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National Punctuation Day: The Mechanics of Writing Dialogue

National Punctuation Day Today, September 24, is National Punctuation Day. I’ve written about this before, but last year’s offering was fairly broad-based. This year, I’m going to focus on an area of fiction writing that comes quite easily to some, but for many, is a labyrinth of false starts, dead ends, and forbidding alleyways. What I’m…

John E. McIntyre on Commas

Tomorrow is National Punctuation Day, and to mark that auspicious occasion, Mr. John E. McIntyre, who plies his trade at the Baltimore Sun, has a few things say today about the lowly comma. Please follow the link to the complete (short) article; however, there is one paragraph I’d like to highlight (emphasis added): But the…

Announcing Saucy Ink: Forums for Writers

Are you a writer? Are you a writer in search of kindred souls? Are you a writer who’d like to join a casual but dedicated support group? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then I invite you to check out Saucy Ink: Forums for Writers. Created as a joint endeavor with Bre and…

WIP Update 6: Easter is a time for new beginnings, right?

Now don’t get too excited: this post is not about beginning a new WIP (although I have done that, but that’s not germane) (not today, at any rate). I know I’ve been away (from the blog) for awhile. I’ve been keeping myself occupied in other ways, though: Item: I converted my homebuilt desk into a…

Obsidian Throne: WIP Update #5

Nothing to see here…move along. So yeah…nothing to report on Throne because I haven’t looked at it since I last posted. I have done a bunch of other stuff, though (including a bit of writing), so I’ll talk about all that instead. Fair enough? Reading and the Library These two things kinda go hand-in-hand (which…

Obsidian Throne: WIP Update #4

Welcome to Daylight Saving Time. My sympathies to you who had to get up early this morning. On the other hand, those of us in more northerly climes can celebrate the imminent arrival of grill season! Here in Rapid City, we’re enjoying our  fifth straight day of highs in the 40s or better (and 60…

Obsidian Throne: WIP Update #3

Hello again, and welcome back to the continuing saga…wait. If you read the title of this article, you know it’s a continuing saga (“Update #3″ was a dead giveaway, right?). Even if you didn’t read the first two installments, you know. So let’s dispense with the hackneyed boilerplate and get down to brass tacks. *ahem*…

National Grammar Day 2011

That’s right: National Grammar Day is back! This year marks the fourth annual celebration of writing right, and is hosted by New York Times bestselling author Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl. From the website, Language is something to be celebrated, and March 4 is the perfect day to do it. It’s not only…

Obsidian Throne: WIP Update 2

Welcome back for the second in my series of articles on my writing odyssey from (extremely) rough draft to finished novel. If you recall from Monday’s installment, I had rewritten the first chapter to create a more compelling premise for Connor to begin his journey from his home village of Rockbridge. I had also changed…

Obsidian Throne: WIP Update

Welcome to the first of what I trust will be many updates on my work-in-progress (WIP), The Obsidian Throne – Book 1: The Magic Returns. As I wrote last month, I intend to chronicle my odyssey of transforming what is currently a very rough draft (in truth, not much more than a narrative outline) into…

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