Update October 24, 2020: Progress on Shadows and Stars

Over the last few days I have been working on Shadows and Stars. Currently, I am editing a scene where Mikash and Daryn go to a festival of ivory in the capitol city of Janhalo. As I am not familiar with sculpting ivory, I did a little research on it yesterday. Right now, I am … Continue reading Update October 24, 2020: Progress on Shadows and Stars

A Quick Updates for September 11, 2020: Publicity, Marketing, and My Novel

First of all, my heartfelt condolences go out to all the families who lost loved ones on 9/11. That tragedy and its consequences, both direct and indirect, changed the US and our society forever. We will be feeling the repercussions of that day for decades, if not generations, to come. It awoke us to the … Continue reading A Quick Updates for September 11, 2020: Publicity, Marketing, and My Novel

Update of September 8, 2020, 12:01 a.m.

I have managed to get some critical progress done on Shadows and Stars today.  I have a few major plot holes in my first draft. My goal over the weekend was to fill them and add a significant amount of words (though still keeping the work concise) to the text. I forget what I did Friday … Continue reading Update of September 8, 2020, 12:01 a.m.

Cinefix on Dialogue; My Thoughts on Movies as Part of the Storytelling Art

  Cinefx's focus is, naturally, on movies vs. writing. However, I have seen this video at least three to four times and it is one of the best analyses of what dialogue is. Watching this for the first time was enlightening. I learn a lot about how to write from studying movies. After all, movies … Continue reading Cinefix on Dialogue; My Thoughts on Movies as Part of the Storytelling Art

Update of September 5: “The Interrogation of General Tsak” and the Search for Reviewers Continues

I have spent a long time writing a short story entitled "The Interrogation of General Tsak" and I finished it today. I can take a quick breather before I get back to Shadows and Stars. This is the story of a self-centered Air Force colonel who is interrogating a captured,princiled alien general after a failed … Continue reading Update of September 5: “The Interrogation of General Tsak” and the Search for Reviewers Continues

The Saturday Night Special: “The Last Kiss” by Maurice Level

The Last Kiss by Maurice Level (1912) The Project Gutenberg E-Text This eBook is made available at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg of Australia License which may be viewed online at http://gutenberg.net.au/licence.html   "Forgive me...Forgive … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Last Kiss” by Maurice Level

From YouTube: John Steinbeck’s Rules of Writing

As I finish up Shadows and Stars, my sci-fi/adventure/horror novel/work in progress, the wisdom of Steinbeck's advice becomes increasingly powerful. I have been going through the exact same processes he describes here. Hearing these again for the umpteenth time (I am seen them before in various magazine articles and videos) but with having the experience of … Continue reading From YouTube: John Steinbeck’s Rules of Writing

From YouTube: Orson Welles Talks about Knowing Hemingway

I found this on YouTube earlier. This is a 1974 interview with Orson Welles in which he talks about being a close friend of Ernest Hemingway. It's amusing and for me, as a Hemingway aficionado, quite fascinating. I may start posting the YouTube videos I find most interesting or I may even develop a page … Continue reading From YouTube: Orson Welles Talks about Knowing Hemingway

Update of August 22: A New Edition of A Tale of Hell…to be Out in December

I recently published a new print edition of A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror to make the cover more appealing and to reduce the price. A few days ago, I had four works of micro/flash fiction accepted by Ezine 51. The next day, I took one of the rejected pieces, a drabble (i.e. … Continue reading Update of August 22: A New Edition of A Tale of Hell…to be Out in December

The Saturday Night Special: “The Masque of the Red Death” by E.A. Poe (1850)

THE "Red Death" had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avator and its seal — the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Masque of the Red Death” by E.A. Poe (1850)

Now Accepting Submissions Inspired by the Coronavirus Pandemic

I am now open to publishing stories, poetry, and other literary genres and material inspired by the Coronavirus Pandemic. I am not looking for journalism or documentary material. There is no pay or other reward except the honor and pleasure of being published on my website. I feel there are people out there whose voices … Continue reading Now Accepting Submissions Inspired by the Coronavirus Pandemic

Autumn Cozy on YouTube: Pub Ambience

I found this tonight while looking for something to play in the background while working on Shadows and Stars. This is exactly the kind of place where I love to write, usually with some coffee or tea in a cheap spiral notebook and a simple, but quality pen. I have tried writing while drinking and it … Continue reading Autumn Cozy on YouTube: Pub Ambience

Lovecraft’s Lack of Publicity in His Time

I have read a fair amount of Lovecraft's works and I have been watching some animated versions on YouTube lately (see the May 9 Saturday Night Special for an example; more are forthcoming). Also, within the past few years, as a soon-to-be novelist, I am becoming familiar with how critical publicity is to the success … Continue reading Lovecraft’s Lack of Publicity in His Time

Shout-Out to Writers of All Genres

I  want to give a shout-out to all the writers (worldwide) out there for helping relieve stress and bolster the human spirit. These are particularly difficult times for everyone given the spread of the Coronavirus and its increasingly severe effects on the economy and on in life in general along with the bizarre and depressing … Continue reading Shout-Out to Writers of All Genres

Shout-Out to Writers of All Genres

I  want to give a shout-out to all the writers (worldwide) out there for helping relieve stress and bolster the human spirit. These are particularly difficult times for everyone given the spread of the Coronavirus and its increasingly severe effects on the economy and on in life in general along with the bizarre and depressing … Continue reading Shout-Out to Writers of All Genres

Shout-Out to Writers of All Genres

I  want to give a shout-out to all the writers (worldwide) out there for helping relieve stress and bolster the human spirit. These are particularly difficult times for everyone given the spread of the Coronavirus and its increasingly severe effects on the economy and on in life in general along with the bizarre and depressing … Continue reading Shout-Out to Writers of All Genres