I’m thoroughly enjoying the whole process of writing again. Continue reading Update #1 – Dominique Kyle
the narrative arts – theatre, film and literature – are the windows through which the rest of us are enabled to experience the lives of others. If those lives are miss-represented then it creates the cultural attitudes that drive some men to behave inappropriately toward women Continue reading Saturday Sound Off – #METO and the difficulty of creating believable characters.
The bride wore a navy blue suit and a pill box hat. I wore the same suit I wore to dances. The reception was held in the bride’s home – booze in the garage, sandwiches in the kitchen. Continue reading Monday Memories – September 1963
The idea of people living together before marriage was still anathema then. Continue reading Monday Memories – The Summer of 1961
That’s what makes a great writer, according to Rebecca Bryn and she should know, being one of the greatest. Her work deserves much wider recognition. “For Their Country’s Good” would make a TV series to rival “Poldark” and “The Dandelion Clock”, which I had the privilege of reading pre-publication, has echoes of Michael Morpurgo’s “War Horse”. Writing that comes from the heart, with deep emotional overtones and well developed characters, will always captivate me as a reader. Ms. Bryn does that brilliantly. via It’s not what you know, it’s who you know! Continue reading It’s not what you know, it’s who you know!
When I first started the quest to develop my psychic abilities, I was convinced they didn’t exist. Continue reading A Date With . . . Val Tobin
“I don’t know him personally. But I do know he’s not fit to be an MP.”
“If the women voters knew what he’s really like they wouldn’t support him.” Continue reading MPs Abusing Clerks
Back in November I posted about coming third in Dan Alatorre’s “Word Weaver” contest with the theme of “Relationships”. The short listed stories are going to be published in an anthology soon. But we are stuck for a title. Feel free to offer your suggestions in the comments either here or on Dan’s original blog post. via What should the title be for an anthology about “relationships”? (And what should the cover look like?) Continue reading Looking for a Title
Earlier this week Stevie Turner posted a piece about character development. I commented on the piece, saying that I sometimes place my characters in difficult situations in order to see how they respond. Often these situations will be tangential to the actual work in progress. I’m posting here an example of that in which I explored aspects of the relationship between my main character in the novel Transgression and his partner through the partner’s eyes. I might add that it also impinges upon the recent discussion here about diversity in fiction because my characters are gay and I am not. … Continue reading Getting to Know Your Characters
The world is full of different, interesting people, and if our fiction doesn’t reflect that, it simply won’t be as rich. It is worth the time and effort required to write diverse characters authentically. Continue reading Handling Diversity in Fiction