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.

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