Counting how many times I use REALLY, VERY, WAS, FELT, THOUGHT, and all those other, pesky, weak words.

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash I copied my work-in-progress (a horror novel) into a web app that counts the number of times I used each word. As I expected, words like the, a, and the characters’ names popped up a lot. However . . . During my initial self-editing process, I had tried to … Continue reading Counting how many times I use REALLY, VERY, WAS, FELT, THOUGHT, and all those other, pesky, weak words.

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3 Big Lessons from the Roanoke Author Invasion

I learned three big lessons when I attended the Roanoke Author Invasion book festival earlier this month. (I attended as a reader, sigh, but some day . . . ! ) Lesson Numero Uno Authors are super nice in person and are happy to talk about their books and their writing processes. The authors I … Continue reading 3 Big Lessons from the Roanoke Author Invasion

One Sentence Reviews: My 1st Quarter 2019 Reads

Autographed, cool! If you want to be a writer, you have to be a reader. Here are the fiction and nonfiction books I’ve read this quarter with my one-sentence reviews. When the Lights Go Out – Ink Slingers’ Halloween Anthology (2015). In an anthology there’s sure to be at least one author’s voice that doesn’t … Continue reading One Sentence Reviews: My 1st Quarter 2019 Reads

Photoprompt Flash Fiction: Passover

Image by natanvance on Pixabay This is my very first attempt at an online writing prompt. It was fun! The above image is the March speculative fiction photoprompt from D. Wallace Peach at Myths of the Mirror. Thanks to Diana for the inspiration! https://mythsofthemirror.com/2019/03/02/march-speculative-fiction-prompt-moon-child/ Passover On day three, the rats scatter Sheriff Nolan’s remains (and … Continue reading Photoprompt Flash Fiction: Passover