My Favorite Fictional Characters

For me, characters make the story. Needless to say, I'm a big fan of character-driven plot. Here's a list of some of my fictional homies: Wolf Larsen Wolf is the captain of the Sea Wolf, the boat in the novel ...Sea Wolf. He's masculine, tough, and almost a little animal in his nature. His simple, [...]

Flash Fiction – Mercenaries for Hire

More completely random fiction that could possibly be expanded upon if I decide to do so. Sonez Perray’s champagne colored hair fell loose from behind her ear, swinging into her view. She combed it back with her fingers, lifting her eyes from her tablet’s screen. The bar was more crowded now than when she’d arrived [...]

Book Review – Vicious, by V.E. Schwab

Vicious is another book recommended to me by a friend. I’d never read anything by the author, V.E. Schwab, but the premise sounded good. I’ve always loved fictional moral ambiguity, and boy does this book have it. Premise The main character, Victor Vale, and his best school buddy, Eli (soon to be Eli Ever), give [...]

Figaro Up, Figaro Down

Heavy boots stamped the rain soaked sidewalk and Figaro dodged into an alley. Wet rats scattered from his path as he made his way, hands lodged deep in his jean pockets. His thumb moved back and forth across the cuts of his apartment key. That’s where he should have stayed tonight, he thought. In his [...]

8 Writing Habits of Amateurs

If I wanted to write this blog in the style of a shitty tenth grade academic essay, it might go a little something like this: The topic I am writing about is amateur writing habits. I think that you should state the purpose of your paper clearly from the beginning, or you will look unprofessional. [...]

Writing the Opposite Sex

I want to make clear my opinion before I get into the meat of this post: I almost always write about the opposite sex. (So, men.) I don’t know why. I’d just rather. So obviously, I think you should write about who-the-fuck-ever you want. You’ll run into plenty of people who think otherwise. In my [...]

Favorite Blog Posts of the Week

Happy Saturday! I have a "flash fiction" in the works, but not a "real" post for today. So, I thought I'd link to a few of my favorite posts from this week posted by others. If this is improper etiquette or if you would like your post unlinked, please let me know. I'm new to this. [...]

4 Steps for Quick & Easy Revision

I wrote this post a short while back about how I like to revise my writing, which is accurate but unhelpful. This time around I have actual advice. Step One: Break Down the Workload Give yourself about 1,000 words to revise per "session." It may sound unproductive, but trust me on this one: the fewer words you edit [...]

Flash Fiction: Figaro’s First Bar Fight

A pantsed bout of fiction. Let me know your thoughts. Anything short of a novel makes me uncomfortable to write, so I appreciate pointers. One too many times the drunk man’s tepid breath rushed across Figaro’s ear. He spun his barstool halfway around, searching the greasy face before speaking.   “Hey,” he said, but the stranger [...]