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Today’s Words Of The Day: Motte and Bailey & Quay

October 19, 2012 Leave a comment

motte and bailey
noun
: a medieval Norman castle consisting of two connecting ditched stockaded mounds with the higher mound surmounted by the keep and the lower one containing barracks and other buildings Read more…

Warning: Readers Have Comfort Zones

October 14, 2012 2 comments

Writers sometimes get a little too crazy.  One thing we often do is try to show how smart we are by using what are known as ten dollar words.  I call it the Plethora Rule.  What is the Plethora Rule?  It is best described from the scene that made me realize long ago that fancy words are not always good.  Here is that scene from ¡Three Amigos! that introduced 90% of people who know what plethora means to the word:

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An Honest Agent …

October 13, 2012 1 comment

A friend of mine is a sports agent for some low to mid level talent in the National Hockey League.  I once asked him what exactly it was that he did.

He said to me: Read more…

Today’s Words Of The Day – Asperse and Kerf

October 12, 2012 Leave a comment

as·perse
transitive verb \ə-ˈspərs, a-\
as·persedas·pers·ing

1: sprinkle; especially: to sprinkle with holy water

2: to attack with evil reports or false or injurious charges Read more…

Potential New Project: Outsider (A Novel)

October 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Over lunch today, when I should have been working on the final edits for Under the Darkened Moon, I jotted down 1,800 words in a free writing exercise.  The story seems to have take on an interesting shape and intrigues me.  The story has a current working title of “Outsider”.
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Second Chances Doesn’t Make The Preliminary Cut

October 10, 2012 7 comments

With the Long List for the Fantasy-Faction Anthology released, you will notice that Second Chances did not make the cut.  Since the six stories to be published will be selected from the long list, Second Chances is now free as the proverbial bird.
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Words of the day – Ullage and Edacity

October 8, 2012 Leave a comment

ullage
noun \ˈə-lij\

the amount that a container (as a tank or cask) lacks of being full Read more…

Deciding Not To Submit To Harper Voyager Directly

October 7, 2012 13 comments

Last month, as you all know, I wrote about my thoughts concering Harper Voyager opening itself up for direct submissions until October 14th.  I could have easily hit that deadline and had Under the Darkened Moon edited and formatted.  And for a few weeks I was seriously contemplating doing just that and submitting my novel for consideration.

However, after much thought, I have decided not to take advantage of the opportunity.  Yes, even thought his opportunity may not come around again to directly submit to Harper Voyager.  Some people might think that it is foolish for me pass up any opportunity.  But, as I have learned in my life, just because opportunities present themselves does not mean all should be jumped at.  I’ve had my fair share of opportunities that I took simply because they were opportunities and have been left holding the proverbial bag. Read more…

I Do Keep A “Liars List”

October 5, 2012 Leave a comment

One thing I started keeping a few years ago was what I deemed as the “Liars List”. This list is composed of people who leave blatantly false reviews for books on sites like Amazon.com and Goodreads.

Mostly the “Liars List” contains people who rate incredibly awful books as “great”, “awesome”, or some other unwarranted praise. A few are those who trash books that are actually good. But the majority of them are people who, for whatever reason, give bad books unwarranted praise. Presumably this praise is to try and get people to believe the book actually has some redeeming qualities. Read more…

“When Are You Publishing?” He Asked

October 4, 2012 Leave a comment

A friend of mine, who adores my current WIP (Under the Darkened Moon) asked me, “So, when are you publishing?”

I don’t know, I said, probably once I find an agent and they find me a publisher.
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