Why I Write Into the Dark, and An Essay on Pope

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Why I Write Into the Dark * Just for Grins: An Essay on Pope * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “[Y]ou have to have confidedence to be a champion and that is the only thing I ever wished to be.” Ernest Hemingway “Certainly, books should be judged by those who read them—not explained by the writer.” Ernest Hemingway “[I]t is … important for me to write in tranquility, trying to write as well as I can, with no eye on any market, nor any thought of what the stuff will … Read more

Book Sale Redux

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Book Sale Redux * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “I can see how using our critical minds to revise a manuscript could spoil the original product. And yet, I think we have to use both sides of our brains to come up with the best story. If only I knew how to do that.” Kay DiBianca, in response to my second comment on her post at TKZ And my response: “In every case, Kay, the ‘best’ story is the authentic story. To find that you only have to trust the … Read more

Wes Crowley Book Sale (in Paper)

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Bradbury Challenge Writers Reporting * Wes Crowley Book Sale (in Paper) * My Comments on a TKZ Post * Of Interest Bradbury Challenge Writers Reporting As you can see, the challenge is still ongoing for some. Of course, others probably still are meeting or exceeding the challenge as well but simply aren’t reporting numbers to me, which is perfectly fine. If anyone is having trouble with the challenge, I suggest you write the story for the week on the first day of the new week. Get it out of the way … Read more

Self-Published Book Awards and Best Seller Status

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards * Want to be a Best Seller? * A Reminder * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “the internet’s and high tech’s steep and brutal downsides—political polarization for profit, the knowing encouragement of internet addiction, the destruction of childhood, a nation that has grown shallower and less able to think….” Peggy Noonan in “Artificial Intelligence in the Garden of Eden” in The Wall Street Journal “Hubris is one of the great renewable resources.” P. J. O’Rourke Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Yesterday my wife forwarded me … Read more

Ray Bradbury, and Writing Fiction

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Ray Bradbury * If You Believe Writing Fiction Is Hard Work * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “Though it cleared the launch pad, Starship’s first orbital launch attempt ended with a dramatic explosion, or as SpaceX put it, ‘a rapid unscheduled disassembly’.” Chris Young, for Interesting Engineering. Great spin, no? “Night is everything. The shadows come out from under the trees and shadows become night.” Ray Bradbury “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want … Read more

Creating Realistic Characters

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Creating Realistic Characters * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “Don’t be a character assassin with your own characters. Even your villain can be noble.” David Farland “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.” Mark Twain “In marketing you must choose between boredom, shouting and seduction. Which do you want?” Roy H. Williams There’s my problem right there. Boredom and shouting are, well, boredom and shouting. And seduction is dishonest. Creating Realistic Characters I almost launched into a whole long thing on characters. For example, that any … Read more

How Ernest Hemingway Wrote

In today’s Journal * How Ernest Hemingway Wrote * The Writing * Of Interest How Ernest Hemingway Wrote That’s the plainest, best title I could have given this topic. Had I seen that title at ANY time during my life, I would have shoved through crowds to be sure I was allowed to read what was below it. Yet dozens of writers will glance at the title and not bother to read the text. Oh well. That’s why God invented Jim Beam and Jameson & Sons Irish whiskey. If you would like to learn a LOT about how Ernest Hemingway … Read more

I Keep Forgetting

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * I Keep Forgetting * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.” Golda Meir “Prompt engineering is the imminent future. Do you have it in your arsenal of skills?” from an advertisement for classes on Skillshare—This would be an excellent line of dialogue in an SF story. “Peggy Dean’s ChatGPT for Creatives is a great start for anyone who wishes to learn how to integrate this AI tool seamlessly in their workflow and increase productivity.” … Read more

Looking Into ALLI

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Looking Into ALLI * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.” Mark Twain “The avant-garde group … revelled in constraint. In 1947 Raymond Queneau, the collective’s co-founder, had imagined a single short story in 99 different ways in his ‘Exercises in Style’. In 1969 Georges Perec wrote a novel that omitted the letter ‘e’. Three years later he produced a novella in which … Read more

Challenge Stuff

In today’s Journal * Quote of the Day * It’s Monday! * Keeping Track * Writer friend Aldred G * And from Chynna P * The Writing * Of Interest Quote of the Day “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin It’s Monday! and below are the results from the Challenge Writers for this week. You can still join in the challenge at any time, of course. There’s no cost, and it’s a great way to have some fun, jumpstart your writing, and let others see what is possible. Tony DeCastro “A Man Named Silk” 4200 words, … Read more