My NaNoWriMo 2014

I sit down at the computer, coffee at the ready, my right hand man. I open my document, no longer blank, no longer waiting to be told what it is, what it’s going to be. 10,000 words stare back at me, waiting for more. A story is 50,000, 70,000, 90,000 brothers and sisters, crowding the … Continue reading

Flash Fiction: The Devil and Train

Okay, so this is not technically flash fiction. This is the draft opening to my current WIP, which I have been working on the last few months. This is why there has not been much flash fiction – so I thought I’d share a little of what I’m working on! It’s rough, but it’s the … Continue reading

Flash Fiction: Nightmare Man

She does not remember a time when he didn’t strangle her dreams and turn them into nightmares. When his eyes, black as pitch, bottomless, didn’t stare down at her through a snow white mask, a mask she knew was meant to disguise hideous scars, flesh opened up to world, exposing rotten muscle and bone. When … Continue reading

Flash Fiction: Hitchhiker

He was slouched and slender, with wild blond curls down to his shoulders. He was as beautiful as any woman I had ever met, and from the darkness beneath the eyes I could see that it had served him poorly. I had never been tempted to pick up hitchhikers before, but something in the way … Continue reading

Flash Fiction: Earl Gray

I sip Earl Gray tea at a table in the corner. It is dim and mysterious in my corner, exactly how I like it when seeing someone more attractive than I. Daylight is so unforgiving. I want to be mistaken for beautiful, even though my self consciousness will get the better of me once I … Continue reading

Flash Fiction: Cigarettes

He sits here with me in the darkness, smoking. God, how I used to hate smoking. I knew someday it would rob me of people I loved. Am I really so cynical these days, that I don’t even worry about that anymore? For fuck’s sake, it’s just a cigarette. For fuck’s sake, it’s not going … Continue reading

Grimm Versus Once Upon a Time

I really shouldn’t be lumping these two shows together because they truly are not in the same category. But I’m doing it because they both came out at the same time this past Fall, and both are based around the idea of fairy tales (though very different fairy tales, to be fair). Grimm is a … Continue reading

4 Ways NOT To Begin Your Novel, or the Meaning of Show Don’t Tell.

Oh sure, there are millions of posts about how to write your novel. This is not one of those posts. In fact, I’m barely gonna tell you how NOT to write your novel, despite the title of this post. I mean, c’mon. I’m not a published author, which seems to be the only credential that … Continue reading

Film Review: King Of Devil’s Island

I’m not sure where this film is available, but it screened at the film festival this past week. It’s a Norwegian film that won best picture at the Norwegian film awards this year. I have to say, it deserved it. It’s based on true events from the country’s own history. In 1915, a boy’s prison … Continue reading

My Emo Writing Adventure

I wrote 2500 words last night and had a very emotional time doing so. If  you haven’t already checked out Gregory Alan Isakov – he is an indie musician with some pretty powerful, if mellow, music –  you should do so. Anyway, I was listening to dear Gregory, tears in my eyes, as I pounded … Continue reading