Having Fun with Book Covers

Here is one of my initial attempts at designing a book cover for my work in progress YA fantasy novel The Madian.  This is the cover that greets potential readers on both WattPad and FictionPress. Personally, I love the simplicity of this design.  Knowing the story as intimately as I do the image speaks toContinue reading “Having Fun with Book Covers”

Using FanFiction for Writing Practice & Cinematic Therapy

If you’ve read my blog you know I’m a massive Star Wars fan.  Though I’ve seen the film twice I’m still not sure of how I feel about The Last Jedi. I think my main source of distress is simply not understanding how the story progresses from here. To me, The Last Jedi felt to muchContinue reading “Using FanFiction for Writing Practice & Cinematic Therapy”

Why Don’t I Feel Forlorn?

via Daily Prompt: Forlorn At times I wonder, am I delusional? Why don’t I feel more hopeless, unfulfilled, abandoned? Maybe I should, maybe I’m in denial. Whatever the case, I don’t feel forlorn and I can’t help but wonder why. Nearly two years ago I left a good job in a rather toxic environment. IContinue reading “Why Don’t I Feel Forlorn?”

Around the Hearth, Dreadfully

Trying my hand at Flash Fiction, 1,500 words to be exact. Enjoy! Another year, another embarrassment of Christmas riches.  A family blessed one might think. Look closer and you can smell the rot just below the surface. I plaster a smile to my face pretending to delight in this year’s loot.  Funny, this act seemsContinue reading “Around the Hearth, Dreadfully”

Spoilers! “The Last Jedi” Review – So Many Mixed Emotions.

In a post earlier this week I provided a non-spoiler review of the movie.  If you haven’t seen “The Last Jedi” yet I suggest you start there first. SPOILERS!     SPOILERS!     SPOILERS! OK with the spoiler warning out of the way where to begin?  Initial first impressions are probably best so here goes.  IContinue reading “Spoilers! “The Last Jedi” Review – So Many Mixed Emotions.”

My Spoiler Free Review of “The Last Jedi” – There is a lot to absorb. Give it time to sink in, it may change your initial take.

“WTF just happened?” “Where the hell do they go from here?” Those were my first two very unsettling thoughts while leaving the cinema after watching “The Last Jedi.”  I can understand if one were compelled to write a review of the movie immediately upon first viewing the overall sentiment would not be positive (as evidencedContinue reading “My Spoiler Free Review of “The Last Jedi” – There is a lot to absorb. Give it time to sink in, it may change your initial take.”

Chasing Carrie Fisher

In honor Carrie Fisher and the opening of “The Last Jedi” later this week I decided to read all of Carrie’s memoirs and watch her one woman special “Wishful Drinking”. While I was on my “Carrie-binge” I threw in “Bright Lights” about her Hollywood upbringing and relationship with her mother Debbie Reynolds for good measure.Continue reading “Chasing Carrie Fisher”

Reading Agatha Christie: I can see the puzzle outline but the interior remains elusive.

As is often the case with me, I was recently inspired by a movie opening to explore the literary source material.  I’m one of those people who assumes that if a movie is based on a book, the book is likely better.  In my experience that is usually the case.  The last time it wasContinue reading “Reading Agatha Christie: I can see the puzzle outline but the interior remains elusive.”

Where To Open A Story?

This is an interesting question because the flippant answer would be at the beginning of course!  But what is a beginning?  There can be many entry points to a story, with each potentially leading the narrative in very different directions.  I’ve just completed another Writing Challenge from Wonderbook (Vandermeer) that nicely illustrates this idea.  TheContinue reading “Where To Open A Story?”