Grounded for Life — A Story of My Life

Grounded for Life — A Story of My Life

Faithful readers of this blog may remember a story of my life a few weeks back that resulted in me getting grounded. Well, that grounding wasn't the end of the story, it was just a good pause-point. But instead of picking up where we left off there, let me provide a...

Writing A Good Story is Like Marketing — by Jack Oswald

Writing A Good Story is Like Marketing — by Jack Oswald

1. Writing A Thriller is Like Drafting A Marketing Plan! Most movies start with very fast-paced action. A few seconds into the glorious destruction of the set, in billows of smoke and cordite, we get a glimpse of what our main character is made of. Ian Fleming’s James...

The Finalist Final Draft I Could Ever Finally Finalize

The Finalist Final Draft I Could Ever Finally Finalize

There is a running joke in the writing community about final drafts. Or, more specifically, the final, final, final, FINAL draft. That's because writers are never quite finished with their work. Though I have argued that sometimes we think we're done--we're not. As a...

Agathoclea — by Stephanie Dargon Luce

Agathoclea — by Stephanie Dargon Luce

My ancestors began their lives in the fertile crescent of Egypt about 4,000 years ago. The Egyptians revere us as the great hunters we are and worship us as gods and goddesses.  One of the most revered goddesses is Bastet. She, the keeper of the hearth and home,...

Stoney’s All-Time Favorite Movies List

Stoney’s All-Time Favorite Movies List

When you own 395 420* movies that you love, it's hard to narrow that down to a small list of favorites. I buy a lot of movies, but I have a pretty strict policy of only buying movies that I want to see over and over and over and over and over... you get the point....

Reliable Anna — by Kathleen Cranidge

Reliable Anna — by Kathleen Cranidge

A late November gust whips my cheeks, picks at my skirt, sticky arthritis fingers stretch into my pockets. I poke into that hole I haven’t had time to mend, then tangle in loose threads, another poke from that tatty appointment card worn from calls of harassment—book,...

The (Not So) Drunk of the Party — A Story of My Life

The (Not So) Drunk of the Party — A Story of My Life

My junior year of high school was at a private Christian school. It was relatively small, probably around 80 students, if I remember right. I have some of my best high school memories from that year, but one, in particular, stands out. It was the school Valentine's...

Invisible — by My Fractured Musings

Invisible — by My Fractured Musings

Cigarette smoke fills my nose and I see my father slam my mother by her neck onto the cracked polyurethane coated, wood kitchen table by her neck. This is the earliest memory I have; this is what keeps me up at night with cold sweats and wishful thinking. This memory...

7 Author Tips I Learned Along the Way

7 Author Tips I Learned Along the Way

A few weeks back, I posted 13 storytelling tips I have learned while writing my first novel. I don't claim to be an expert by any means--I'll save that label for when I get published and sell billions of copies--but, expert or no, I've learned some things. This post...

Writing is Easy: Just Bleed — by Ryan Williamson

Writing is Easy: Just Bleed — by Ryan Williamson

https://youtu.be/KX5TK11OLj0 Ryan Williamson is a novelist and graphic designer. His latest novel is the Supernatural Western, “The Widow’s Son.” He is currently working on his next novel. Follow Ryan on Twitter @rywilwrite and visit his website at...