January 31st, 2016 § Comments Off on F § permalink

A painter in a creative slump finds unexpected inspiration when he buys a rare work that holds a ghostly secret. » Read the rest of this entry «

An Exercise for Inspiration

January 23rd, 2016 § Comments Off on An Exercise for Inspiration § permalink

I have two conflicting theories about writing: 1) You should write every day, even just a few words. Make it a habit, not a choice that can be derailed by TV. 2) There’s no such thing as writer’s block. If you’re blocked, you’re writing the wrong story. Sometimes you have to wait it out, other times working on something different kicks everything back in. If you’re truly uninspired, just don’t write: If you do, it will come out forced and, well, uninspired.

The problem is obvious: How can I write every day if I’m waiting around to feel inspired? A recent writing workshop I was asked to lead forced me to answer that question. » Read the rest of this entry «

Reading Makes Writers Better… Or Worse

January 17th, 2016 § Comments Off on Reading Makes Writers Better… Or Worse § permalink

One of my favorite shows on TV these days is The 100 on the CW. It’s pretty grim sci-fi with a touch of fantasy, and while the teenage love/angst can get in the way sometimes, it generally works. Whenever I love a show or movie, if I find out it’s based on a book, I have to read the book. It only seems fair—we all know the cliche that “the book is always better.” Unfortunately, in this case it’s far from true. The book (sadly, books, plural) written by Kass Morgan are among the most poorly written books I’ve ever read. This concerns me not because I believe all books should be great, but because reading books is how writers indirectly learn to write, and this book is geared to the young-adult market. » Read the rest of this entry «

Boleskin, I Barely Knew Ye

January 6th, 2016 § Comments Off on Boleskin, I Barely Knew Ye § permalink

When it comes to bucket lists, I admit mine is pretty strange. I want to see places like Sedlec Ossuary (“the bone cathedral”) in the Czech Republic and Hoia Baciu Forest in Romania. High on that list had always been Loch Ness, but not for the obvious reason. » Read the rest of this entry «

The Wind

January 1st, 2016 § Comments Off on The Wind § permalink

A man finds himself fighting for the life of a stranger’s daughter when a flat tire leaves him stranded in the woods… » Read the rest of this entry «