Fight for my Right to a Beat Down — A Story of my Life

Fight for my Right to a Beat Down — A Story of my Life

If I don't count the Great Elementary School Riot, I've been in one fight in my life. Let me explain. No, there's no time for that, let me sum up. I have a vague memory of a massive park riot playing out among a large group of elementary school kids. I was one of...

Hate vs Love — by Lily Lawson

Hate vs Love — by Lily Lawson

Hate leaks from lipsits powerful punch poisoning all within its wake.Wasting weighty words on trivial pursuits.Love flows from the heart,soothing lotion pours in caressing rivers,healing wounds, seeping into souls.Hate’s army of admirers,keen to ingratiate themselves,...

8 Author Mistakes You Don’t Have to Make

8 Author Mistakes You Don’t Have to Make

As an author of two digital marketing books and a yet-to-be-published sci-fi thriller, I'm no stranger to author mistakes. I may not have collected them all, but I'm trying. Someone has to learn these lessons the hard way. May as well be me. Every first-time author is...

One Of Us Has To Go — by Katja Schulz

One Of Us Has To Go — by Katja Schulz

Chapter 1: I Have a PlanJuly 2014My mobile phone buzzes in front of me on the bare windowsill. One message. Lock me in at 11, as usual, Sonja writes. Same message she sent yesterday at this time. Same as the day before. And the day before that… She reminds me every...

30 Movie Soundtracks You Need to Hear Right Now

30 Movie Soundtracks You Need to Hear Right Now

Until recently, I never realized how important a good movie soundtrack is. Over the past decade or so, I've come to realize that the songs and score chosen for and created for a film do as much to make a great movie as the writing and directing. Carefully chosen songs...

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...