Flashback Friday: What Stories Should We Read?

As part of the ongoing "Flashback Friday" series, I am reposting content from this blog's archives. An article on this subject was originally posted in May 2014. It seems that, in general, the stories that get read the most are those that manage to get a number of people talking about a book, or those … Continue reading Flashback Friday: What Stories Should We Read?

Flashback Friday – What Makes an Original Work “Yours”?

For the first of my Flashback Friday series, I wanted to reprint a post from May 2014 on copyright and artists' compensation. In our world, we are bombarded with copyright notices, whether through the unavoidable segment of DVDs where we are told that piracy is not a victimless crime, in familiar, tiny images like ©, … Continue reading Flashback Friday – What Makes an Original Work “Yours”?

A Pantster or a Plotter: How Do You Write? #amwriting #atozchallenge

I've been looking forward to writing this for some time. And now that we're at "P"...here goes! Early on, I'd never heard of the difference between pantsters and plotters. I just wrote. But then, as I interacted with other authors, I came to realize that everyone doesn't write a story in the same way. Some … Continue reading A Pantster or a Plotter: How Do You Write? #amwriting #atozchallenge

Know your genre…or your classics? Or both?

One of the pieces of writing advice I have heard frequently is to “Know your genre.” “Read deeply in your genre,” people say. “Know what has been written, and how your work differs from others.” When I talk to science fiction and fantasy fans, they are often amazed by how many sci-fi/fantasy books I haven’t … Continue reading Know your genre…or your classics? Or both?

Writing Matters: Readers and Writing

I recently came across the original article on the Huffington Post in which Lynn Shepherd urges J. K. Rowling to stop writing. While this statement has been flying about the internet, I had not seen the original, and I think Shepherd actually puts together a very interesting argument. She doesn’t suggest that Rowling stop writing … Continue reading Writing Matters: Readers and Writing

Writing Matters: Copyright and Compensation, Part Two

 My Thoughts Since some readers have commented that I continually raise questions without posting my own responses and opinions, here are my thoughts regarding the issues of compensation and copyright. First, as an author I am very much in favor of copyright laws. Once my novels are published, I wouldn’t want other authors being able … Continue reading Writing Matters: Copyright and Compensation, Part Two

Writing Matters: Copyright and Compensation

In our world, we are bombarded with copyright notices, whether through the unavoidable segment of DVDs where we are told that piracy is not a victimless crime, in familiar, tiny images like ©, ®, or ™, or in the seemingly-interminable end user license agreements for software. We are told incessantly that something belongs to someone … Continue reading Writing Matters: Copyright and Compensation