Monday, December 20, 2010

Yahoo--Chemo is Done

Lets go, Dad! Put it in forward!

Come on, come on, come on!

Hang a left!

Left! Left! Left!

Ah, here again! They poke me with pins!

Come on, Dad! Get back on. Let's go!

We can still go home. They haven't seen us.

I don't know what the party's about, but the guests are nice. They've been wonderful to me the last two months. Really! Really! We don't come back for two months? How long is two months?

Mery Christmas, All
And Thanks to the folks at FVS

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I Over-Critique—I Hate Myself

I know it, but I can't control my compulsiveness. I recognize every writer has their own voice, and their words must sound like they wrote it. I'm really not trying to change their voice, I swear, but I know it comes across that way.

I'm compelled to reiterate my defense. I note the thoughts I have as I read. I explain in more detail than I would like, only because I've found if I don't, my thoughts are dismissed off-hand because the author doesn't understand "nonseq" means the two abutting sentences don't fit together and why.

It is maddening to me to express one passage is overwritten, while two sentences later I'm complaining there needs to be a tidbit of detail to anchor the reader in the scene.

I hate critiquing. It makes me feel so anal. But I love that my partners turn around and give it right back to me. I'm a sadist. I love every remark. You can't dump on me enough.

Write Every Day!


Friday, December 10, 2010


Rachel Hawkins (2010)

As a 53YO man, you can imagine I don't read many YA, though I've read the first of each of the Harry Potter and Twilight's, so ploughing into the last third of HEX HALL I was preparing to rave to you, how Hawkins surpassed Rowling and Meyer in storytelling, without bogging you down for six-hundred pages.

Then I found the main reason I read these days, my learning experience. Hawkins reinforced that a writer must stay consistent in her voice and timbre throughout a piece. HEX turned from a lovable read into a darker, Jim-Butcher-esk thriller.

As a reader I was disappointed in the change. I still enjoyed the greens on the back four holes. Hawkins is an excellent writer. Her characters are rich and intriguing. I look forward to a sequel, but I hope she maintains the same voice throughout.

Write Every Day!


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Favor from you Smokers Out There?

Please look in your rearview mirror before you flick those ashes. They don't mysteriously disappear once they're off the end of your cigarette. They float in the air. Burn the hell out of our eyes.  

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Garth Stein (2008)

I finished ART OF RACING a week ago but I put aside writing this blog hoping to find clarity for the piece. It is such an emotionally packed novel, it was hard to leverage like I usually do, to learn the craft. I don't think a writer can learn heart. You either have it or you don't.

I laughed out loud. My chest constricted. My throat tightened. I sobbed. Yes, all six-foot-two, two-hundred-thirty pounds of me.

Stein used the most unique voice I've ever read, from the mind of Enzo, the most eloquent canine I've ever imagined. I will be mulling Stein's use of POV for months. I have a fairly extensive vocabulary considering my redneck roots. Enzo sent me to the dictionary several times. 

In all seriousness, I do NOT recommend this novel for anyone who deals with depression. For everyone else, this is a must read.

Write Every Day!


Friday, December 3, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Emotional Drivers

Are your emotional drivers complementary? To the overall plot? The scene?

Write Every Day!