Notes from today’s Noble Fusion Writers Group Meeting

6 12 2020

Notes from today’s Noble Fusion Writers Group meeting:

1) The mansion will become actual ruins to reflect scavenging by fifty years of fortune hunters.

2) The venomous Monarch butterflies will be changed to venomous locusts (good symbolism) or venomous grasshoppers (actually toxic).

3) Olivia will awaken to the devastated mansion when she senses Alecsi has disappeared, when she also discovers her keepsakes have been stolen.4) Olivia’s mummification plays very well, especially her eyes shrunken like raisins.

4) It is possible that mook/renfield Eric will now be Erica, who has a uterine tumor, which Olivia will possess and use to manipulate Erica.

5) Despite her 5’9″ frame in life, Olivia will fit into the small Victorian terrarium.

6) Allusions to formerly extinct animal species being rediscovered must be prominent in the story.

7) The difference between “thrall” and “student” must be prominent theme; “Better the God you don’t know than the Devil you do.”

8) What is Olivia’s long term goal? May include driving away with silk scarf flowing. An Audi?





Writers: Use Your Quirks and There Are Bad Ideas

24 11 2020

Been sick last year and only recently got to reading stuff again. Been noticing writers giving writing advice, and those writers having only like a few short story credits.

This is puzzling because I wouldn’t have had the temerity. Then I realized, hey, I’ve got lots of credits now and a novel that made the 2014 long list for Best Novel in the Stoker Awards.

So okay, maybe I’ve got something to say now. I’ll start with this:

Avoid what everyone else is doing. Lovecraft is now what “Cherry-Flavor” was in the ’90s: it will either be an overpowering flavor punch or not taste anything like the original cherry.

Pastiche? Create your own sandbox. (Granted, this attitude kept me from modeling on older stories, thus learning how to write using that long-accepted method). So, in thinking more about it, use pastiches as templates for your own quirks.

What is a “quirk”?

A quirk is something that affects you, even on an oddly personal level. What creeps you? What scares you? Make the list long. Let me try one:

Airports devoid of people. Only seeing the top of someone’s head behind a shop counter. Crabs, and the evidence that evolution prefers crab physiology. Rot within something otherwise healthy. Prostate or colon disease. Dementia. Not having control of yourself and cruelly rejecting a loved one. Watching a series of tragedies in someone’s life with them not knowing they are all related. Eye injuries. Home invasions (I won’t even watch home invasion movies), THIS FRIGGIN BITCH….

Look at your lists and see if anything is uncommon or even unique. Use your pastiche to add your own dismaying quirk.

Know that you have a story idea and not just a neat visual or a Revelation of Horror. A story idea will have a transformation. A story idea will have a conflict. A story idea will have someone to care about.

Most neat visuals and RoHs are the germ of a story idea. Ask “How did this happen?” Ask “What happens next?” Play with that germ. Add elements of other ideas. Add this idea to other ideas.

Push an idea beyond reasonable boundaries. Where does it become new? Where does it become horrific? When does it become ridiculous?

What would make it tragic? Of all the people you know personally, who would be the worst person to deal with this story idea?

Does the idea now give you a thrill? Write it. Someone will like it.

Can’t make the idea work? You may not be able to write the idea at this time. Or it could be a bad idea.

Something people told me: there is no such thing as a bad idea. YES THERE IS. I’ve had them. Cupid’s cousin and the Quiver of Dysfunctional Relationships is a great one-liner. I tried for years to make it work. It does not. Will it work in another story with other ideas? Been messing with it for almost thirty years, so I don’t think so. You want the idea? Take it, it’s yours.

Something people told me but I did not believe: You are in a lifelong learning process. Even if no one likes this story, it is written and out of your head so new stories can grow. Writing is like a hobby in that it is a lifelong process. Are you better than you were two years ago? Do others appreciate your work more than when you started? Those are the guideposts to use to measure your progress.

I passed my first million words after twenty years of writing, around in 2010. I have to admit that even though I got stuff published before 2010, I didn’t write anything interesting until a few years ago.





If I want to listen to a John Lennon album, I’ll drop it out a window: Overdue Concerns I’ve Been Too Polite To Mention

8 10 2020

Hello all,

I’ve been a bit bottled up. Thoughts clog up my creative pipes and some of them are controversial. With your indulgence, I’m making a stand and letting you know a little more about me with these somewhat overdue thoughts.

This may be best read in the voice of Lewis Black:

The chick from The Bugaloos was cuter than Susan Day, hands down.

People say the Krofft Brothers were on LSD, but have you watched any Irwin Allen shows? The man mainlined borscht and laudanum.

The company name “WHAMM-O” should have warned us re the safety of their toys.

If I want to listen to a John Lennon album, I’ll drop it out a window. If I want to listen to an Oasis album, I’ll drop a John Lennon album out the window.

Its not that I don’t like The Beatles. It’s that everyone is expected to love The Beatles.

How did I get into writing horror and humor? There was a penguin atop my telly.

Horror is Fantasy fiction for atheists and agnostics. Not my original thought here, but I like it.

Some Christian Apologists would be atheists if they could meet atheists who weren’t snotty.

Lincoln was wrong: you don’t need to fool all of the people all of the time. Just the right people at the right time. Never mind that about seven percent of the people believe in Q and The Storm.

Dungeon and Dragons, Sports, Politics, Fandoms, Religion all keep the same parts of the brain occupied. Trivia, statistics, ritual, dogma.

The Right is afraid of all the immigrants, but they don’t seem to consider those who come from Communist states. There are first generation immigrants equating Single Pay with marching to the gulags.

Yes, Ellen DeGeneris is abusive. Have you seen “Ellen’s Show Of Shows”? People have to win the chance to have water dumped on them. Or the bucket may contain loose bills which they have to pick from the wet floor. They Win The Chance To Do This.

The US network CBS went from “Shows Your Grandpa Watches” to “Shows Your Grandpa Watches While Cradling His Sig-Sauer”.

“SNL” is the show written by trust fund babies and only as good as the experienced artist hosting that week. All for an audience of Lorne Michaels. Michael Che is an exception and even he’s in over his head.

Fight me, if I’m in the mood.





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