Sentenced: Struggles with Short Stories

Stephen King must have a much more affectionate relationship with short stories than I do. The past two months I spent writing pieces for ASU’s cli-fi short story contest—submitting them just a few days shy of the deadline last Friday—didn’t feel like a passionate, mysterious encounter. More like a home invasion. Let’s review the charges:... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Character Tropes

Okay, technically it's Thursday (I've been traveling, so I'm running late this week, sorry)! But I still wanted to share in the fun of comparing favorite character tropes. Bickering Romance My favorite character trope dates back to at least 1599, exemplified by Beatrice and Benedick in Shakespeare’s brilliant comedy Much Ado About Nothing. These couples... Continue Reading →

W.A.R.S.: The Character Killing Fields

I killed a character today. And it bothered me....because it was easy. So many authors have commented on how difficult it is killing their characters, I expected procrastination and pain. But I didn't even need to spend twenty minutes picking a soundtrack song, like I do to set the mood for most scenes with a... Continue Reading →

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