Down the Dark Staircase

In one of my networking groups, we were challenged to write a fifty word story. Down the Dark Staircase below is my contribution. The second half came out a little to poetic though. She flipped the switch, but no light illuminated. A tight grip on the banister would guide her down the staircase, and unknowingly into a breakneck slash. It pulled her into the darkness and bit, not knowing its death strike missed. She trashed … Read more

Innsmouth Free Press

I found the Innsmouth Free Press website on Twitter last week. I just finished reading through their website, and I’m pretty excited to see the website launch on June 1st of this year. Innsmouth Free Press is a fictional newspaper publishing faux news as well as original short fiction stories. We also feature some of Lovecraft’s classic tales. Love the Monster Bytes! I’m planning on submitting a few myself.

Successful for the Porn Industry, Why Not for Horror Books

I just finished reading Quirk Has Unlikely Hit with Jane Austen-Zombie Mash-up. The porn industry has been retitling Hollywood films for years, so I’m surprised re-writing classics with a horrific twist hasn’t been caught on sooner. Sure, for major publishers it’s all about making money, and we the public have settled for what they produce. However, I get irritated when authors don’t even have to try to be unique anymore to get a huge book … Read more

Movie Review: Let the Right One In

Last weekend I added another movie to my favorite horror movie’s list. While this is a vampire movie, it is more about a young misfit boy coming of age. After he meets a vampire girl who appears to be around his age, he falls in love with her. As their relationship progresses, her influence empowers him to stand up against a group of bullies who are tormenting him. What I liked, first and foremost about … Read more

My New Favorite Dictionary

So I’m working on editing Dougie’s Pain this morning and decided to use the word “doofus” but had no idea how to spell it. I couldn’t find it in my desktop dictionary, so of course I turned to Google. Was over-joyed to find the Urban Dictionary. Check it out. It’s an interactive site that lets ya add slang words, vote on your favorites, blog and chat about slang… Fun Word of the Day section too!

Movie Review: My Bloody Valentine 3D

The first thing I have to say about My Bloody Valentine 3D is SEE IT IN THE THEATER. Outside of the theater it’d be a typical horror movie with plenty of blood and guts, or in this case hearts. The acting is mediocre and the storyline typical, although they did a pretty good job of switching the true killer at the end of the movie. The 3D effects were excellent, and I appreciated the slowed … Read more

1,000,000 Words Challenge

I’ve added a new section to the right column to track my progress on a goal I’ve recently given myself. My goal is to write 1,000,000 words in less than 2 years. Why? In an earlier blog post, back on September 11th, I wrote about a Writing Excuses episode that mentioned mastering prose requires a writer to write around 1,000,000 words. While I’ve written far over 1,000,000 words of nonfiction, I thought it might be … Read more

GPT (Get Paid to) Scams

Yesterday, Andrea Heiland, who writes Fools and Sages, brought to our attention the rise in work-at-home scams in her blog post, “Work At Home Scams On The Rise.” Loved her comments and added my two cents on how MLMs or Network Marketing companies can become a financial drain on people who are not cut out for their model. I guess this made me hyper-sensitive to ads on the Internet today, because I noticed the acronym … Read more

Book Review: The Savage Detectives, by Robert Bolano

I finished Robert Bolano’s, The Savage Detectives this week. It’s the first of his books I’ve read, and I’ll definitely read more of his books. The review on Shelfari that leads with, “A study in perceptual bias and how the same story is different depending on who tells it.” pretty much says it all about the book. I can see where some people might have a hard time reading the book though. It’s uniquely written. … Read more

Book Review: How to Write a Damn Good Novel

Finished reading How to Write a Damn Good Novel this week. Damn good book! It’s a quick read that keeps your interest and is filled with great info for anyone writing a novel. Frey’s instruction on “damn good novel” writing centers around three elements of a good novel: character, conflict and conclusion. The manner in which he explains these three elements have simplified novel writing even further than Stephen King’s “On Writing.” I got it … Read more

Movie Review: Something Wicked This Way Comes

I’ve seen this movie more than once but not for a number of years. I came across it while searching for movies at the library and decided to take some time to watch it again. Here’s what the movie is about: “After a carnival comes to Green Town, the good citizens are compelled to follow their deepest desires, caught under the spell of the malevolent Dr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce) who can grant those desires on … Read more

1,000,000 Words

I heard something depressing today from some other writers. They are in the opinion that the first one or two novels you write are likely crap. They also mentioned that it takes writing one million words to begin mastering prose. Where did I hear this? A friend told me about Writing Excuses, an audio blog awhile ago. Brandon Sanderson, Fantasy Novelist; Howard Taylor, Cartoonist; and Dan Wells, Horror Novelist are the hosts. I listened to … Read more

Book Review: On Writing, by Stephen King

Again…I’ll say it. Stephen King…love his work or hate it. This time around, I LOVE IT!! I have been incredibly inspired by this book. King has given me a new outlook on completing Purloin, a novel of mine that I’ve been working on for five, yes 5, years. I guess five years isn’t so bad. Better than saying life long work. Anyways, On Writing reminded me that writing can be easy. Hell, I did it … Read more