Wednesday, January 31, 2007
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Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
In order to write great horror stories today that leave the reader wanting more, we need to understand what it is they want. So I ask you the following:
- What are the elements that make for a good horror story?
- What ruins a horror story for you?
Thursday, January 25, 2007
This was the first week this season that we actually got some snow and ice and every day that I go to work, I come home all in a tizzy. I deliver newspapers each morning and after traipsing through mounds of snow and slipping several times on icy sidewalks, I'm in a foul mood by the end of the day.
I remember a couple of winters ago, when I first started this job, I had to wade my way through huge snow drifts that were higher than my boots. What's up with that? Are people today too busy to be courteous, or are they just plain lazy? I feel sorry for the mail carriers and delivery people that have to plow through on a daily basis and make their way onto icy porches.
I tell you, I could make a small fortune by bringing a shovel with me and asking my 200+ customers if I could shovel their walkways every time it snows. And that's not to mention the people in my own neighborhood, where every other house is blocked in by snow that you can't even see where their driveways are.
To the good people out there that actually do clear their walkways, porches, and driveways, I applaud you. Thank you very much. But for the rest of you, I hope you burn in eternal agony. :-)
Monday, January 22, 2007
Okay, so now that I laid down the rules, what would you wish for more than anything? :-)
Saturday, January 20, 2007
- Interactivity -- You will be able to tailor content to provide for your visitors -- feedback forms, polls, surveys, contests, queries, etc.
- Promotion -- Had anything published or want to put up something you have written, even if it's just a partial? Then this is the place for it.
- Articles -- Show off your writing by adding some resourceful articles to your site.
- Store -- You can sell your books, or anything else you want, right at your website.
- Information -- Provide your visitors with valuable resources and fun information.
- Profile -- Let the world know all about you and what it is you do.
- Writing -- Share your thoughts with your own blog or newsletter.
But I won't lie to you. Having a website can be a lot of work. You can't just slap one online and expect to have a constant flux of visitors or have publishers/editors come tracking you down online. It requires your attention on a regular basis. Even still, I strongly believe that everyone should and could have a site of their own, no matter how small or large it might be.
Feel free to contact me if you want to discuss websites more.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Okay, you ready? Here is your first line:
I hated driving at night, and tonight was the worst when my car broke down in the middle of nowhere.
Monday, January 15, 2007
When I first started this blog, I was the proud founder and president of a local horror writing club, The Michigan Horror Writers. We had been in business for over three years. However, last year, the group took a turn for the worse. I’m not going to accuse anybody on a public board here or badmouth them for causing the group’s downfall because as its founder, I should have taken better care of her and asked the troublemakers to leave a long time ago, but since I’m the type of person to give people chances, I didn’t, and things went from bad to worse in a few short months. The day after Thanksgiving I tendered my resignation and turned the group over to some people who I thought would treat her well. It turns out they couldn’t handle it, and they dissolved the organization recently, which made me feel wonderful having the knowledge that its members were left out in the cold. Well, we can’t have that, so I’ll be starting up a more informal group within the next few weeks. It will be open to writers and fans of horror, sci fi, and fantasy. If you’re interested in joining, please email me and I’ll send you a personal invitation once I have the new domain and website up.
The Michigan Horror Writers site has been cancelled and will be removed soon. Please do not send anything to that group any longer.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Anyone have any thoughts on this or any other brain challenges to add? Should we put it to a test of our own? :-)
Thursday, January 11, 2007
SP: What genres do you like to read?
Em: Horror, Sci Fi, Mystery, and Thrillers.
SP: What is it that you like most out of your favorite genre?
Em: I like the suspense. Any book is good if it keeps you wanting to come back for more. The more suspense that builds up, the more I want to read it....
SP: Why did you pick that genre to fall in love with?
Em: Well, I've always been a sucker for sci-fi, suspense horror kind of things. It just kind of happened, I never have really been into the romantic type of stories. I've read both romance and horror genres, and the horror always interested me more. Of course, a story that has both romance and horror can be good as well.
SP: When you read a story, do you like to identify with the main character?
SP: If you can't identify with at least one of the characters, does that turn you off of the story?
SP: Is there anything you would definitely not want to read?
Em: Call me crazy, but I love the gore aspect. I hate reading anything about animals being tortured. I have always loved animals, and I hate to see or read about them getting hurt....
SP: Would you continue to read a story if the main character was killed off, or furthermore, read other stories from the same author afterwards?
Em: Yes, I would, just to see if it turns out good. However, I prefer for the main character not to die, considering a lot of times, it destroys the story in my opinion.
SP: How often would you say you do any reading for enjoyment?
Em: To be honest, not very much. Books I have read lately haven't been good...I just can't find the right one....I like to read books that start out with a hook and continue to interest me all the way through. Books that are so good that I don't want to put down.
SP: What factors influence whether or not you want to pick up a book?
Em: Definitely the description they put on the back (or inside cover). I always read those, and ones that sound interesting I read. That's my number one reason for buying a book. If the book was really good after I am done reading it, most likely I would then look up other books by that same author.
SP: What, if anything, are you reading now?
Em: A little of both -- fiction and non-fiction.
SP: Do you prefer strong male leads or strong female leads, or does it not matter as long as the story is good?
Em: Doesn't matter to me. Any story can be good with either a male or female lead.
SP: Tell us a little about yourself.
Em: Um, okay. I'm 19 and currently going to college over in Iowa. Taking courses in speech, english comp II, american government and math this semester. I like hockey and Supernatural. My favorite book (I believe is a biography actually), is A Child Called It. Really sad story, a little graphic, but really well written. I have read it a couple times already.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
My dream has always been to write. Ever since I could remember, I wanted that little place in the country where I could spend my days writing and enjoying life. Well, I’m not exactly living that dream. In fact, I’m not even close. But I have no one to blame but myself. I spend more time researching the issue on how to become a writer than I actually spend on honing the craft and selling my work. I have too much knowledge rolling around inside my head that it gets confusing at times and I don’t know where to begin. But I feel, and I’ve been told as well, that 2007 is my year, so after all this time, I’ve finally found my footing and decided to get serious.
If you write full-time, if you write part-time, if you’re living a dream now, how did you do it? Come on, tell us your story and allow the rest of us to gain some insight into the workings of a successful, happy lifestyle. Do you have some advice or helpful tips for the rest of us?
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Some of my favorite, most recent posts from him include:
- The Hall of Fame
- Interesting and Fun Lists
- The Death of Literary Classics
- The Dead Pool
- Concept Then Plot
Make sure to check out some of his images, where he's put his face on some of the classics. I love his creativity.
So if you ever get bored some day, stop in and visit him. Say hi, post a few comments or two, and enjoy yourself.
Saturday, January 6, 2007
Today, I just learned about another email preview club from Bantam Dell Publishing. It's a mystery and thriller book club called Booked for Breakfast. Each Monday, a new Bantam Dell author/title is featured and you'll be sent a portion of that book via email each day. You also have a chance to win free copies. To join this list, go to http://www.randomhouse.com/bantamdell/bookedforbreakfast/ .
Thursday, January 4, 2007
Make a list of ten resolutions for one of your main characters. It could be a list for your hero or villain. Try to come up with some creative resolutions and not the usual humdrum ones we all think up. Losing weight, stop smoking, etc. -- no no's. But how about if your hero resolves to destroy the Demon Lord's den or your villain resolves to kill three martial artists this year? Well, I'm sure you get the gist of it and come up with something more creative. So get cracking. Feel free to comment with your lists.