Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wednesday Word: Scrote

scrotenounBrit. informal a contemptible person.ORIGIN 1970s: from scrotum.
The Brits have all the good slang.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Release Day!


Let the banging of Pots and Pans commence! 

Secrets and Bow Ties is officially out today. This is the third in the Secrets series, but like all the others it's a standalone. It's also the zanies and zingiest of the series so far, take my word for it.

The story's heroif you can use the term for someone like Dylanis a self-confessed gold digger. Unfortunately for him, his biggest talent lies in getting into trouble. Enter Simon, the nerdy, fashion-challenged college professor. Add a trip to Las Vegas, a handful of bad guys, and you have a heaping dose of screwball comedy-romance-suspense.

You can enter to win a copy of the entire series on Diverse Reader.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Vintage Monday: Books


This is me these days, except instead of mobile library, I borrow audiobooks from the public library. I have woefully little time for actual reading, and my eyes get tired too fast, but I can listen while doing cover designs. It makes the tedious parts of Photoshopping—and there are many—much more bearable.

Back in my late-teens, early-twenties I used to knit, but it was so boring, I could only stand it while watching TV. Listening to a book can take the dull the dullness of creating Photoshop masks.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday Word: Gobbet

gobbet |ˈgäbitnounpiece or lump of flesh, food, or other matter: they lobbed gobbets offresh bonito off the side of the boat.ORIGIN Middle English: from Old French gobet, diminutive of gobe
I don't know how the dictionary writers come up with their examples, but immediately this scene from JAWS came to mind:


You know, before this happens:



Monday, May 11, 2015

Writing and Rambling


Even the big stories grow from tiny seeds of ideas.

I keep a notebook to jot down random bits of dialogue, character ideas, and other flotsam and jetsam of my brain. Not unlike a squirrel hides his nuts.

Recently, when looking for idea for a short story, I came across comic take on a comic take on an old trope. You know, the one where the protagonist looks into the mirror and describes himself.

In my version the hero looks into the mirror, describes what he sees, but it's not him. So far it was just a joke, but I started exploring the premise. Who's visage is in the mirror? How did it get there and why? And from this a story emerged.

I'm not 15,000 words into this yet untitled urban fantasy story and I'm rather giddy about it. I already know it'll need a sequel.

On an unrelated note, my other creative project, the quest for the perfect, or at least pretty good sourdough bread is so far a bust.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wednesday Word: Vestiture


vestiture |ˈvestiCHər-ˌCHo͝ornoun archaic clothing.ORIGIN mid 19th cent.based on Latin vestire clothe.
Why do we keep changing the words we use for certain things. If only the spelling altered over time I'd understand. But hopping from one word to another? Why? It's so wasteful.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Mystery of Mysteries


It has occurred to me that I should occasionally blog about writing, since readers might be interested. I don’t like talking much of works on progress in fear on jinxing them, but I’m trying to overcome this superstition.

I’m currently doing preproduction on a paranormal short story. This consists of making up names for fictional people and places, inventing or repurposing terms for supernatural phenomena and such. Also, since this will be a mystery of sorts, making up the back story. 

I’ve written a few paranormal mysteries and romances with elements of mystery and suspense, but I’m reluctant to call myself a mystery writer. However, I believe I’ve figured out one of the tenets of the genre: know the crime before you start solving it. Who did what to whom, when, where, how, and most of all why? It’s like drawing the maze through which your detective will have to find his way through.


Okay, so it’s more of a no-brainer than a mystery, but there you have it.