Thursday Reviews: Jennifer Government by Max Barry

Jennifer Government by Max BarryMy rating: 3 of 5 starsIf McDonalds ruled the world: it would look like this book. Or, rather, if Nike owned the world.The Low-Down Dirty:Welcome to the not-so-far-away future, where everyone is identified by the company they work for. Hence, our trigger-man (in every sense of the word, sort of) is... Continue Reading →

A Late Post of Accountability

It's Wednesday! Which really means not much except: get through it.However, even though I'm not keeping up with the mentor posting and, instead, am focusing on my own writing...means I still need to keep up with the posts of accountability. So, here's what I've done since posting last:1. Three chapters of The Line. Which included... Continue Reading →

Difficult Decision!

Hey guys, I'm afraid that this'll be my last post for a while. I do have a few already scheduled to go up down the line...but after some heavy consideration, I've decided that I need to spend more time on my writerly writing. As you can imagine, following up on the mentors and reading/researching, etc.... Continue Reading →

Hang-up Awareness

After an interesting bout during a critique meeting, a few of my writers group buddies and I discussed our hang-ups in fiction. Basically, we asked ourselves: during a critique is there anything that you, personally, cannot get past or overlook in another writer's submission – and it’s an entirely personal reaction, not something like comma-use or story... Continue Reading →

Thursday Reviews!: Plum Island by Nelson DeMille

Plum Island by Nelson DeMilleMy rating: 3 of 5 starsAh...sarcastic narrators. This book's got one."I gripped my right ear and twisted, which is how I tune out idiots."Unfortunately, it's apparent that everyone except John Corey (our fearless, convalescing-from-getting-shot-on-the-job narrator/hero) is an idiot. I sorta wish that his ear had been turned off for some larger... Continue Reading →

Tuesday Post of Accountability! Writing! Yeah!

Ah, Tuesday. Time to be held accountable.Here's what I was up to:1. Writing. Woo-whee! Finished a chapter and am half through another, for a grand total of twenty-odd pages this past week. Since I figured out the schedule that I need to be on, I've been sticking to it pretty consistently. Of course, I only... Continue Reading →

Answering Questions with Questions

Perhaps you noticed in the introductory post on Atwood, during her interview with Bill Moyers, that Atwood answers a lot of questions with more questions. Moyers asks something like “Are the myths true?” and Atwood answers something like “What is true?”The interviews with Atwood that I’ve found online are all like this. A question gets... Continue Reading →

Mentors Coming Along Right When You Need Them

Happy September everyone! With this new month comes a new mentor: Margaret Atwood.In all honesty, I picked Atwood because my dear, dear friend Deb LOVES her. Before last month I had not read word one of Atwood, so I was going completely based on my friend's suggestion. No other reason. Like most of the mentors this... Continue Reading →

Legacies and Jack Kerouac

Today, we say farewell to Jack Kerouac as a mentor. ("Farewell, Jack!")However, just because we have to say goodbye doesn't mean that you can't continue to explore Kerouac's legacy. If you're a writer (and if you're reading this, I bet that you are in some way, shape, or form) there's a more formal place to... Continue Reading →

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