He began to write a blog post

I hate platitudes - like, really hate platitudes. There was one that I didn't mind until I saw it hanging over the desk of a boss I couldn't stand. I hope she got a nasty paper cut when she hung it up. Do or do not. There is no try. -- Yoda Now I can't … Continue reading He began to write a blog post


Being a Writer With ADHD

For years, I had a nameless problem. Okay, that's partially true. I had a lot of names for it - none of them polite and most aimed at myself. When I could force myself to sit down and write, I was fine -- for five to fifteen minutes. Somewhere in that time, my fingers would … Continue reading Being a Writer With ADHD

Where Have All The Rules Gone?

The Let's Play Ball Blog

1201161657Remember the good old days when strict gatekeepers had total control over what got published? It wasn’t all that long ago, when you think about it. Some of us still have scars from trying to crash those gates. Getting slapped down by relentless rejection was bad enough, but what about all the rules that these guardians of literature enforced? If we were fortunate enough to get replies from them at all, we’d receive a dressing down about all the strictures we had violated in our pitiful attempts to write. We would not merit a second glance, much less true consideration, until we mastered the various commandments they had set up to keep the barriers in place.

There were various telltale signs, the gatekeepers said, that pegged you as an amateur. One of these was overuse of adjectives and adverbs. Well, maybe the occasional odd adjective could be allowed, they conceded…

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Is It Always Sexy Time?

Let me start this by saying that sex is awesome. I love doing it, I love writing it, and I love reading it - most of the time. One of my pen-names is of the brown-chicken-brown-cow variety. (In case you're not familiar with the reference) It's fun! But, let's be honest - it can be … Continue reading Is It Always Sexy Time?

I Don’t Care About Your Character’s Breakfast (unless it’s poisoned, of course)

I've seen a tendency in new authors to begin at the beginning -- like, the very beginning. No matter what Julie Andrews says, it's not a very good place to start. If your character is alive (or even undead), I assume they woke up. Whether it was dusk, dawn, or any other time - it's … Continue reading I Don’t Care About Your Character’s Breakfast (unless it’s poisoned, of course)

Wandering around WordPress…

When I started this blog, I made a list of mistakes I've made, that I saw from new writers in school, and that I see now in traditional and self-published books. The list was wimpy. Pulling things out of my brain all at once takes more effort than I can muster. That's why I don't write flash-fiction. … Continue reading Wandering around WordPress…