Tag Archive: books

Another Dystopian Science Fiction

My good friend Cassandra Amesley is writing her version of a dystopian science fiction novel. But her disaster influences three different planets where the natural order of things is on the verge of crumbling.… Continue reading

Clever Storytelling

In Airborn, Kenneth Oppel introduces the ship Aurora in one little surprise at a time. He begins the story with the hero, Matt Cruse, in the crow’s nest. I imagine Matt in a… Continue reading

Creating Plot Around a Good Fictional Lie

Lies are not good. The Bible says: Thou shalt not lie. Good advice. Yet every one tells them. “Your new hair cut is original.” “That new color in your living room … it’s… Continue reading

Should You Publish or Self-Publish?

Kerri Miller of the morning show, Daily Circuit, on Minnesota Public Radio is a lover of books and an avid reader. Kerri often interviews authors about life, writing and their latest publication. Here… Continue reading

Mystery of a Novel

There will be spoilers about the TV series Revolution in this blog posting. J.J. Abrams is devious and not to be trusted. He leads you to believe something is true when in fact… Continue reading

The Psychology of Characters

Fiction writers: storytellers, screenplay writers and novelists are the world’s greatest psychologists. They know how to break a character, destroy their self-confidence, and/or turn them evil. They also know how to undo that… Continue reading

Pacing a Chapter

Recently, I posted Pacing of a Novel. I wrote about how pacing set the tone of a novel. In this post, I write about how the pacing of a scene can bring a… Continue reading


I thought Changes, by Jim Butcher, of the Dresden Files, was the last of the series. I’ve read most of them twice and was settled that this was the last book I’d read… Continue reading

Why I hate reading………

There are so many good books out there and there’s not enough of me to read all of them. *** I thought to stop here. I know you’d understand, you have your own… Continue reading

John Carter

Finally, finally, I got to see John Carter the movie. I read the book series in high school, and was looking forward to seeing the movie almost as much as Matt Williams was… Continue reading

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