Friday, March 12, 2010

Leave You With...

As I prepare to embark on my epic journey across the Mexican Rivierra, on the Sapphire Princess Cruise Ship, I leave you with these words.

"Write well, and well..... um, write!"

See ya when I get back.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Does anyone else find that writing YA fiction in 1st person, limits the verb usage of their novel?

Omniscient 3rd person doesn't seem to have as much of an issue with this, but I know there are a lot of factors that would limit the possibilities.

Just curious if any of you YA authors are feeling dictionarilly (is that even a word LOL)suppressed.

I mean seriously, what teenager is going to say "The premature placative tonsuring of Elios' crown did not, in my eyes, warrant the extirpation of his bond servant, but who am I to stand up to the elders' judgement?"

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Executions Are Messy

All that blood, the occasional bird droppings from perched hopefuls looking for a free meal, entrails etc...


I meant execution as in putting a new idea(l) into motion, not putting someone to death...

When it comes to writing a novel, the telling of a story is simply not enough. There's a right way and a wrong way to execute it. I find myself in the category of a 'storyteller,' not so much a 'real author.' This is aparent when I read books like the current one I'm devouring called "Neverwhere," by Neil Gaiman. I'm faced with the reality that I have a long way to go. While my writing is impressive to some, it is also quite lacking to others. It, like most things, is all relative, as the saying goes.

So, here's the question.

What do YOU do as a writer, to help ensure you aren't just 'telling' a story?

Please, nobody quote the "show don't tell" thing... I'm looking for more than that from you all today.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Breaking Rank

I know I'm breaking rank here by diverging from my literary posting pulpit, but I had to share with you all my latest purchase. I play a little bit of a few instruments and love to learn anything new that I can. I have been using a mid-range Martin Acoustic guitar for a few years and wanted to try my hand at an electric guitar for a while. I finally purchased a new electric guitar and amp. These are what I purchased.

Ibanez ART 100 Artist Electric Guitar

Line 6 Spider IV amp

I must say, they sound amazing! I am having a blast learning some guitar riffs and trying to get a feel for the lighter touch of the electric.

Just wanted to share.