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Something Happened

Something Happened Joseph Heller (author of Catch 22) published Something Happened in 1974. I read Catch 22 shortly after leaving the military, so the theme and humor wasn’t lost on me. I thought Something Happened would be a good read too. It was a good read in a very strange way. I won’t spoil the Continue Reading

Opening Lines

Opening Lines The first chapter and scene of a novel begin with powerful, strong opening lines. These should grab the reader, show some potential conflict, set scene, and introduce the character. And, they should entice the reader to keep reading. The power went out. Again. Amy Grossman fumbled on the dresser for a candle and some matches. Continue Reading

What

What The story element What is a critical part of a story. Who is important, but without What, there really isn’t any story. The What generally amounts to an event, a romance, an accident, a speech, an election, or an apocalypse. Normally, What is your plot in the novel or short story and is what Continue Reading

Awards

Awards This morning, I found out that Sudden Mission and Nasty Leftovers earned some awards. These weren’t something I sought out. It was a very nice surprise, and I’m still trying to process it.             These are given by Peter Younghusband and David Bergsland, who work together on this. The Continue Reading

Revisions

Revisions My editor, Brandi, and I are most of the way through the edits and revisions of my draft of Nasty Leftovers (sequel to Sudden Mission).  The working title seems to have stuck and the team hasn’t come up with another title. Oh, well. So we are on track and may even be ahead a Continue Reading

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