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Cliches, Conundrums, and Chestnuts

Hackneyed phrases, slang, and truisms should be eliminated from your writing vocabulary as much as possible. This is one time where you should not write what is commonly heard. These phrases are so overused they are loathed by writing professionals….

Kurt Vonnegut on Writing

Here are some excellent pointers from legendary, late author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) on writing short stories. These are also just as applicable to fiction! 1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she…

Careful of that Review!

I think there should be a set of criteria for professional reviewers that is actually followed today. Far too often, the proverbial “grapevine,” speaks of how this company provided professional reviewer “A” with heaps of perks, freebies and goodies, while…

Camera Electrocution and Other Ramblings

Of all the things in life I’d like to see electrocuted, it had to be my camera. It couldn’t be the telemarketers’ computers, the scam charity callers’ computers, couldn’t even be the video camera filming one of those insanely annoying…

You Go Barnes & Noble!!!!

Originally Published at http://horrorwriter.diaryland.com/ winner.html @ 10:25 p.m. The first store to carry my book. Okay! It’s online! Barnes & Noble is the winner…lol. I’m so elated about it. Timeslips & Terrors is finally listed. Amazon is rather sluggish. Although…

When Dreams Appear

Originally Published at http://horrorwriter.diaryland.com/Fright.html @ 10:33 p.m. Well, hasn’t it been an eventful week?🤔 So, the book’s ready. I got my proof copy and it’s gorgeous. I just don’t know what to think. After seeing something become tangible after nearly…

Hope & Fear

Originally Published at http://horrorwriter.diaryland.com/ handf.html @ 10:33 p.m. I’m still waiting to get the CD/DVD burner. Ugh! I hate this. I can’t stand not being able to use SSL on this computer. You’d be amazed how much that locks you…

Domain Update

Originally Published at http://horrorwriter.diaryland.com/ domain.html @ 9:10 p.m. Domain is basically back up. I’m adjusting and improving different areas, but for the most part, it’s doing fine. I hope I don’t have to transfer to another hosting company for a…

Where’s Your Head At?

Originally Published at http://horrorwriter.diaryland.com/head.html @ 9:25 p.m. The publisher FINALLY updated me on what’s going on. He’s completely picked over my manuscript and the big “pencil edit,” is over! Yes! I never thought he’d get done with that. Now, it’s…

Update 4-22-2005

Originally Published at http://horrorwriter.diaryland.com/ Update42220.html @ 9:39 p.m. I’m back again. I’m into Bird at the moment. It’s coming along nicely, I’m near 30,000 words on it. Publisher has informed me there may be a delay of a week or…