Back in the saddle!


Well, I’m back on the fast, and I’m working through the TEFL certification course a few bits a day.

I’m hangry, but I know it’ll go away when my body recognizes its feeding time.

I lose some good weight last time, and it didn’t bounce back all the way, so here’s to not being a fat bastard in 2018!



Avoiding Excess Repetition in Your Writing


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by Doug Lewars

“We can’t have far to go,” he said.

“It might be farther then you think,” she said. “After all, we did have to detour.”

“True, but we’ve come a long way, detour or no detour,” he said, “And I’m pretty certain that it’s just beyond the next hill.”

“Well,” she said with a shrug, “There’s only one way to find out.”

Four sentences of dialogue that might appear in a story. Four sentences and every one of them contains the verb ‘said’. Yuck.

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Writing Modern People in Fiction


Always love thought out advice. Hope this gets out to someone who needs it.

James Harrington's Blog of Geek and Writing

Hello, Jim–

I was wondering if you had any insight to offer on a dilemma I’m facing in a current novella draft:
The story is a blend of Alternate History and general scifi, set in a world where a much more aggressive Space Race and Cold War has led to the establishment of a joint USA-USSR colony on the Moon by the late 1990s, ostensibly as a neutral site for lunar and space experiments, as well as helium-three mining. Most of my characters are fictional, but many of the secondary ones are public figures, including real astronauts or other personnel involved in flight engineering and other aspects of space travel; some are deceased, while at least one is himself a published author. I am concerned about using such figures due to possible legal issues (which I am still unclear on, despite diligent searching and questions elsewhere), but I don’t want…

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So I have decided to take a TEFL class, as I found one pretty cheap through groupon.

Less than 40$! So even if it doesn’t live up to its claims, I’m not out 1300$ like a lot of other places charge.

That plus my BS = teaching English abroad, so I can save money to pay off these awful school loans.

Plus I can keep writing in my off time, and keep the brand name going.

I hope this works out!

Throwback Thursday: Prologues and Epilogues – Is There a Point to Them?


Lots of people moan and groan about prologues, then want action and they want it NOW, dammit!

However, many times a story needs context. Give it to the readers. Hard and fast! (wait, what?)

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Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of AWP’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

by Helena Fairfax

Prologue and Epilogue. Do they have a use? Should they be used? Can you have one without the other?

First of all, the Prologue. Oh, the dreaded question of the prologue for writers. How I’ve agonised over this at times.

According to my useful friend Wikipedia, a prologue is: an opening to a story that establishes the context and gives background details, often some earlier story that ties into the main one, and other miscellaneous information.

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Technical Writing


So I finally have my BS, and I’m applying for Technical Writing positions. It’ll be nice to  have a job that’ll let me not worry about whether I get to eat on a particular day.  The removal of that stress should improve my writing as well. ( I hope!)

Attention European fans!


I’m looking to gather some data on my Euro customers, so if you’d like to help me out, send me a photo of you holding my book(s), and I’ll send you a short survey, and a signed print of “The Poultrygeist” as a thank you for your assistance.