Wednesday, December 23, 2015

10 Great Writer's Quotes

Great Writers quotes about and I thought I'd take the holiday season to share a few with you. 

What better time to take a break from writing and reflect a bit, both soberly and with some humor?

So here are some of my faves - Oh ye writers out there, think about them and reflect.

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
—Ernest Hemingway
          - Who can argue that?

“I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.”
—Roald Dahl, WD
          - I'm there!

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
—Stephen King
          - There's a lesson there.

“Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players. … I have 10 or so, and that’s a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.”
—Gore Vidal
           - Ahhhhh, those voices in our heads!

 “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.”
—Elmore Leonard
          - Another lesson learned.

 “There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.”
—Doris Lessing
          - So true.

“If you tell the reader that Bull Beezley is a brutal-faced, loose-lipped bully, with snake’s blood in his veins, the reader’s reaction may be, ‘Oh, yeah!’ But if you show the reader Bull Beezley raking the bloodied flanks of his weary, sweat-encrusted pony, and flogging the tottering, red-eyed animal with a quirt, or have him booting in the protruding ribs of a starved mongrel and, boy, the reader believes!”
—Fred East, WD
          - He's giving the involve the reader advice - don't just tell them what's going on.

 “Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”
—Ray Bradbury, WD
          - Love the poetry of this one.

“There is only one plot—things are not what they seem.”
—Jim Thompson
          - Think about it, it's true. 

“Beware of advice—even this.”
—Carl Sandburg, WD
           - That about sums it up. 

In closing I must mention the release of the third in our comic series Planet Of The Eggs - Mummified Egg. An exciting adventure far from
Eggland where our superhero eggs find the lair of the Mummified Egg and the horror is unleashed. Grab your copy today! 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Writer's Office Tour

I decided it might be time to let my readers and friends who haven't visited in a while checkout my office and my organization of it (or lack thereof).  So come on along and I'll give you the two penny tour. 

First there's the actual place where I do actual writing - my computer and it's on a Veridesk.  What's that you say?  Well, it's an adjustable surface I can easily raise up or down.  I stand when I write about half the day and sit about half. Lots of ups and downs in a writer's life!

Yep, there's the chair, I do sit down on occasion. There's also a nice window behind me, a better shot of that, and the dog bed later. 

And of course the resident dog, actually one of three. This little guy is Hans and he frequently occupies the little dog bed under the window.  You can kind of get a dog-eyed view up toward my desk.

Here's that nice window, and a bit of the view at the mountains beyond. Hey, I have a great view and that picture was taken when there was still some snow on the ground.
Moving on - this is the back of my office.  That door you see leads to...well, not part of my office so I'll leave it to your imagination. That antler-topped staff in the corner was a gift from a screenwriter friend and of course you can see the beginning of the books.

Lots and Lots of books... research, binders I've put together with info I need, fun books, fiction, still have shelves loaded with books - in addition to my kindle.  Ah the life of the writer in this age...


Then there are the filing cabinets. Yep, need lots of space for those contracts, printed articles and old manuscripts and screenplays, copyrights, script registrations, general business, emails and, well you get the gist - lots of paper. 

Oh, look! It's the small dog bed. It's empty in the photo, but Hans is lying in it right now. Good dog!

Look! It's the exit!  The doorway to the outside world which I don't see very much of. And the bulletin board directly across from my desk. Lots of stuff on it. A calendar so I can keep track of what the heck day it is and any meetings or appointments, family pics, clippings and reference bits and pieces. There's a stairway down just to the left of the bulletin board so watch your step.
Oh, and if you couldn't see it clearly earlier, here's a nice shot of some books I've had published all lined up on that shelf. Go ahead, check out my Amazon author page.

And because they don't show everything there, take a minute and visit the Planet Of The Eggs facebook page for the latest on a comic series I've been working on and my webpage for more info.  

I have a great work space - worked for years to get it this way. Might not suit others well, but it's great for me. Come back and visit often. Tell me if you have any suggestions for making it even better.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Interview With Writer M Pax 's Friends from Settler Oregon - The Rifters

Today I'm turning this blog over to a great writer, M Pax. 

M. Pax is author of the space adventure series The Backworlds, plus other novels and short stories. Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckons  to her, and she blames Oregon, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine Mountain Observatory in the summers as a star guide and has a cat with a crush on Mr. Spock. Learn more at
So what's on tap next for Pax?  There's the release of her third in the Rifters Series, and here's what folks are already saying about this fantastic series:

“The world Pax creates here is like the Wild West meets Ghostbusters with some Stargate and a bit of Steampunk thrown in. Even though everything seems a bit familiar, it’s not, which is what makes it compelling.”

Got it? Good! Now let's check in with a couple of the folks who're hip deep in the goings on at Settler Oregon where the Rift has settled in for the long haul, Darli Dae Long and Earl Blacke. 

So, tell our readers a little about yourselves. Daelin, ladies first.

Please call me Daelin. I can’t stand my full name (Darlin Dae Long). I had a great job in New York City as an editorial assistant at a publisher. I loved it. Then I was laid off, and on my way home I was robbed on the subway. Lost my last paycheck and the jerk even took my stapler. My sister invited me to stay with her and helped me get a job as county librarian in the dinky town of Settler, OR. Not only do I guard books, I guard the town from monsters.

over to you Earl...

My name wasn’t always Earl Blacke, but that’s what I want to be called in this century. I was plucked out of 1888 after I was released from San Quentin. I went through some rift in Oregon and ended up in this modern century. I own a resort ranch and I fight monsters.

All righty!  Can you tell us what it is about Settler that holds you there and would you remain if the Rift closed for good?

Daelin: My sister is missing. She went through that rift and warns of brewing evil on the other side. Once she’s safe, I might move on with my life. Maybe. Settler is growing on me a bit, and I kind of like battling monsters. It makes me feel powerful, which is better than a sniveling victim on a subway platform. I swore I would never be a victim again, and I mean it.

Earl: If the rift went away, Settler would be quiet. That’s just fine with me. It’d be best if the world didn’t find out who I really am.

Sounds like Settler has a lot to offer other than the Rift, but that's pretty hairy.

Can the two of you tell us a little about the dangers of the rift?

Daelin: So far I’ve defeated a head-stealing phantom and a swarm of volcanic killer ash bees. I haven’t met anything from the rift yet not out to kill us all.

Earl: Hey, there’s me. I’m from the rift. I’m not trying to kill you.

Daelin: Maybe not, but I don’t fully trust you either.

Earl: I’m harmless. It’s my supposed ‘friend’ from the rift that can’t be trusted. He’s hiding something.

Daelin: Yeah, something big. We better find out what it is before we’re all dead.

Hmmm, thank you both. The rest of us will have to ponder just how far this Rift and it's denizens might spread. I urge my readers to read on and keep tabs on what might be coming next. 

To help us all out M Pas has a great offer. If you need to catch up on the Rifters you can read books 1 & 2 in the Rifter series for free by becoming an M. Pax Reader. ENTER MY DIMENSION
Don't pass that up. 

And. Dec. 1, the third in the series releases. The Reader, releases!  Grab it quick!  Don't get blind-sided by the denizens of the Rift.  

Buy links for The Reader:
AmazonUK / AUS / CA / DE / FR / ES / IT / NL / JP / BR / MX / IN
iBook / Nook / GooglePlay / Kobo / Smashwords / inktera / Scribd

With the rift closed for the season and no more monsters to fight, Daelin Long gets bored as librarian in the podunk town of Settler, Oregon. A job interview and her brother’s arrival present a tempting opportunity to escape, until her brother and her best friend, a ghost, disappear.

While Daelin searches for them, more mysteries pile up: dead people coming back to life, portraits of the town founders replaced with strange white trees, and people on the other side of the rift returning. It’s impossible. The portal that allows monsters from other universes to come to Earth is sealed until next summer.

The Rifters, a secret group protecting our world, believe the troubles are nothing more than the tantrums of an offended ghost. Daelin disagrees. If she’s right, the evil hell-bent on destroying Earth has new technology making the rift more deadly.

Before the monster summons the next apocalypse, Daelin must find it and destroy it.

Thanks for the interview Daelin and Earl, and for introducing us to them M Pax. Looking forward to the next adventure and whatever might crawl, sling, fly or splat out of the rift!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Writer's Thanksgiving

To those in the US, happy upcoming Thanksgiving. 


As a writer there’s a good and a bad side to this. Yep, I love Thanksgiving. Food Friends, relaxation, who could complain?

Well, actually I could. Here’s the thing. I’m involved in a new comic series, Planet Of The Eggs (the latest of which, Grimoire: Book of Spells, is FREE 

Nov. 25 and 26 – yep, tomorrow and Thanksgiving Day), so I have to buckle down and get the word out today. I'll be all over the web letting folks know about the freebie, so if you want to help, tell your friends, tweet, spread the word! 

Additionally, I’m going to cook (yeah, well, I volunteered), have guests coming in so must clean the house, have a novel three quarters finished and the third comic, Mummified Egg, due to release in mid Dec.  My plate’s kinda full, but figuratively and literally. 


sneak peek at Mummified Egg
That’s the thing with writers. We don’t have a regular job to go to or a time clock to punch. Many of us work much more because of that, some get kind of lazy. Ahem, but we’re not here to talk about them.

It's the desert, what did you expect?

Nope, it’s a ‘me’ day here at my blog, all about me and my own personally set demands upon myself. So here I sit, writing for my blog – with a guest blog that needs doing as well, and waiting for a great writer friend to send back the questions I asked for her interview as she has a new book releasing soon as well. (I’ll be blogging about that soon).

And I’m thinking about the cooking and cleaning I have to squeeze in as well, tonight and tomorrow night and of course Thursday morning. Thank heavens I have a husband to lends a hand. He’ll be doing the turkey and helping me peel and cut the apples for the pie, assisting in the clean-up and other details.

But he can’t help with the work I need to do on the new comic in the Planet Of The Eggs series my writing/creating partner, Charlene Brash Sorensen and I are hard at work on. We have to give thought to the cover as we’re so close to thinking of the upcoming release. A few more pages of the book itself to finish, then edit. Thanksgiving comes at an awkward time for us :-0  But, we’re both good soldiers, so onward and upward! 

The fantastic news is that the first in our comic series, Planet Of The Eggs: Cracked Open, has gotten 5 star reviews on Amazon and Grimoire: Book Of Spells a 4 star; you know, the freebie for two days, go take a look.  Of course we’re always looking for more honest reviews, so feel free to jump right in, grab that free copy I mentioned above and let us know what you think.  Comment here and/or leave a review on Amazon. And don’t forget we have a page on facebook as well and we love people to like it. 

Enjoy that Thanksgiving feast. 

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