Archive for 2009

A Writer’s Gameplan: Show and Tell

Many of us have read stories or books that we have thought are quite dull. They fail to capture our fancy or our imagination. Often, the writers fail because they never truly make us believe their stories are real. We believe things are real when we see them, or touch them, or taste them, or [...]

A Writer’s Gameplan: Character Development

We begin a new series this week focused on helping out writers. For about twelve years I have been writing, teaching, and editing and over the course of those years I have picked up a few things that I know will be beneficial. What follows is not the book on writing short stories, but I [...]

Cheerleading is Love Magic

If I say the word cheerleader, you probably have an instant reaction. Maybe it is good, maybe it is bad. But that word, cheerleader, seems to bring forth a response in everyone. For me, it has always had a negative connotation. In part, it was because I never really considered cheerleading a sport. As a [...]

School is Out! How to Keep the Children Busy, Stay Sane and Save Money

By Victoria Cathey School is out and children across the world are driving their parents crazy already because they are ‘bored’. Parents have either run out of ideas or run out of money and have resorted to letting their children watch TV or play video games most of the day. If that is the case, [...]

All in a Day’s Sandwich

Imagine this. We are standing in the kitchen and we are really hungry. We could pull out a loaf of bread and some sliced ham and cheese. It would make for a quick, filling meal. It is not terribly healthy, but it is not unhealthy either. It would get the job done. Now, if we [...]

OG’s Speculative Fiction, Issue 19

Great news! OG’s Speculative Fiction, Issue 19 has been released! In Brian Trent’s “The Theseus Woman” technology allows a man to reconstruct his lost wife. Walter Giersbach’s “Who Dares Call It Murder?” is a murder mystery with several twists. William Todd Rose’s “Day of The Sentient” reveals a robot in lament over its sad state [...]

The Best Foot and Sensibility

I’ve made lots of mistakes when it comes to romance. Romance is, after all, based on feelings and feelings are nefarious things; they come and go at whim it seems (often with just a night’s sleep). I have too often focused on the feelings, rather than on what the sensible side of me was telling [...]

Pondering How Much My Novel Is Worth

By Kelly Huddleston Yesterday I had an interesting discussion with a few members on the Amazon Kindle Forum regarding the list price of my book. It started when I wrote a post inviting Amazon Kindle readers to check out my book. I included the synopsis, the list price, and a link to my book’s page. [...]

Killing Time

by Sharon M. White Ever wonder what defining event twists a person just enough to make them want to be a horror writer? News flash: There is no one single defining event. Usually, there is no cluster of defining events, either. There are just those of us who like scaring the hell out of people [...]

Scary Toilet Myths Exposed

by Liz Andrews Depending on your location, a trip to the bathroom can be somewhat scary. A few restroom toilets that personally frighten me are rest stop toilets, sporting event toilets and the one and only outdoor port a potty. The germs, the smells, and the stories that surround the throne has me contemplating whether [...]