Musings | Literary Pick-up Lines

Any writer will tell you how critical the first chapter of a book can be to draw in a reader. The first chapter is the hook. Actually… it’s the bait. Not many chapter are long. They punch the reader in the nose and let them know what’s up. Like a punch, the first chapter has to have […]

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The Craft | Genesis… No… not you, Phil

Inspiration streaks across an author’s mind like a shooting star. Sudden. There and gone. Sometimes you make the wish and then the falling piece of space debris is gone. Other times, if you’re lucky, you grab that piece of inspiration by the tail, yank yourself on it, and ride that bucking sucker to a fully […]

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The Craft | Designing Characters

The internet is a black hole in the subspace of our lives. Clicking on a link reveals a crap-load of other links that demand your clicky-clicky-clicky-clicky attention. Four hours later and you’ve skipped two meals, forgotten to pick up the kids, realized a ten-page college paper is due in (shit) 30 minutes!, and for some […]

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Musings | You are what you eat… er… read?

[Tries crawling out of a infinite, information murky black hole.] [The links have me by the ankle, pulling me deeper.] [Click us. Click. US. Say the links.] [One heavy booted kick to the Interest’s face…] [The internet spits me back out, offended by my bitter taste.] So… while fending off the tempting allure of links and […]

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Review | “Half a King” by Joe Abercrombie

“Half a King” does what so many YA novels strive for but fall short of reaching, it touchs all readers. Joe Abercrombie’s new novel is a bloody wonderful tale of loss, revenage, and coming-of-age. And the story is for everyone! Summary from Amazon.com: “I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I […]

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