I Couldn’t Finish “The Last Unicorn” by Peter Beagle

So spoiler warning, I guess, even though this book was written over forty years ago.  I usually don't write blog posts about books I don't finish but I thought I would make an exception with this one as it hasn't been since The Magus that I have had such a drastically different opinion from the [...]

How Drake and Josh Are Destroying My Novel

I never thought procrastination would be so simple, but I found a way. I found a way. I set out  working on chapter seven of my story and somehow found myself plunging into the ether of pop culture sludge. For literally no reason at all, I began looking into the Drake and Josh controversy. In [...]

Thoughts on “My Cousin Rachel” by Daphne du Maurier

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE NOVEL. As an avid fan of du Maurier's Rebecca, I have to confess that I was a bit disappointed with My Cousin Rachel. It started off very strong with little Philip coming face to face with the corpse of a man who had been hanged for murdering his wife, a scene [...]

How to Mary Sue Proof Your Characters

Last week I wrote a post about Mary Sues and why people write them. Today, I want to give you some unsolicited pointers on how to avoid writing a Mary Sue, or even a Gary Stu (the male equivalent). Enjoy! Start with a real person. While it may not be a good idea to base a [...]

How I’m Writing What I Don’t Know

Conventional wisdom says that you're supposed to write what you know. However, I have decided to go the harder route and try writing what I don't know. Why am I trying to carry out this obviously horrible idea? Because if I never try anything new, every single protagonist I write will be an introverted middle-class [...]

A Writer’s Dilemma: The Problem With Conflict

It's pretty obvious that one of the central components to a story is the conflict. It doesn't matter what the conflict is: fighting the Dark Lord, winning the beef cake, or keeping the world from losing its Twinkies. There just has to be a problem for the protagonist to solve. I am good at coming [...]

Amidst Political Chaos, My Novel Progresses

It's been over a week since I've updated this blog and I've been feeling guilty about neglecting it. I would use the excuse that I've been busy (and I have), but more than that, I've been emotionally rung out (haven't we all) and I didn't trust myself to use this medium without making it all [...]

My Novella is a Novel Now

I suspected this day would come. I had just hoped I would be more ready for it. I realized upon rereading the most recent draft of my latest project that I would not be able to do my characters justice in such a short amount of time. If I want to tell the story and [...]

“The Infinity Doctors” a Doctor Who Novel Review

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the novel. It's been out since the 90s, but I thought I should give you a heads up anyway.  Pros: Gallifrey. Firstly, I would like to say I love how in-depth the writer is when describing Gallifrey in this novel. You would think that it would bog down the plot, [...]

My Mind Only Lets Me Write at Night

I am a nocturnal writer. I have been since I was a wee one, scribbling Fairly Oddparents fanfiction inside of a notebook on a long car ride home. There have been freak instances when I've produced quality material during the daytime, but it usually involves having a magic talisman and whispering ancient languages into the [...]