I’m thinking about making a (semi) major story adjustment. I’m considering moving the whole tale about forty years into the past. Here’s my thinking: All stories basically come down to some really simple idea (as George Lucas said of Indiana Jones … [Continue reading] about Forty Years
When I tell people that my novel is set on an ostrich farm in the southern California desert, the question inevitably comes up: “why ostriches?” but watch these two videos: RACING and FARMING and you’ll have to agree, ostriches are both powerful and … [Continue reading] about Why Ostriches?
Thank you all so much for your input. Many good arguments were made, as were many interesting suggestions for that matter, and I’ve made my decision. My main character’s name will be Talulah Jones. Thank you Summer for the suggestion. I think MMC’s … [Continue reading] about The Winner Is
Okay faithful readers, I need your help. A very important question has been plaguing my brain. As you’ve no doubt gathered by now, my main character’s name is Talula. Talula Jones. She is the daughter of a teenage runaway named Sharon Jones. Sharon … [Continue reading] about Tal(l)ula(h) Jones
I’ve hiked to the top of half dome in Yosemite four times. It is one of my favorite places on earth. I love to dangle my feet over that 5,000 foot drop and just bask in the bubbling sensation that swims around in my stomach. It’s always a little … [Continue reading] about Learning To Shoot, In the Name of Fiction
Last week I worked on my outline. By laying out a sequence of cards, and forcing myself to work all the way through to the end, I was able to see where the weakest part of my story was. It was a little disheartening, because the spot I struggled with … [Continue reading] about Where Inspiration Waits
To my great disappointment, I wasn’t able to get to the gun shop last week. We had friends and family in town, threw a fabulous New Years Eve party (if I do say so myself), and spent the whole weekend cleaning up. At said fabulous party, a good … [Continue reading] about Scene By Scene