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6th Anniversary Blog

May 18, 2017

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Nothing Focuses the Mind like a Hanging — Errrr, Anniversary Today is the 6th Anniversary of this blog, a time when I usually sum up my creative efforts for the year. And which explains the annual rush of May postings. I originally started the blog because I was, how do they say – between opportunities […]

The Forest God

May 15, 2017

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The Forest God Here is a quick little story two-and-a-half years in the making which would probably still be being pondered over if I hadn’t set the artificial deadline of my blog anniversary (5/18) to “publish” it. Confession of Solomon Pentacost This day, October 31, 1665, Solomon Pentacost My name is Solomon Pentacost. As I […]

Pigs of Minot

January 7, 2017

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A few nights ago I had a fever and I had one of those dreams that goes all night, no matter how many times I wake up, every time I go back to sleep, it continues. This allows me to think about and shape the dream, and it’s actually a large part of my writing […]

Destroying Angel Part 2 of 4

December 6, 2016

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Destroying Angel Part 1 2 Whereas Wulff’s house was on the river side of the road, the lodge sat on a long drive up the hill away from the river. As we drove up, we swung around the back of the house to the kitchen entrance. Light was coming from the windows which spanned the […]

Destroying Angel – Part 1 of 4

December 4, 2016

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So, I didn’t win the Black Orchid Society Nero Wolfe competition, and now I can publish the story here. I want to thank everybody who helped: Jason, Kelly, Elisabetta, Beth, the Wilsons, Judy, Ellen, Mark, other Mark,  Laura, Ethan, other people I’m sure I’m forgetting at the moment.  Please forgive me if I have left […]

“I Have an Idea for a Book/Movie”

November 17, 2016

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Get the Worksheet Idea, Situation, Concept, Premise & Theme the Storycrafting Prequel People say this to me all of the time “I have an idea for a story…” I bet you do, because you are an intelligent, creative person and I respect you. And I can predict how the conversation goes from here. Either you […]

Storycrafting 6: What Engine Drives Your Story?

November 7, 2016

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One thing that is really important to writing, but is rarely discussed, is the “engine” that makes stories work. What is the engine? It’s a theme, character trait, or plot device that comes up repeatedly, usually in a series, that drives the plot. It’s the way a certain character always responds to a situation, or […]