The Dark Tower’s Beginnings

Steven King's "Dark Tower" saga is everywhere these days. He's published eight books in the series, and the latest figure I've seen is that they've sold some 30 million copies combined. It has spawned a comic book series and an "online interactive experience" called Discordia. (The quotes are because I haven't devoted time to this site... Continue Reading →

Why Doc Brown killed Jennifer

Before I start ranting, let me say that I consider "Back to the Future" a nearly perfect movie, and the entire series gets an "A" from me. But then, I'm a sucker for time-travel stories. I don't even mind the number of times that Doc killed Jennifer. The crux of a good time-travel piece is... Continue Reading →

Smells Like Synonyms

If you read how-to books on improving your writing, one trendy idea you'll encounter again and again is to "engage all 5 senses," meaning that you should include details in your descriptions for: looks, sounds, touch, taste, and smell. Smell is the killer. It's so hard to work in descriptions of smells. Jasper Fforde, in... Continue Reading →

The Lost Colony of Roanoke

When I was young, the legend of Roanoke captured my imagination. They spoke about it in school, in kids' history books, on shows like "Ripley's Believe It or Not." And there was such an air of mystery! If you need a refresher, Roanoke was Sir Walter Raleigh's first attempt to colonize the New World, and... Continue Reading →

To me, writing is like throwing cats at trees – you send a lot of random thoughts flying through the air to see what sticks.

Why cats?

To me, writing is like throwing cats at trees - you send a lot of random thoughts flying through the air to see what sticks. And, to be honest, most of it is pretty pointless. I think that's what holds so many of us back, in writing and in life. We try to find that... Continue Reading →

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