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Falkontheorie Gone?


German writer Paul Heyse (1830-1914) based his theory of Falkontheorie on the ninth tale of the fifth day of the Decamaron.  The tale is about a man who sacrificed everything for the love of a woman and when he still rejected her he then sacrificed his prize falcon as well, thereby winning her heart.  The idea or … Continue reading

Emotive Dialogue


Yesterday I recorded our latest podcast for Fanboys on Fiction, and during the conversation, Ryan McKinley brought up the devilish problem of using “he said/she said” in dialogue passages.  This made me think of a good way that we could remove these redundant story killers from our dialogue and in the process make that dialogue more … Continue reading

E-Publishing Predictions for 2013


Today I received an e-mail update from Mark Coker because I am a Smashwords member (that is, I have published to Smashwords and they see fit to send updates my way about their company).  Mark Coker, president of Smashwords.com, which is a wonderful vehicle for self publishers to publish their work for free in every format … Continue reading

Writing a Novel: A Retrospective


This Broken Earth  is finished, as far as the series versions.  I will go back these next few weeks to fine tune and tweak the entire thing so that I might produce them as one volume.  These will include a print edition through CreateSpace, and a Kindle, Nook and iTunes version as well.  After spending … Continue reading

5 Best Selling Novels We’ve Forgotten


I have been accused, on occasion, of lamenting the success of Twilight.  Why shouldn’t I?  It reads like a poorly scripted soap opera, it’s characters are shallow at best and it has no lasting value in regards to the human condition…and aren’t we already tired of seeing vampire books?  Most publishing houses are currently using a … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup: 9/8/2012


This weeks stories were interesting in that they show where the industry of self-publishing is moving.  We also delve into the seedy underbelly of some of its darker nature.  Enjoy. 1.  It’s a Crime – Major crime writer R.J. Ellory is caught with his hand in the cookie jar.  All he had to do was … Continue reading

Less is More: Our Writing Is Frittered Away By Detail


  Writing is an ever changing chameleon.  If we examine texts written throughout the ages we soon begin to notice a pattern of writing styles that change over time.  Everyone remembers Shakespeare, his eloquent speeches, powerful dialogue and dramatic scenes forever burned into our memory.  If one picks up a copy of a best selling … Continue reading

Finishing a Rough Draft: a Retrospective


Yesterday at 3:17pm I finished the rough draft of Book I: The U.S. of After, the first installment of a larger novel This Broken Earth.  The novel is about the lives of several individuals on a trek to find their way to New Orleans from Norman, Oklahoma after the events of World War 3 and a vicious pandemic … Continue reading