“This is America” as Horror Film

8 05 2018

I keep coming back and watching this. Leave the social commentary behind (you don’t have to, of course, but please, just for a moment) and watch it as a short horror movie. The changes in tone. The riots in the background like anything out of 28 Days Later or World War Z. The Ironside theme […]

via Bandwagon, jumped on; This is America as a horror film — We crashed the gate doing 98





Words To Live By From A Fellow Author

19 01 2018

(https://pixabay.com) To all the writers out there, whoever you are and wherever you may be, please remember to value yourselves, to respect your efforts, and to keep on writing. Also please remember, writing comes from dedication and consistency and not from waiting for inspiration. (https://pixabay.com) Please follow the following links to find my novel: […]

via A Simple Hope For Writers — charles french words reading and writing





Stuff your face this Thanksgiving with… — Unreadable Disk Error

23 11 2017

I don’t know about you, but when I’m sitting around the table at Thanksgiving, looking at my family, I like to wonder what the scenario would be if a chest-burster from Alien were to suddenly appear. Now, though a chest-burster wouldn’t be too much fun at this festive gathering, I think we all can agree […]

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The Haunting Hours

16 08 2017




Ten Types of Authors Who Can Go Fuck Themselves

27 07 2017

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GETTING A FIVE YEAR PLAN TOGETHER

30 06 2017

I was knocked for a loop two weeks ago when my writers group met. They told me my novel still wasn’t working, this after 80k words on an 50k work. 

I’m still processing what I should do next. I had day job related stuff for a week, then I had vacation time to burn off. Here I am.

I had a FIVE year plan back in 2011. Overall, I deserve a B- on my results. I did not plan well enough on self-publishing, but I did get that blurb and good reviews, so I’m fairly content.

Now What?

My next plan will have three series, three books each, with maybe two other pen names. One series will be a Nerd Noir with people I know from life and work getting involved with crime capers.  A second series will be a dump for my AD&D RPG ideas, maybe. The third would be doing the TAB horror stuff. 

Plot and series outlines next. 





25 Years Of Writing Says: Don’t Write Short Stories

23 05 2017

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As noted before, I’ve been sending stories out since 1989. Am I a famous author? I am not. But I have been professionally published, and for the indulgence of other rewarding interests, I may have been farther along in my writing career.

What I have learned about writing and its profession:

If you are going to write, write novellas or novels. I have always had very good ideas. My interest in getting into short story markets made me edit these ideas down to the market optimum 4000 words. Editors would respond “Needs more”. I would move on to the next idea which I would cut down, etc. I thought ideas were putty that could be massaged into any length. An idea is a block of marble. Cut one wrong and the whole statue is ruined.

If you are going to write short stories, get paid for them. Thankfully, I always had this rule. Getting upvotes in your writing community feels good. Sooner or later you will want more. Cut out the middleman and go straight to market.

If you aren’t getting paid for your story, self-publish. This wasn’t available to me earlier of course, but it is something I will pursue.

Network. Life is all about “who you know.” It’s uncomfortable. The good news is everyone’s uncomfortable too.

Save originality for later. I went straight for “sensational”, “innovative”, and “original”. What I didn’t learn was “structure”, “character development”, and “simplicity”. One idea per plot. Write your slash. File off those serial numbers. Study your authors and write pastiches. That said…

Invent your own magic system. Play in someone else’s sandbox, they get the right to pick nits.

Be nice. Any professional community is like High School. One tweet can set back years of work. Small communities thrive on making outcasts. Be nice.

I used to think “write what makes your mother uncomfortable” and the audience will find you. Instead, your priority is “write what you love and look for your audience.”

Ignore other writers. You can become distracted, frustrated, and despair. If you can’t ignore another writer’s work, that’s one of the few writer you should study.

Classes, conventions, retreats, and Clarion-Odyssey-Taos Toolbox-that thing Tom Monteleone does…do them. I have wasted tens of thousands of dollars sitting in coffee shops. The writers who have gone to bigger things sacrificed to do these activities to learn and network. That said…

The Most Important Advice:

Accept that any of your ideas may suck. No amount of rewriting or networking will help an idea that sucks. Move on to the next idea. I wasted about four years rewriting a bunch of half-baked, “sensational” ideas. They sucked. I should have moved on. Now if a story doesn’t get published in the first few submissions, I trunk it and move on.





A Flight of Fantasy

10 05 2017

Source: A Flight of Fantasy








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