It's an expectation that a story will be filled with conflict and tension, but what does it mean? What is the difference? How to outline it in a plan? Let's start with the big player in the game: Conflict Conflict is the trouble caused by the things that get in the way of a goal. … Continue reading Conflict –> Tension
Rayne has a couple of stories in the Among the Headstones anthology. I'm going to do a review of Behind Him. This interview was provided for me, written by Rayne (I'm sure I've said enough about the problem with RSI, tendonosis, arfuritis, etc. with my thumbs, wrists and stuff) and I'm very pleased to show you her … Continue reading Rayne Hall – Author Interview and Review
A few things brought this to the fore. If you've heard about our dog, Pepsi, you know she's at a stage of her life where quality is lacking and she suffers. It's not at the stage yet where she's ready to give up and she fakes her ability to move and run and jump (she … Continue reading The Melancholy of Reminiscence
In the beginning, it was savage and stern, a blackness of soul. It began like a tree of precocious growth, with rings of power and leaves of glinting copper, with fruit of gems and shafts of light that stabbed the night. The story I conceived was full-term, ready to burst forth, yet not developed enough … Continue reading And What is a Story?
The story in the Among the Headstones anthology is A Bag Full of Flesh by Myk Pilgrim, and if you like different, this is definitely that, and a bit more. The interview is by Rayne Hall, and I’ll do a review at the end. INTERVIEW: MYK PILGRIM (compiled by Rayne Hall, 14 January 2022) What’s your experience of … Continue reading Myk Pilgrim – Author Interview & Review
The story in the Among the Headstones anthology is The Legend of Merv the Swerv by Tylluan Penry ... and it's funny! Or maybe it's ... no, it's funny, as well as a bit on the scary side. The interview is by Rayne Hall, and I'll do a review at the end. INTERVIEW WITH FANTASY … Continue reading Tylluan Penry – Author Interview & Review
Fandango's provocative question #152: What do you do for a living? If you are retired, what did you do before you retired? If you’re currently unemployed, what did you do before becoming unemployed? On my 'about' page, I say this: worked in so many jobs the list goes on for pages. And pages. Anyone would … Continue reading Too Many Jobs to List Them All,
It's a song, sung by Christofferson, and it's a great song for today. The head hurts, liquid breakfast (not beer, though), and needed another coffee to wash it down. Still in PJs, stumbling around like an old fart. No, I don't smoke no more, and there's no one out on the road kickin' anything, but … Continue reading Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down
The dilemma of how to use Freeze, Flight, Fight responses with Motivation, Response Units has an answer (yes, it’s also part of cause and effect). There is something that happens onstage, in the now of the story. It’s called an event, a motivation, a cause. Something happens and it can be seen, heard, felt. That’s … Continue reading FFF — the Answer!
It's not being rude, honest. In fact, I've talked about it before. It? The human reaction cycle: Freeze, Flight, Fight. Freeze is always first: Stand still and the danger won't see me. It also gives time to assess the situation, to decide whether to slowly sink down or sidle across to the darker shadows and … Continue reading FFF … Again