Roy caught her eye in the rear view mirror. Cute! A brief smile reflected back at him and an electric jolt shot from his chest to his groin. Hot damn! He pulled a smoke out of the pack he kept in his bag and lit up. Continue reading “The Cabbie”
The prowler waits
Out of sight, eyes wide.
For me to make my move.
Pupils as big as saucers,
She stalks upon her prey.
Off my chair I move – to eat, to brew a cup, take a break as an author’s
Wont to do – now she pounces, hopeful that I’ll approve
But when I return, I give her a glare, duel of the fates
So she looks at me, as if to say:
“Hey, if it fits, I sits!”
The first thing I noticed about him was the fresh blood stain on his shoulder rag.
“I couldn’t live a week without a private library – indeed, I’d part with
all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500
or so books I possess.” ~H.P. Lovecraft
Howard Phillips Lovecraft – born today, August 20, 1890
He wrote many essays and poems early in his career, but gradually focused on the writing of horror stories. After the advent in 1923 of the pulp magazine Weird Tales, he contributed most of his fiction therein.
His relatively small corpus of fiction; three short novels and about sixty short stories, has nevertheless exercised a wide influence on subsequent work in the field. Though virtually unknown before his death, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre.
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear. And the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
Forbidden, dark, esoterically veiled knowledge is a central theme in many of Lovecraft’s works. Many of his characters are driven by curiosity or scientific endeavor, and in many of his stories the knowledge they uncover…
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Last week, I finished reading Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, a collection of writings by author Cheryl Strayed in her role as Dear Sugar, an advice columnist for TheRumpus.net.
In Tiny Beautiful Things, what’s most impressive isn’t how thoughtful or insightful Sugar’s replies are, but her uncanny ability to make each question seem so fragile and universally human. As a writer, it’s her columns on creativity, art, and the art of writing that stand out as little nuggets of artistic wisdom.
I teach memoir writing occasionally. I always ask my students to answer two questions about the work they and their peers have written: What happened in this story? and What is this story about? It’s a useful way to see what’s there. A lot of times, it isn’t much. Or rather, it’s a bunch of what happened that ends up being about…
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A common thread I’ve seen from fellow writers on the interwebs is the notion that they’re somehow a fraud – that to introduce themselves as writer is somehow an affront to honest, hard working people, an indulge in delusions of grandeur,even. That we can’t really call ourselves a write, not when we’ve still got that unrelated day job (or a need for one), because we view it as introducing a profession rather than a passion – and professionals get paid, right? But even successful published authors can feel this way, and it’s such a pervasive phenomenon there’s even a psychological term for it. I’m not sure if I should be comforted by this, or to cry out in dismay. But apparently, it’s not all bad. Continue reading “I’d Like To Be A Writer, Someday”
Show don’t tell.
This is a piece of advice you’ll hear time and time again – that you must show your reader what is happening, but what exactly does this mean? Aren’t you telling a story, after all? Well yes – but your aim should be immersion, and that’s what this is all about. Continue reading “Thoughts On Writing: Show Don’t Tell”