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June 24, 2006 | Comments (3) | Permalink

It's Just One of Those Things

Some of you may have noticed that I haven't posted in a long while. I do apologize, but life has taken a front seat to my blogging activities for right now.

I do expect to come back to writing and blogging in the future, but for now, consider me on a long vacation. Thanks to you who have emailed to check in! I am doing fine.

Enjoy your summer, and I hope your writing goes well!

May 26, 2006 | Comments (4) | Permalink

Injecting Some Suspense

I caught this article from MBToolBox this afternoon. The topic is something that most fiction writers face at one point or another, but for some, it applies even more.

The stuff that I like to write (although it’s been a while since I’ve done any serious writing) is chocked full of suspense. As to whether my suspense scenes are any good, well, that’s an entirely different story!

Read Seven Ways to Inject Suspense into Your Novels

On another note, have a great Memorial Day Holiday! If you’re out traveling, be safe, as it’ll be a madhouse out there.

May 23, 2006 | Comments (4) | Permalink

The Ever-Expanding Wikipedia has caught a bit of news about the highly popular Wikipedia – the Internet’s encyclopedia of knowledge that is created and edited by everyday people.

The Wikipedia is now expanding its reach by providing its massive collection of knowledge on print, CDs, and DVDs. It was a matter of time before they dominated other mediums.

I personally enjoy my research with the Wikipedia. There really isn’t any limit to what’s available through that resource, and I post references to them all the time.

Read Wikipedia May Soon Be Available In Print

May 20, 2006 | Comments (3) | Permalink

Villains and Heroes and All of That Good Stuff

Yes, yes, it has been a couple of days since my last post. Other things have kept me at bay, call it life, or business. But the important thing is that I didn’t just disappear from the face of the earth, right?

I was doing a bit of browsing and came across a post from an unlikely source. Up until recently, Bubbles In My Head was a blog that seemed devoted to poetry in all of its forms. Very informative, but just not something I’m into yet. Now, it seems Zoe has expanded a bit into other literary zones, which includes fiction. You've got my attention now!

Two of her most recent posts touch on something that I don’t think I’ve written about yet: villains and heroes.

Just like many plots are based on master templates of one kind or another, characters are usually the same. Villains and heroes are all created with traits that have a commonality across the board, even though they may not be readily apparent. Zoe does a good job in describing some of the common archetypes out there.

I’ll stop droning now and let you get on to the good stuff!

Read Zoe’s Villain Post and Heroes Post