While not all protagonists are good, it’s true, they are nevertheless an essential ingredient to any story (with a few abstract exceptions). It might seem easy to make a lead character who is generally likeable, and for some it is. But for others, creating a character out of thin air who is both interesting and believable can be a real challenge. This is easily overcome, however, if you practice following a few simple guidelines.Continue reading “The Best of the Best: Making Believable Protagonists”
February was not all it could have been. The last week in particular had a lot going on (hence the lack of any substantial posts). However, progress was made on one rough draft and the first two books of my series have been reviewed as hoped. Yet another poem was accepted for publication by The Pangolin Review.
March will hopefully be a month of greater fulfillment and warmer weather alike. To begin with, I have decided to take down my page on editorial service offerings. As no one has shown even a modicum of interest, there is no real reason to keep it around. At least at this time.
My rough drafting and final reviewing will continue apace, and I may even begin work on a new project. Or else I may begin doing research for one of the many nonfiction book projects I’ve been considering lately. Either way, March promises to be an interesting month. And with 31 days, there’s plenty of room to pack it with good things!
This one’s never exactly been my holiday, but to all you hopeless romantics out there, have a blessed and blissful day!
After a month of rather serious subjects, I thought I’d make a lighter post about some common Latin phrases used in writing today, as well as what they mean (courtesy of Latin Made Simple by Doug Julius 🙂 . So, without further fuss, here they are:Continue reading “Some Latin Literary Phrases”
January was a very busy month, if majorly disappointing in some ways. Nevertheless, I managed to make some progress on several fronts. There was a good deal of revising and reworking passages for my main series, as well as for the second installment of the Sauragia series that I hope to release this summer. Additionally, I had another two poems published in the journal In Parentheses.
February has the potential to be an even more fulfilling month. Continuing from last month, I shall begin the process of giving my whole series one last look in detail. I may also begin formal research for a few nonfiction projects I would like to start working on by the end of this year.
As most of you know, I am a major admirer of the literary work of Brian Jacques (see my previous post on the Redwall series here). His writing has been a source of amusement as well as inspiration for me since the age of 18. I recently read through the Castaways of the Flying Dutchman trilogy, and thought I’d share my critiques as well as what I liked about this lesser publicized series by the beloved YA author.Continue reading “Review: ‘Castaways of the Flying Dutchman’ by Brian Jacques”
It’s a problem. It happens every day. Sometimes professionals are the culprits, but sometimes they are ordinary, otherwise law-abiding citizens who use some variation of “but everybody does it” to excuse what is quite simply a crime. If you don’t like moral lectures, then I suggest you skip this post, but personally I’d be much obliged if you’d take a moment to read it, and positively delighted if you took the message to heart.Continue reading “Copyrights and Intellectual Property Theft”
In my previous post, I spoke of why or why not self-publishing might be a good idea. In this one, I will attempt to outline the process of making it happen for those who would like to give it a try. More specifically, I will be talking about publishing a book here, though it can apply to some degree to publishing a short story as well.Continue reading “The Self-Publishing Process”
Are you tired of constant form-letter rejections? Do you like having greater control over your creative process? Would you prefer to keep more of your royalties?
If your answer to any of the above is yes, then self-publishing might just be the route for you. In this first of several posts on self-publishing, I will attempt to detail the reasons why taking the independent route to publication may or may not be the right route for you.Continue reading “Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing”
December was a very full and fulfilling month, all told. Though I did not quite get around to everything I’d hoped, all the main goals were met and then some. I reviewed the sequel to Sauragia earlier this month (some changes need to be made, but still planning to publish this summer), as well as my secondary anthology project between Christmas and New Year’s. Looking good so far.Continue reading “Plans for January”