The meteor pictures filled one wall of the basement in Raphael Sorensen’s house. Hundreds of images, all labeled with tiny post-it notes detailing the date, time and distance of the meteor. Hunched over his desk Mr. Sorenson was tapping away at his keyboard. A cup of coffee sat abandoned beside his mousepad. He was checking the … More Writing Prompt: What a character!
“Sruni, would you talk to me about a first for you? Something that was important and memorable.” She leaned forward, placing her chin in her hand. “What’s the point of these questions? ” “Please just answer.” She rolls her eyes. “Significant first something. Well, I suppose a first that sticks out for me is the … More Fiction Flashback February: Day Two
It’s hard to believe, but sitting on this island with no ships in sight I suppose there is very little beyond possibility. Even the chain rubbing a hole in my ankle isn’t entirely beyond belief. Although. I suppose since I was a King only yesterday that is a bit more difficult to conceive. The story? … More Writing Prompt: who, what, when, where…and why not?
“Can you state your name please?” “My name is Sruni Navar.” She leaned back in her chair lifting one elegantly sculpted dark eyebrow. “Thank you. Could you please tell me a little about your role in this story?” She scoffed and waved her hand dismissively, sitting up. “What don’t I do? Seriously? My best friend … More Fiction Flashback February: Day one
Today I’m going to talk about how I begin a new book. It’s a messy process. Normally I start with a character list. This changes a lot from first concept to final version. I usually come up with the name first, something that produces a strong image in my mind for the sort of character … More The Hybrid Method: Beginning a Draft
On December 31st I wrote the end on a novel I have been working on for the last two years. I learned so much over the course of that book that the quality of writing at the beginning and the end are on opposite ends of the spectrum. As much as I would love to revise … More The Hybrid Method: Preface
For the past two years I’ve lived in Norway, working as an Au Pair. During this time I pursued the goal of improving my writing and seeing if I really wanted to be a writer. The journey has not been easy, simple or without set backs. I struggled mightily and it took two years of … More Goodbye to Norway: Writing and growth
It’s that time of year again. Winter. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a lot of things associated with winter, but the thing I’m here to talk about is the thing I can’t stand. It’s the bleak, miserable, painful, seasonal depression that accompanies the loss of light that arrives with Winter. Every year my … More Winter Writing Blues – Combating S.A.D.
Remembering 9/11: 11 years old … More Never Forget, 9/11 as an 11 year old
His body ached as the horse slowed to a walk down the cobbled street. It had been another long night without reward and the search was beginning to feel futile. He’d seen the dawn for the third time this week and was no closer to discovering the men who were behind the high profile muggings … More “My Next Door Neighbor”, Edmund Blair Leighton, 1894