Troubleshooting a hardware problem – old school Non-geek version: I need a new computer… or least the insides of a new computer <Geek version> Last week I mentioned having hardware issues – I had hoped that a new power supply would do the trick but, no joy. I replaced the Power Supply and got… nothing. […]Read More Call the tech guy – Part Two
Okay, it’s not as traditional as the dog ate my homework but… my desktop won’t boot and I can’t get to my most recent edits… I was going to edit this afternoon, I really was, but my desktop has decided it doesn’t want to boot and unfortunately (or fortunately) I’m my ‘tech guy.’ This means, […]Read More Call the tech guy!
The answer, in my not so humble opinion, is yes… and no. Rhythm is in everything we do. It is the tick of the clock, the movement of the pendulum, the very beat of our hearts is rhythmic. Rhythm can be as simple or as complex as we want it to be, but it is […]Read More Poetry Part 2: Is there poetry without rhythm?
Today’s prompt at FlashFriday was particularly uninspiring for me, I did have a beginning line, but I had no idea what to do with it. This time, rather than take you through the revision process in detail, I’m going to present the two versions of the story I wrote. The prompt: Did I pick the […]Read More FlashFriday: Re-imaging a story
The predictability of being unpredictable. As I’ve stated earlier, I’ve been writing for flash fiction contests for over a year now, and although almost all the judges judge ‘blind’ (they collect the stories without the author’s information) they almost always know its me. “Why?” you ask. The easiest answer is: my voice. My voice is […]Read More Musing on voice, its advantages and disadvantages
A lot of writing workshops and classes will talk about style and voice. These are the spices that flavor your writing and make them yours. Finding your voice as a writer is very important: it helps you establish a rapport with your reader and gives them a connection that will, hopefully, draw them into your […]Read More A few thoughts on voice and cover letters.
This time, rather than reverse engineer my story’s progress and comment after the fact, I decided to write down the entire process. As you may or may not know, FlashFriday is a flash fiction (short story/micro fiction) contest that is, oddly enough, run every Friday. I’ve been participating for a little less than a […]Read More FlashFriday – Vol 2-6 – Anatomy of a story
1/10/2014 – Stay up until Midnight to see the picture and see if anything strikes me as interesting. – I have a few ideas, but a long day ahead of me so I go to bed. I have a few ideas for a story, but since most of them are fact not fiction I decide […]Read More Flash Friday Vol.2 -5 Adventures in Judging part 2
While I was writing about the woes of taking a writer to the movies, I remembered my own childhood, and having to tell my dad: “just sit back and watch…” I was too young to know the phrase “suspension of disbelief” but I understood the concept. To my dad’s credit, he was trying to teach […]Read More Never take a scientist to a Science Fiction Movie
I wrote my first flash fiction yesterday, and it was oddly more challenging that I’d expected. There are the standard concerns: will I be able to come up with something for a prompt and have it ready to post within 24 hours; I’m posting in front of strangers, who are reading for the flash, not […]Read More Writing my first flash fiction