Apr 17 2017

Business :: April 2017

Our server has finally decided to start working again! I’ll be updating the main web site soon, so keep an eye out. In the meantime, I’ve started a new web site just for my fiction writing. Please check it out!

I am considering working up a series of editing workshops for writers, focusing on grammar and punctuation. Is this something you would be interested in? Please comment with your thoughts and topic ideas!

If you have a project you would like me to work on, please contact me! Mention discount code APR2017 in your project description, and you will receive 10% off!

Mar 06 2017

Business :: March 2017

March has decided to roar its way into our lives and we may be snowbound here in Saskatchewan for a while!

If you have a project you would like me to work on, please contact me! Mention discount code MAR2017 in your project description, and you will receive 10% off!

Mar 03 2017

Current Projects — March 3, 2017

First Draft

I have three new pieces of flash fiction completed and will be editing them (and my previous pieces) over the next little while. On Monday I inted to start working on some music!

Second Draft

“Snow White and Rose Red” continues apace, and I have begun editing my flash fiction.

Final Draft

Nothing quite ready for you yet, but hopefully I will have an announcement very soon!

Feb 24 2017

Current Projects — February 24, 2017

First Draft

I finished the flash fiction from last week and I just started another one. Yay!

Second Draft

“Snow White and Rose Red” is beginning to pick up speed. The stage I’m at is difficult, but so far definitely worth it. I’m not sure how long this process will take; it’s quite involved. But I’m confident that the final result will be something you will enjoy reading, assuming you like fantasy!

Final Draft

Nothing quite ready for you yet, but hopefully I will have an announcement very soon!

Feb 17 2017

Current Projects — February 17, 2017

First Draft

I have begun to make headway with the space dragon story, and I have one flash fiction story to complete first draft on (should be finished by the end of the weekend.

Second Draft

“Snow White and Rose Red” is beginning to pick up speed. The stage I’m at is difficult, but so far definitely worth it. I’m not sure how long this process will take; it’s quite involved. But I’m confident that the final result will be something you will enjoy reading, assuming you like fantasy!

Final Draft

Nothing quite ready for you yet, but hopefully I will have an announcement by the end of the month!

Feb 10 2017

Current Projects — February 10, 2017

First Draft

Alas, not much progress on anything as of yet. Tomorrow is my writing meet though, so I am hoping to get lots of words written!

Second Draft

“Snow White and Rose Red” is still in progress. This revision is difficult!

Final Draft

As always, stay tuned for news of something fun!

Feb 06 2017

Business :: February 2017

Business as usual in my corner of the world; how about you?

If you have a project you would like me to work on, please contact me! Mention discount code FEB2017 in your project description, and you will receive 10% off!

Feb 03 2017

Current Projects — February 3, 2017

First Draft

I’m still working on that story about the little girl and the space dragon. I got the first part finished but the second part is harder to figure out where to go with it.

I’m writing more flash fiction as well. It’s a lot of fun to see how short a story can be and still be a story!

Second Draft

I’m still revising my retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red.” I have no idea how long it will take, but hopefully not the entire year!

Final Draft

I should have something ready for you soon — stay tuned for news!

Jan 30 2017

Editing Quotes

These have all been turned into Memes on my Facebook page. I found them here.

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
― Dr. Seuss

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“Put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.”

(Casual Chance, 1964)”
― Colette

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
― Richard Bach

“Making love to me is amazing. Wait, I meant: making love, to me, is amazing. The absence of two little commas nearly transformed me into a sex god.
”
― Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

“When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”
― Shannon Hale

“I’ve found the best way to revise your own work is to pretend that somebody else wrote it and then to rip the living shit out of it.”
― Don Roff

“Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear.”
― Patricia Fuller

Jan 09 2017

Writing Tips for January 9, 2017

From Facebook on January 3, 2017:

One way to make sure what you’ve written makes sense is to read it out loud. Sometimes our physical ears can pick up on something our “silent reading ears” miss.

Big words won’t make you sound smart if your audience doesn’t understand what they mean — you’ll just sound pretentious. Make sure you know who your audience is so that you don’t overestimate them — or underestimate them!

Singular “they” can be grammatically correct, but it may not be acceptable depending on where you’re writing for. Always check to see if there’s a style guide, and if need be you can ask your editor!

Do you have any tips and tricks you’d like to share? Let me know via the comments here! You’ll get credit when I share it with the world!

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