Storytime: A Man Named Orpheus

Orpheus was what was known as a minstrel, and he really enjoyed playing on the violin. Of course, that wasn’t enough for some people. Some had to go and make rumors about him being Apollo’s son, teasing poor Orpheus that his Mom went around banging gods. … More Storytime: A Man Named Orpheus

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Read Anything (and everything)

Have no shame if your favorite books are popular books like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. Don’t listen to people who say a book isn’t any good; read it for yourself, you be the judge. Find the little nuggets that will help you learn to write better. And, likewise, don’t you dare put yourself through the disastrous experience of being forced to read something terrible just because it’s supposed to be a ‘classic’ or because someone else has declared all non-readers of the book uneducated. … More Read Anything (and everything)

Great Read: The Loner’s Manifesto by Anneli Rufus

Sometimes you read something and you can really relate to it, and sometimes you read something and every single sentence can make you FEEL. This story from Party of One: The Loner’s Manifesto encapsulates both of those and crafts into a short, but elegant story. I read it and felt the need to share it with you. … More Great Read: The Loner’s Manifesto by Anneli Rufus

“If You Write Every Day, You Are A Writer” – Alan Moore

As with any group of people, the group that calls themselves ‘writers’ has some among them that are mightily pretentious. You will know these people by their loud and authoritative dictations about who truly is and who is not a writer. Now, myself, I have gotten sick and tired of listening to these pretentious tarts yammering on about the litany of requirements to be considered a ‘true’ writer … More “If You Write Every Day, You Are A Writer” – Alan Moore

The Amazing Slave Ship

The story goes that this man, this captain of a slave ship, was roughing the harsh, stormy seas one night — rain was pouring, waves were splashing, lightning was flashing brightly in the sky. And yet, below all of that, beyond all of that, there was the hum of singing coming from just under the deck, in the bowels of the ship. … More The Amazing Slave Ship

My Favorite Short Story: The Price by Neil Gaiman

I always feel such a sense of satisfaction after reading The Price; like the feeling you get when a chip crunches just right, or when your Dunkin Donuts coffee doesn’t burn your tongue off when you sip it. It’s real good stuff, you won’t regret spending sixteen minutes on this masterpiece of a story. … More My Favorite Short Story: The Price by Neil Gaiman

7 Remarks To Get You Killed Off In A Writer’s Next Novel

All of these are things I have had said to me. My responses, listed here, are my fantasy responses. You see — in civilized society it is often best to keep our mouths shut and take a deep breath. But, this blog does not belong in civilized society, so this is no-holds-barred. I’m sure other readers will relate and hope non-readers will, after reading, beware. … More 7 Remarks To Get You Killed Off In A Writer’s Next Novel

A Note on Originality: Shapes of Stories

The video above outlines the nature of stories. That being that they come in only a few particular shapes. This was a comforting video, for me, because it established in my mind what I had to do to be original. Because, you see, no one is actually expecting you to reinvent the wheel — they just want to see different styles of rims from time to time. … More A Note on Originality: Shapes of Stories