Cover Design: Come Apart


I have finished the initial cover design for my new novel Come Apart.  Note that I have not included any text because I was going to do that in the cover editor for CreateSpace, unless I could do it myself, and then I will use a font called “Digital Dream”. Feedback?

Cover Design: Three Blended Elements


I haven’t written much about cover design, but as an indie writer who is a complete do-it-yourselfer, I have designed the covers for the last two books I have written. In this quest to create a great cover, I have followed what I call the cardinal rules of great cover design as laid out by several professional cover … Continue reading

A Death In The Family


Today is an extremely sad day for me.  I just can’t get focused on anything else.  Chewy, our Labrador/Great Pyrenees, had to be put to sleep after being in our family for over 11 years. It started rather innocently.  He had developed a limp over the past few weeks that seemed to get worse, and … Continue reading

Dialogue and Description: The Delicate Balance


One of the biggest problems I encounter when giving advice to other writers is the problem of how much dialogue is too much without ample description to back up the verbiage. The truth is that many amateur writers either lay on the description until they become like Charles Dickens or they write page after page … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Realism & Ramis


In this episode Ryan and I discuss the problem of realism and the suspension of disbelief in fiction and in film. How much realism is required when writing a fiction story in order to keep the reader from balking at our narrative. We also mourn the death of our hero Harold Ramis, aka “Egon Spengler”. … Continue reading

An AP Teacher’s Thoughts on AP


I have thought for some time about Advanced Placement and its worth in an education system that is increasingly using the internet to educate students.  I think more and more about the worth of Advanced Placement courses, as to whether they are useful anymore, and recently I have been going through some soul searching about … Continue reading

5 Tips for Finishing a Writing Project


How many writing projects have you started, but have not finished? This is an excellent question, but the answer for a writer should be a very small number.  Successful writers finish what they start, even if it takes years to get there. Elizabeth Bishop worked on her poem “The Moose” for a record 20 years. … Continue reading