kurt vonnegut’s eight rules for writing fiction

Eight rules for writing fiction: 1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. 2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. 3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass … Continue reading kurt vonnegut’s eight rules for writing fiction

“Every day takes figuring out all over again how to f***ing live.”

The above quote comes from the marvellous Deadwood, out of the mouth of the marvellous Calamity Jane. And I'm really feeling it right now. It's been a while since I've posted much of anything. Life is like that. Peaks and valleys. Hills and troughs. I feel like this is a lesson I've figured out before. … Continue reading “Every day takes figuring out all over again how to f***ing live.”

obligatory july post

I know I haven't posted anything in a while. I have no real excuse other than I have been writing, just not any blog posts. The body of one book is barely cold and I've already started on another. This one is a comedy, which is a nice change. It certainly makes life lighter. I am … Continue reading obligatory july post

writing and the importance of just getting it done

After extensive note-taking and a few false starts, just over two months ago, I actually sat down and starting writing that young adult subterranean fiction piece I first thought of more than half my life ago. (it is now best described as *bracing myself* a dystopian YA novel-meets-Jane Austen.) I've learned through this project the … Continue reading writing and the importance of just getting it done

black paintings in a white wing

Sometime in the late summer of 2008 - right before the crash - I was in Madrid. Madrid is home to one of my bucket list items (if I actually had a bucket list): Picasso's Guernica. Housed in the Museo Reina Sofia, Guernica is an absolutely astonishing sight to behold. The impact of such a piece … Continue reading black paintings in a white wing