In anticipation for the upcoming John Carter film, I decided to pick up Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars, the first of eleven books in the John Carter series. During my research, I was completely floored to learn about the character of Dejah Thoris. Burroughs describes her this way, John Carter and Dejah Thoris... Continue Reading →
Never Knew Another
With a title like Never Knew Another, I imagined life deep in the woods, far from other human beings. It's amazing what another writer can imagine when looking at a book cover---and how different the actual story turns out to be. Never Knew Another by J.M. McDermott reads like a noir crime thriller set in inner city Chicago. But... Continue Reading →
Submission Guidelines for Publishing in 2012
Here are some submission guidelines, straight from the Writer's Market 2012. I only wish I was making these up!Don't do what we do, do what we say."We are being inundated with queries and submissions that are wrongfully being submitted to us, which only results in more frustrated for the writers." (That's not the only thing... Continue Reading →
The Devil’s Advocate: Everything You Know about Writing is Wrong
I always dress in my 18th century formal attire when I write.How-To Write Fiction? Advice is everywhere, from books to magazines to the Internet. Most of this advice focuses on plot, character development, and style. If you're an aspiring writer, you've probably gone over these before. But while I can't argue that plot or character isn't... Continue Reading →
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