OMG What If They Like It!?

There are only 4 months left until Modern Persuasion is published.  I am dealing with a whole new set of emotions and anxieties.  Some I anticipated, but there are quite a few I did not expect at all. I have passed through the phase where I worry what will happen if people don’t like theRead more

NaNoWriMo: Day 14

It has been a rough week.  Not for writing, things are coming along beautifully with the writing.  It has just been a tough week.  I don’t think anyone will really wonder why.  I have turned to writing as a way to help process what is going on in the US.   Here is what hasRead more

NaNoWriMo Adventures 2016: Day 7

Every NaNoWriMo is different for me.  All I know about how I write is that I do it best with a 30 day/50,000 word goal.  Other than that, there are no rules.  No, that’s not accurate: I also cast my characters.  A lot of time is spend casting who would play this character among celebrities.Read more

Issues in Modernizing Classics: Is It Just Fan Fiction

I think the final, and most difficult, issue when modernizing a classic is the risk of it being nothing more than fan fiction.  It’s not that fan fiction is bad in any way, but that fan fiction is a beast unto itself.  There is more variety in fan fiction than in any other writing outRead more

Issues in Modernizing Classics: The Setting

When I talk about setting, in terms of old novels, I am not just talking about the place, but also the time.  Austen variations are fascinating, but the key is most of them merely extend the narrative of the original.  They focus on what happened before, what happened after, another point of view, or justRead more

Issues in Modernizing Old Novels: Character Development

There are a variety of problems and concerns I have as author and reader of modernizations.  One of those issues is character development.  I often ask myself the question: can said character exist in the 21st century?  There are plenty of follow up questions: What is it about said character that doesn’t/does work? What would beRead more

Issues in Modernizing Classics: Should I?

Clearly the world is, for good or bad, in some type of reboot mania.  At least, Hollywood executives are.  While movie reboots seem to focus on changing the sex of characters or utilizing new technology to tell the same story, I have noticed something connected going on in fiction books.  I have ranted (typically) aboutRead more

I Feel Stabby

One of the big projects I am working on is creating a universe from some very bad fan fiction mashups in my past.   See, much of what I wrote for NaNoWriMo in the first, oh, 10 years, was me writing elements of a story I had in my head, but was primarily my versionRead more

Weekly Reading: Xenocide

I have read 3 of the books in Orson Scott Card’s Ender Wiggin Series.  I enjoyed the first two books, but Xenocide, the third in the series, left me irritated.  Why?  Well, for the same reason my own work can sometimes irritate me: too much explaining.  All that seems to happen in the book is peopleRead more

Publishing on a Whim

A couple of weeks ago I sat in a small workshop for local writers.  The discussion was suppose to be about getting an agent to help you get published.  Most of the people in the room were self-published authors or those published with small publishers looking to take the next step.  The speaker asked us aboutRead more