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Happy Halloween


Another one that's not mine, still, check out Chuck Wendig's page. Go on. Do it.

Let's Do It

I found this one somewhere on Tumblr, it's not mine. But I endorse it wholeheartedly. For the love of reading, write!  


Not one of mine, but worth reposting. Chuck Wendig  is great, you should click that link.

Quotable John McNally

"If you want to be a fiction writer, you need to start reading like a fiction writer. To do so, you need to learn about craft so that the next time you pick up a contemporary short story, you’re reading it not as an abstraction floating in formaldehyde, existing simply for the theorist’s dull scalpel to saw on, but as a concrete thing constructed out of words and shaped by syntax, brought to life by a writer who made several thousand choices, some large, some small, before letting that imperfect beauty, the story, walk on its own two feet." --John McNally


Be Creative


My NaNoWriMo Plan

Wherein I will tell you what my National Novel Writing Month novel will be about and why, this year, I will return to beating the 50,000 word challenge. And in case you didn't see it in the comments, Doug pointed us to this article, 5 Tips for a Successful NaNoWriMo and How Scrivener Can Help  by Jamie Rubin. Seems like good advice to me, check it out.


Rory's Story Cubes

So I have written about these things before . I was pretty well taken in by the idea of them when I first stumbled upon them and I still think it is an incredible idea. And while at my local book seller I came across the three latest 'mix' sets: Enchanted, Prehistoria, and Clues. Each of these adds three new themed dice to the mix. So now, I have all six sets. Each of the larger sets (Original, Voyages, and Actions) comes with nine dice. The smaller 'Mix' sets (Prehistoria, Clues, and Enchanted) each have three dice in them. Each die has six unique pictographs carved into it. Additionally, each set has it's own color, so you know which ones go with which set; if that's important to you. What you do is mix and match as many dice as you'd like (nine is the manufacturers suggested number), give them a good shaking, roll them out, and start storytelling based on what you see. The idea is to tell a story that links all the images face up on the dice. The best par

Rolling the Dice In A Lot of Different Ways

I found more of my favorite writing prompt generators at the bookstore yesterday. I love the idea of these Story Cubes and adding prehistoria, clues, and enchanted to my collection was a no-brainer for me. Now, if I'd only start using them to generate writing exercises for myself, then I'd really be onto something. While at the bookstore I found one other gem. The Actor Speaks by Patsy Rodenburg, the subtitle is "Voice and the Performer." I'm no actor, and I don't want to be one, not really. I mean, sure I'd give it a shot if a shot was offered. But when it comes to both the Truckcast and arohenTV,  I do have a certain amount of anxiety about my voice. I would like to have a more professional, radio announcer or news anchor voice. But I don't. Voice lessons are not really an option, because I don't want to pay for that. YouTube let me down, couldn't find anything there that didn't involve singing, and believe me, you don't want that. A

NaNoWriMo Webgraphic

Planning for Success

In anticipation of National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo), November, my buddy Doug and I had our first support meeting last night. The meeting consisted of a 105 minute Skype call to discuss our respective projects. It covered the basics of what we're thinking of writing, where were at in the planning process, problems we're having with the planning, and trying to help each other zero in on the novel we're trying to write. We were pretty successful in dividing the call equally between us. We started with his novel. Spent about 45 minutes working it over in the proverbial blood ring. I hope he came away with some new ideas or at least some things narrowed down story-wise. Then we took the next 45 minutes talking about my idea; adventure story masquerading as science fiction. I came away with a few new golden nuggets that I know I'm going to use. We wrapped up by talking about what we were going to accomplish over the weekend and deciding on Monday for our next call. It

Truckcast #106: Stories, Tips and an EA Rant

Here is a fresh new Truckcast to get you up to speed and back in the game. Today, we're talking about what's new with me, Sci-Fi secinarios, handyman tips, and wouldn't you just know it, there's a Madden NFL 15 rant thrown in here too... [powerpress]

Truckcast #105: Found on the Back Shelf

I found this unpublished Truckcast from July sitting on the back shelf in my office. I edited it up and I'm serving it fresh off the microphone. They've taken Lansing away from me and I haven't been doing nearly as much distance driving, but I haven't forgotten you and I hope to have something new on the Truckcast soon. [powerpress]

Quotable Stephen King

“If a writer like me has any value at all, then I think what I’m supposed to say are things that other people either don’t dare to say or find embarrassing. They say to themselves, “But if I say that, what will people think of me?” That’s why I think most people see horror writers as depraved individuals who are strange, weird, a little bit creepy, probably unlovely, somebody who would be clammy to touch. Most of the ones I know are big, hale and hearty, cheerful, outgoing, friendly people, and I think one of the reasons they are is that you have to have a certain confidence in yourself to be able to create a human monster. Those are things that a lot of us keep locked in the closets of our minds and if we let them out, we let them out when there’s nobody around and our wives, husbands, or lovers are asleep.” --Stephen King

The Book Is Always Better

Other Side?

Leave Them Asking

Quotable Walter Mosley

"The first thing you have to know about writing is that it is something you must do every day -- every morning or every night, whatever time it is that you have. Ideally, the time you decide on is also the time when you do your best work." --Walter Mosley


and then Times Up

Preparation is the Key