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Story Crafting 12: Writing ABDC

April 30, 2021


On the spectrum from panster to plotter Maybe plotting works great for you. But if you get stuck try this. Maybe you are a panster. But if you get stuck try this. For the record, this is the first time I’ve been forced to use the new WP editing suite and it sucks balls. No […]

More Lore from the Mythos II

October 14, 2020


Once again, I made it into More Lore from the Mythos from Fractured Mind Pulbishing. When Lovecraft created his mythology his aim, much like Tolkien’s, was to create a rich tapestry that others could base their own tales in. 100 years later, his work is still going strong. There have been literally dozens of his […]

Hellcats Anthology

October 12, 2020


PLEASE BUY THIS BOOK If you’ve ever read anything I’ve ever written, most likely it was here, for free, and I appreciate that. However, this is a little different. Like a lot of you, I am distraught about the goings on in the world today. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. And, it seems […]

9th Anniversary Blog: Re-Invention

May 18, 2020


The Stats Wow. I just checked and this is my 302nd blog. Since I published 4 blogs in one day, it went right by me. This year is my lowest ever total for published pieces with 12, or one a month, in the meantime I have over 70 posts in draft….Yet somehow people are still […]

The Damned of Eldritch Creek

November 20, 2019


The Damned of Eldritch Creek By Jon Tobey   I’m assuming that anybody on my Facebook page who is going to buy More Lore from the Mythos has already done so, so I’m going to post a portion of my story in the analogy here, and ask if you like it, please invest $1.99 in […]

Storycrafting 10: Free Association

October 24, 2019


In his book Zen and the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury famously discussed his “noun list” writing technique. It’s been regurgitated many times. I first read about this in the preface to either Something Wicked this Way Comes or Dandelion Wine when I was 12, and of course forgot it for a good 40 years. […]

I Shot Muldowney

May 8, 2019


This will be my third year entering the Stories of the Sea competition. Clearly, I had a year to write something, but I seem to have this bad habit of writing the piece just before the competition. I had the title for this in a notebook for a long time, and was going to write […]

Published Pieces

December 20, 2018


Image from Fernie BC. Click to see the portrait version. When I was cleaning up Amber’s Picks, I ran a couple of searches on the stories that had gotten published to include the links and I ran across a few I had forgotten, and a few I didn’t even know about. So mostly as an […]

The Feather Thief

August 2, 2018


A Fascinating Caper and Moral Tale The Feather Thief, by Kirk Wallace Johnson certainly proves my dad’s adage that “truth is stranger than fiction.” The entirely non-fictional story reads like a novel. As a novelist and short story writer, I sure wish I could’ve come up with this plot. And, while the crime was tangentially […]

How Kurt Vonnegut Taught Me to Create PowerPoint Decks

May 17, 2018


Featured image graciously provided by the artist Maya Eilam at  Narrative in Technical Writing 3 Story Crafting 8 Recently, I was working on a PowerPoint presentation for work, and despite creating if from an agreed upon outline, the customer wanted a total rewrite. That’s okay, the deck was about the Agile philosophy, one tenet […]