of summer, not winter. InsteadContinue reading “Guest Post: A Series of Potentially Dangerous Experiments by Amy Paulussen”

3 Ways to Refresh and Revitalize Overused Character Archetypes

I love Netflix, but then I’m a sucker for bad movies.  We pay $8 a month for the instant streaming service, and when we surf through the possible titles, we see literally thousands of movies that probably should not have been made.  Most of the worst are those movies made by The Asylum, called “mockbusters”, whereContinue reading “3 Ways to Refresh and Revitalize Overused Character Archetypes”

How to Use Scrivener to Create Easy Outlines

I use a little program called Scrivener created by the wonderful folks over at Literature and Latte (click the link to the right for more info).  It is a fantastic word processing program that meets all of my novel writing needs.  Today I wanted to you how easy it is to plan and outline aContinue reading “How to Use Scrivener to Create Easy Outlines”

10 Cheap Yet Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Summer is here, and if you are like me, the money isn’t there for trips to the zoo, water parks or amusement parks.  What to do?  Kids need stimulation, and will get bored very quickly sitting around playing video games and watching television.  These two activities are the biggest time wasters and usually do notContinue reading “10 Cheap Yet Fun Summer Activities for Kids”

Tolkien’s 10 Tips for Creating Epic Heroes

One of my most popular posts is Tolkien’s 10 Tips for Writers, in which I glean from J.R.R. Tolkien’s letters of his wisdom about writing.  Today I will delve into his letters again, but will focus on the epic character Aragorn and ask Professor Tolkien how he created great characters. 1.  Motivational Mirrors – TolkienContinue reading “Tolkien’s 10 Tips for Creating Epic Heroes”

Gone, Gone: Are All the Good Ideas Gone?

In the crazy firestorm that is the major motion picture The Hunger Games we need to stop a moment and realize with a small whimper of sadness that all the good ideas may be used up. Don’t judge me.  The Hunger Games has a nice narrative, flows well, tells a good story and is all-in-allContinue reading “Gone, Gone: Are All the Good Ideas Gone?”