I've been writing creatively for decades. Now that I'm semi-retired it seems easier to actually get it done. My problem isn't that I'm blocked creatively - I just find it difficult to finish projects. Anyway - I've started a podcast to talk through some of the things I've learned along the way. Struggling writers have … Continue reading #GoWriteNow
The podcast is being unleashed this weekend. It's something I've been turning over in my mind for a few months, and the planets finally aligned for me enough to get the first two episodes launched. I'm focusing on the task of creation in the craft of writing. I'll be sharing my thoughts on creativity, characters, … Continue reading Get the Words Out!
One of the hardest things for me to do when I'm being creative is to name that thing which I have written into existence. Many times I search Google on prospective names, and most of the good ones always seem taken. Then we go through the mediocre and/or bizarre stuff, and I either can't spell … Continue reading What’s in a name?
As you sit in your fishing dingy offshore on a lazy summer morning, Hillport rises to the North. The expansive bay shelters commercial and fishing vessels, with their triangular sails and mysterious cargoes. At the pier for the ships and the fishing docks are shrines to the Master of the Void, as he is also … Continue reading Enter: Hillport!
...have arrived! Check out the tab above titled "TIRRAN LYCANTHROPES" and tell me if it wets your appetite. Sometimes there are just too many possibilities to decide what to do. This is still a rough graphic, but I think you get the idea.
A dup? And what is this about cheese? Dups are used as pack animals and as dairy or meat sources from Hillport to Eaglebrook.Think of something between an American bison and a rhinocerous, and that is getting close to what a dup looks like. The legs are quite stout, and the shoulders mound up behind … Continue reading Oh, for a clump of Dup cheese!
In the continent of TIRRA, I am setting the world notes in the Age of Swords. Why did I choose that era? The ages each have meaning. TIRRA is lacking in iron, and therefore must make do with copper, zinc, nickel, and tin and so on. Swords made of bronze may look impressive, but they … Continue reading Why the Age of Swords?
This blog has lain fallow for nearly a year. Creatively I was just in a place where I didn't have anything to say - due to a lot of reasons that should probably be left unsaid. But, yes, it's a nice sunny warm Sunday, and I'm inside pretending I'm very far away. I've dusted off … Continue reading TIRRA Kickoff
I've had a long flirtation with writing implements and papers. If I just don't like the pen or the paper, I may as well play Solitaire because I won't get anything significant done. Yeah, I might be able to write a little, but I might as well toss it sooner rather than later. Also, trying … Continue reading On Journaling
I find my muse in the closet, behind the spot where the cat hides in storms, behind heavy coats, in the darkest safest place. She looks up at me above tear-streaked cheeks, with more moisture rolling down rosy tender curves. I'm not working at that office today. I can spend some time with you. Are … Continue reading When writing isn’t easy