Monthly Archives: October 2011

True Love

A local tabloid holds an annual writing competition with this single rule: use no more than 55 words. Continue reading

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Outlining The Unseen

This highlights another great passion of mine as far as writing goes: turning stereotypes on their head. I find a great deal of pleasure in letting a reader’s expectation be set by common bias, so I can flip it over and show something real about the character. Continue reading

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National Novel Writing Month

November is a busy month for Americans. Thanksgiving is the big holiday, and usually involves lots of family, friends and food−quite the social occasion. As a writer, November is even busier than for others, because it’s also National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and those of us who choose to participate will find themselves frantically typing away in every spare moment available. Continue reading

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Book Review: Dracula, by Bram Stoker

My attention was locked from the first page, as if I were the not-too-bright teenager who ascends the creaking stairs of the old house while the audience pleads, “Don’t go! Don’t open that door! For God’s sake, don’t peek into that coffin!” Continue reading

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Prologue to The Nephilim–(First Draft)

“That’s odd,” he mused as he felt the child’s cranium, then it’s back, then the fingers and toes, although he didn’t appear to be counting. Phoebe winced inwardly as he inspected his spawn, half expecting him to crush its skull in his fist. “It appears completely human.” Continue reading

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