The Common Writing Advice that’s All Wrong

I wrapped up my last blog post with the promise of a shocking revelation from David L. Robbins’ “Redline your Writing” panel at the 2011 Write-Brained Network Writing Workshop. You might want to sit down for this one. Are you ready for it? Are you sure? Here goes… “Write what … Continue reading

Is There an Audience for your Story?

As I said in my first post about the 2011 Write-Brained Network Writing Workshop, David L. Robbins gave a lot of great information in his “Redline Your Writing” talk. So much that I’m going to split it up into bite-size, easy-to-digest blog posts. I’ll include some of my own thoughts … Continue reading

A One-Stop Workshop for Writers

This past weekend, Chad and I roadtripped to Harrisonburg, VA, for the inaugural Write-Brained Network writing workshop. In an effort to keep this from becoming way tl;dr, I’m going to do a quick overview here, then follow-up over the next few weeks with a series of blog posts about each … Continue reading

#FridayFlash Fiction: Candlelight and Darkness

Her chambers were dark. Same as they always were, same as they’d been for as long as she could remember. Silence surrounded her, not even the sound of crickets nor the howl of jackals to break the monotony. That would end soon enough. She arranged the candles as her sire … Continue reading

#FridayFlash : The Creation Genocide

The order came down at dawn, as it always did, passed from one worker to another by smell and taste. True word of mouth. They had no verbal language, the click of their mandibles nothing but noise. Although they could feel the vibration, they had no ears with which to … Continue reading

#FridayFlash : Never Trust a Crew that’s Not Your Own

14 Oct 1590 We shall arrive in London soon. Ordinarily I would rejoice at seeing my home again, but under the circumstances I find it impossible to feel anything but dread. My father’s indifference will undoubtedly have turned to hate by now, and my mother– Although she could never hate … Continue reading

Rejectigami Crawfish & A Writerly Crisis of Faith

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably already seen this week’s origami. But I thought I’d post it here as well, both for those who don’t do the Twitter thing and for those who do but missed it (things can move pretty quickly in the Twitter stream, after all). … Continue reading

#ICAD 4 At the Throne of the Faerie King

The girl dropped to her knees at the base of the throne. Not from obeisance like the pale, angular courtiers around her, but from fear. The king could have commanded her to stand. It was his right. But instead he knelt before her, like a supplicant, and brushed the hair … Continue reading

#ICAD Day 3 Unlikely What He Needs

The faerie king frowned at the girl’s coarse wool kirtle and unkempt hair. Not what he’d asked for. Unlikely what he’d need. Pelikan M205 with M nib and Noodler’s Heart of Darkness ink on Oxford Essentials 4×6 index card — which really feathers badly with FP ink, especially when using … Continue reading

#ICAD Day 2 — Into the Hall of the Faerie King

The hall of the faerie king had been a wonder in its day. Even as the peasant girl was led through it now, she gawked at its towering arches and elaborate bas-relief — chipped and worn with time, but still a sight unlike anything she’d ever seen. But her days … Continue reading