• Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Fun,  Mechanics,  Movies

    Watching TV Makes You A Better Writer

    Have you ever considered a trip to the movies to be writing research? Or that weekend binging Xena, Warrior Princess?  If you haven’t, I’m about to explain why you should consider changing your mind. We can learn a lot about writing from movies because one, movies are written before they’re filmed, and two, it’s a great way to learn about pacing and characterization, especially if you watch movies with a full vest of spy gear on like I do. 😀 Think about it. Have you ever watched a movie and thought the pacing was slow or someone’s motives were unbelievable? Of course you have. To be honest, that’s how I learned…

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    Character Profiles: Winter’s Siren

    WINTER’S SIREN is now available on Kindle Unlimited if you’re a subscriber. For fun, I’m going to do some character profiles for some of the main players: Fawn & Devi and Viktor & Andrew 🙂 First Name: Fawn Last Name: Unknown Age: 22 Birthplace: Bolivia, South America Location of “Adoption”: Venezuela, South America Hobby: Daydreaming but not the fluffy cloud kind of daydreaming Occupation: Prima Donna of a secluded opera house Fears: Birds, large and small Random Fact: Was abandoned because her mom didn’t think she could afford to raise her First Name: Devi Last Name: Stron-Formes Age: 21 Birthplace: Montana, USA – Smoky Mountain Region Education: Personal Tutor Hobbies: Reading fairy tales…

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    Popular Books: Wish Fulfillment Edition

    Today, I’m going to talk about what makes movies blow up. Now, it’s extremely hard to predict when a movie will be a huge box office success. After all, Cassandra Clare is a boss in her own right, but the City of Bones movie was very hit and miss with people. It’s the same with a lot of book-to-movie adaptations. I don’t think that’s an accident. City of Bones was fun, but in order for a book to translate to massive box office sales, it needs to be more than fun. If people leave a movie or put a book down, and the experience left them feeling warm and fuzzy on…

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    First Lines & Opening Sentences: Anniversary Edition

    You’re in for a treat today! In celebration of the month I finished my first ever novel project – 21 years ago – I’m embarrassing the crap out of myself by pulling out the opening sentences of some old projects and displaying them for your enjoyment, because we all need a good laugh sometimes. 😀 Note: Unless otherwise stated, the stories have a contemporary/modern-day or near-future setting. If the story is finished, I’ll put the date, otherwise it’ll just be marked as abandoned. 😅 Untitled First Novel (romance?) – circa 1997 “Beep! Beep! Beep!” I turned off my alarm clock and opened my eyes. I looked around my room. Analysis…

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    Author Interview: Sara Dobie Bauer

    Hey, hey!! Special awesome guest Sara Dobie Bauer is visiting the blog today to talk vampires, writing, and what kind of powers she would happily accept from a genie. BITE SOMEBODY ELSE, sequel to BITE SOMEBODY (my favorite book that I read last year!) released to the world yesterday! ^_^ Welcome Sara!! 😀 Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about the BITE SOMEBODY universe and what inspired it? The Bite Somebody universe is one of awkward, petty, cuss-a-lot vampires living in the Florida Keys. They’re not into world domination or making humans their slaves (except maybe in the sexual sense. Ahem, Imogene). They’re more interested in watching 80s…