The Poetry Diet – a poem a day to help everything

Conquer your fear of poetry, readers! Try the poetry diet! I’m not a poetry expert, but as part of my DIY-MFA I’ve been reading a poem a day as a kind of poetry diet since last February, and it is *really* helping my imagination. I have also read Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled and learned... Continue Reading →

Haiku poems: London

 I'm sharing more of my stuff this year - another personal aim. Continuing my fun with the haiku form of three lines and restricted syllable pattern of 5-7-5*, here are some haiku I wrote this week, recalling a work trip to London. I think I would need at least 200 haiku to make a book of them.... Continue Reading →

Defining the ideal fantasy book

As a reader, I know what I want. And I very rarely find it. Toni Morrison said Write the book you want to read but sometimes I struggle to define what I want. James Scott Bell talks about essential scenes in every genre, but fantasy is the one he doesn't give examples for.* And let's face it... Continue Reading →

Story: Two Zeros

As a regular contributor at Short Fiction Break, I publish a story with them every month. This is the one for January 2018 - a quick read about two people under pressure from more than just time. https://shortfictionbreak.com/two-zeros/ IFAQ - Infrequently Asked Question: Is the spelling zeros or zeroes? I had to look this up. Apparently the... Continue Reading →

Random Fantasy Romance Title Generator

RomanticFantasyTitleGenerator What do you do when lethargy strikes? Learn something new that you can loosely claim helps your writing, of course!  I created a Romantic Fantasy Story Title Generator. I used to create random name and occupation generators using Microsoft Excel. I still have one of those from Olden Times, OCCUPATIONS which you can download with... Continue Reading →

You already know what to do, so get editing.

I am editing the first draft of my light-hearted fantasy. And it seems like it might never be finished. But three things happened this week to motivate me into getting the job done and out the door. I already made a list of some steps in the editing process here. These are the steps I... Continue Reading →

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