Category: Books

Tiffany ring or Tiffany-style ring?

Published by on August 16, 2017
Categories: Editing Opinion

Tiffany ring or Tiffany-style ring? Yes, there is a difference, as Costco Membership Warehouse Club found out when they lost in court to Tiffany & Co., the jeweler made famous for inventing the four-prong setting showcasing jeweled stones. It seems the signage in the Costco stores did not use the phrase Tiffany-style rings to describe […]

Character Study: Bruce Boxer

Published by on May 16, 2017
Categories: Books Character Study

Bruce Boxer: The War Tourist Bruce Boxer has the sort of neck and head that make fat men want to buy starched striped shirts and dotted silk ties, that is, elegant without being model-pretty, a man’s man, one who has the grace to make the sharing of your own Dance Floor War battle something in […]

Character Study: Rogers had a love for Catherine

Published by on April 27, 2017
Categories: Character Study Plots and Characters

Women are mysterious creatures. Even Catherine knew that. She was the biggest mystery of all. Even to herself. “Your energy. It has…changed.” Catherine tightened her fingers in Rogers’. His fingers remained mute; eyes looked to the same sky she searched above the cliff upon which they sat. “I don’t know what you mean. Silly girl.” He forced […]

Lists checked and hexed

Published by on April 4, 2017
Categories: The Writing Life

I’ve made a list; thrice it’s been checked. I know for certain, though, it has been hexed. For I shall arrive at destination long distance Only to find I forgot that very one expensive Thing necessary to do my tasks well. Thus under breathe cursing and saying “Oh, hell”, This gal shall to a store […]

On creating a world

Published by on September 19, 2016
Categories: Books Editing Plots and Characters

All storytellers bump up against the same challenges: What world will their characters inhabit? Will the world be large or will the story focus on a narrow segment of it? If a narrow world, will there be a broad sampling of characters? What are the rules of engagement in this world? What outside forces will […]

Character Study: The Man Child

Published by on September 16, 2016
Categories: Books Character Study

He was born to parents that would never, could never, understand him. For all intents and purposes, he was an alien. His parents were normal enough and that was the problem, for something about the boy invited abnormal adults to feel comfortable in his presence. To explain: Normal enough means regularly smart, while abnormal adult […]