Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Rules for Writing

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Rules for Writing

Were I to have the privilege of sitting somewhere in time past and listening to Kurt Vonnegut, I’m sure I would leave unsettled.   Shocked probably. Maybe irked. Moved, I think. But I guarantee you this.  I would be uncomfortable with Things as They Are. Mr. Vonnegut knew how to write, how to speak, how to engage […]

Speculative Fiction: High Fantasy Rules!

Speculative Fiction: High Fantasy Rules!

High fantasy vs. low fantasy. Nah, we’re not watching them wrestle. We’re talking about the difference. For many writers, low fantasy – fantasy that takes place in our world, whatever time period – is fun. You can focus on the plot twists and character, toss in paranormal details or magic, without having to come up […]

Aw, YEAH. Winners and Wisdom

Aw, YEAH. Winners and Wisdom

Aw, yeah. We have a winner for both Mary Weber’s signed copy of Siren’s Fury and a signed copy of Jess Evander’s Saving Yesterday.  But first, a quick lesson. Awe, aw, ah, and aah! Awe, as a noun, means a humility-inducing dread, deep honor, or wonder at something or someone. When I study the immensity of the universe, awe fills […]

Get Your Grammar Fix(ed): Participles

Last week, I talked about verbs which masquerade as other parts of speech. For the sake of being thorough and keeping things together for our new readers, I’m bringing Perry Participle back for another round. If you read this last year, you’re free to decide whether the refresher will benefit you or no.  Cute, fuzzy […]