Dreams Come True…

Oh, yes they do!

Today my first urban fantasy Kissed by Darkness is LIVE on Amazon and Smashwords.

You can buy it here:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon DE


Melissa over at Were Vamps Romance  is interviewing me today.  She has given Kissed by Darkness a 5/5 review.  SQUEE!  Stop by her blog because she’s running a contest today.  You can win your very own copy of KbD FREE!!!  Even more SQUEE!!!

Everything’s Better With Zombies

Just in case you haven’t heard, tomorrow is the release date for my urban fantasy novel, Kissed by Darkness. Woohoo!

But to keep us entertained (and myself from going insane) this Writer Wednesday, I’ve got something special up my sleeve. Today we’re Getting Jack’d!

That’s right, I’ve got the amazingly talented Jack Wallen here to share a little about his upcoming novels Shero and My Zombie My. Jack’s quite possibly one of the coolest guys I know. He also looks better in my stillettos than I do. ;-)

Welcome Jack!

SM: As you know, I loved I Zombie I, so thanks for agreeing to be my second
interview victim. I mean participant. You already know that I love to be nosy ask intelligent and thought provoking questions. So, without further ado:

Just for kicks and giggles (Also because I’m a dork and I know you are, too.), if you were a Star Trek® [or Star Wars® ] character, which one would it be?

JW: Oh man that is a tough one…a really tough one. But I’d have to say I’d really want to be either the Cardassian Garik (because there was so much emotional and character depth to the man) or Kira Kerys (because she had
that dark parallel that wore the sexiest costumes!)

SM: Ohhh, good choices! Two of my fave characters from DS9!

What inspired you to become a writer? Was there a person or an incident which made the “I want to write!” light bulb go off in your brain?

JW: Since I was an actor for so long, I already had my head ripped off by the creative bug. After twenty years of being on the stage I saw the writing on the wall that the economy in the US was about to trample the arts, so Iretired. I also knew that I was going to have to have some way to satisfy that monster inside of me that would absolutely insist I feed it’s creative needs. I had already written some stage plays, so the transition was natural for me.

SM: What authors inspire you?

JW: Clive Barker is the single author I credit for inspiration. He is the one writer of the fantastique and horror that I know of that can insert such beauty into the horrific. His book Imajica is that one book that I hold above all others — it is my litmus test, my secret Nirvana.

SM: What is the last book you read?

JW: I am such a slow reader…but the last book I read was John Locke’s “How I
sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months”. The book really helped me quite a bit,
because it made business understandable by someone (me) who does not have
a business-centric mind.

SM: I haven’t read John Locke’s book yet, but I’ve heard it’s interesting from a marketing/busines point of view. It’s in the queue on my Kindle. :-)

As an indie I know you do a lot of work to make your novels indistinguishable from the “traditionally” published ones. Can you take us through the steps for one of your books getting published?

JW: Certainly:

1. Write a good novel with characters people can connect with. I always
write my first draft with pen and paper.
2. First rewrites. This means typing out the manuscript for the first
time. I feel this really gets me connected to the book, more so than doing
a standard re-reading the MS in digital format. There’s more of an organic
transfer when I’m reading my handwritten words and typing them for the
first time.
3. Send manuscript to beta readers.
4. Begin creating cover art.
5. Incorporate beta-reader feedback if it’s applicable or sound in the
second re-write.
6. Send manuscript to my editor.
7. Finish cover art and begin promotion.
8. Go over editor suggestions and make necessary changes.
9. Send back to editor for proof.
10. Editor then sends proofed manuscript to second editor who reads for
clarity and any inconsistencies.
11. Incorporate any necessary suggestions/changes from second editor.
12. Submit manuscript (with cover art) to Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes &
13. Format manuscript for paperback edition.
14. Create cover art for paperback edition.
15. Submit to Create Space for paperback edition.
16. Go over any changes necessary for approval on CS.
17. Order paperback copies.
18. Promote the hell out of the work.

SM: Why did you decide to go indie?

JW: I realized how much I enjoyed the creative process, which included creating covers and having as much control over my story and my process. On top of that, I don’t the overpowering need to be validated by being
accepted by the publishing “industry”. The only acceptance I need is by my readers.

SM: I’m with you on that. I love having complete creative control and being able to go straight to my readers with my material.

What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?

JW: None yet…but they will, and when they do I will walk out of the building of a “day job” for the last time.

SM: Amen to that!

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

JW: I actually don’t. I think all the time I spent being an actor taught me that inspiration can come from everywhere at all times. In fact, I think I might have quite the opposite problem — too much in me and not enough time to get it out.

There have been moments where I’ve written myself into a corner or I’m at a junction where I’m not sure where the story and characters need to go. At that point I just overload on music and listen closely to the lyrics and let the emotion of the music take me over. Almost always out of that something good will come.

SM: What was your inspiration for the I Zombie I trilogy? How about your upcoming novel, Shero?

JW: The inspiration for I Zombie I came out of a simple question I posed to myself one day. That question was: “What would it feel like to become a zombie?” I really wanted to know the answer and so I decided the only way
to successfully answer it was to write a book.

The inspiration for Shero draws on a bit more of an emotional line. I know a lot of transgendered people. They are wonderful men and women who are misunderstood and often hurt by society. Among those people are some real
heros — pioneering and paving the way for those coming behind them. I decided the transgendered community needed a fictional hero to represent them in a way that illustrated to society that they were just people — they could be hurt, but they could also be the one to save your life some day.

SM: That’s incredible, Jack! I think what you’ve done here is amazing. I’m really looking forward to reading Shero.

By the way, when is the second zombie book out (My Zombie My)? And how about Shero?

JW: Shero will hit the shelves, I believe, the second or third week of July. My Zombie My will be available August 4th. But you can start getting a taste of it by visiting Zombie Radio (http://www.zombieradio.org).

SM: Did you have to do a lot of research for Shero?

JW: Just wearing a lot of skirts and heels…although the perfect little black dress did elude me ;-).

SM: Oh, man, me too! LOL!

Any words of wisdom for newbie authors or authors thinking of taking the plunge into self-publishing?

JW: Write. Write again. Write some more. Don’t ever stop. The second you finish that first book, take a breath, do a Snoopy dance for a moment, and then start up with the next book. And don’t let anyone EVER tell you you can’t make that dream come true. Sure it’s hard work, but the payoff is worth the effort.

SM: Word!

Thanks so much Jack! It’s been an absolute pleasure chatting to you today.

You can find Jack’s books here:

I Zombie I
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/I-Zombie-ebook/dp/B004LGTRX0
Barnes & Noble:
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/36790
Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/I-Zombie-Jack-Wallen/dp/1461134137

A Blade Away
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002NPBSME
Barnes & Noble:
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/34698
Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Blade-Away-Jack-Wallen/dp/1461082218

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Gothica-Fringe-Killer-ebook/dp/B002OL1Y3A
Barnes & Noble:
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/35382
Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Gothica-Jack-Wallen/dp/1461163633

And you can find Jack here:

Get Jack’d: http://www.monkeypantz.net
Twitter: jlwallen
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jlwallen

Thrilling News

Today’s post is a little short.  Life’s a little crazy at the moment, but I just wanted to let you all know about some things that are thrilling me this Tuesday.

Thrilling News!

I am beyond thrilled!  Just two more days until the release of my very first urban fantasy: Kissed by Darkness.

Yeah, baby!

You can read a sample of Kissed by Darkness here.

Tomorrow We’re Getting Jack’d!

Tomorrow for Writer’s Wednesday I’ll be interviewing  Jack Wallen, author of the excellent zombie thriller I Zombie I, and the forthcoming superhero yarn, Shero.

But Jack is no one-trick pony.  He’s also got a couple mysteries up his sleeve.  Right now I’m reading A Blade Away.  They’ve just discovered a dead body.  I probably shouldn’t be so thrilled about that.  But I can’t really help it.  It’s a great read!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow and say “hey.”

Sample Sunday: Kissed by Darkness

Kissed by Darkness is out this coming Thursday, 30 June 2011!!!

Danger is always on the menu for Morgan Bailey, a sexy and street-smart bounty hunter, who prowls the dark underworld of Portland, Oregon hunting creatures of the night. Morgan’s never met a vampire she couldn’t dust or a demon she couldn’t kill until she’s hired to destroy a new kind of mystical threat: the Sunwalker.

A powerful immortal once believed myth, the Sunwalker carries with him an ancient secret which, if left unchecked, will destroy Morgan’s world. Pursued by a passionate Templar Knight and the target of the local vampire clans, an ancient power is awakened within her, unlike anything she’s ever known. Morgan must uncover the truth behind her mission and about herself, before the Darkness lurking inside swallows her whole.

To celebrate the here is the very first scene from the very first chapter for your reading pleasure:

“You’re dripping blood on my carpet. Again.” The voice was as expressionless as the face. Only a slight glint behind deep brown eyes betrayed the fact that Kabita Jones, my boss and best friend, was extremely peeved.

I could sort of see her point. Last time she’d had to replace the carpet. This time the blood only went up to my elbows and it was mostly dry already. There were just a couple of drips. It wasn’t like she couldn’t get the place steam cleaned.

“That’s what you get for calling me in right after a hunt.” I dropped into one of the two chairs in front of her massive mahogany desk. She scowled at me. She didn’t like me getting blood all over her fake leather chairs, either. Bad for business, having a client sit down in a pool of vampire blood.

“Here.” She tossed me a box of wet wipes, only semi-effective for cleaning blood off things, but certainly better than nothing. I grabbed a wipe and scrubbed at my arm. That’s when I noticed a few drops of blood in my cleavage. Gross.

Kabita leaned back in her chair. “How do you like weird?”

As though killing vampires and demon spawn and other creepy crawlies for a living was normal. I tried to raise an eyebrow at her, but I was no Mr. Spock; both went up. “Define weird.”

“Weird. As in: ‘up your alley’ weird.”

Ah, she meant blood suckers. Nightwalkers. Minions of Darkness.Otherwise known as vampires. Right.

Except for Kabita and me, vampires weren’t weird. They were normal, everyday stuff. Or maybe I should say every-night stuff. It was like saying that baking bread was a weird job for a baker.

Kabita ran a private investigation firm which specialized in hunting down things the government liked to pretend didn’t exist. Creatures that would give most normal people nightmares. The government paid us decent money to track and kill the monsters while maintaining a cover as private investigators that did nothing more exciting than investigate cheating spouses. We got excitement and fortune, if not fame. The government got plausible deniability. We all went home happy.

“And how is this weirder than any other ‘up my alley’ case?” I asked as I cleaned off the last of the blood.

She pushed a file gingerly across the desk. Despite being one of the best demon spawn hunters in the business, Kabita found vampires extremely distasteful, not to mention creepy. Go figure. “It’s not an ordinary vamp,” she said. “It’s a Sunwalker.”

I checked to make sure my jaw wasn’t lying on her desk. Nope, still attached to my face. “A Sunwalker? You’re kidding, right?”

“Our new client wants us to hunt this Sunwalker and kill him, but more importantly, he wants us to retrieve something the Sunwalker stole from his family.He’ll fill you in on the details. You’re to meet him at this address.” She shoved a piece of paper across at me while carefully tucking a strand of long, ink black hair behind her ear.

Despite edging on forty, she didn’t have a single strand of gray. I hadn’t quite hit thirty yet, twenty-nine to be exact, but I hoped I looked half as good as she did at forty. I had my doubts. My job wasn’t exactly the kind that kept one young.

I shook my head. “This is insane. A Sunwalker? As in vampires who can walk in sunlight? You do know they’re not real, right? Sunwalkers are just a myth.”

She gave me a look. She was good at “the look.” “Excuse me, oh Great Slayer of Vampires, but you don’t have a choice. Not if you want to keep your job.”

Which I did, and she knew it. There was something so immensely satisfying about going to work and hacking someone or something’s head off. They didn’t usually let you do that at, say, the pharmaceutical company or the post office, even if that someone really deserved it. They kind of frowned on it, actually. I also got to wear jeans and really cool kick-ass boots every day.

Truth was, though, Kabita knew I loved a good challenge. She wasn’t just my boss, she was also my friend and would never give me anything I couldn’t handle, no matter how much I bitched and moaned about an assignment. I was damn good at killing vamps. A Sunwalker would just be a little more … tricky. Not only were they not supposed to exist, but how were you supposed to find a vampire that could walk around in daylight? Heck, he probably even had a nice tan.

“Jesus, Kabita. What have you gotten me into this time?” It was rhetorical and accompanied by an eye roll. I snatched the paper off the desk. “Fine. I’ll meet him after I take a shower.”

“Good idea.”

I just glared at her. Sarcastic witch.

Her return smile was annoyingly beatific.

Spotlight Saturday: Temples, Superpowers and Ancient Cities

Today’s Spotlight is on fellow indie author Heather Marie Adkins.  Heather’s blog Stone Cottage on a Hill is one of the prettiest I’ve seen.  You should stop by!

But more importantly, she’s recently uploaded her first novel, The Temple.  Oooohhhh, sounds all mysterious and stuff!

Have I mentioned lately how much I love mysterious and stuff?

Here’s the blurb:

Vale Avari has a mysterious past and a laundry list of super-powers, but that’s nothing compared to what she finds upon moving from small town U.S.A to jolly-good England.

A chance dart throw lands her in Quicksilver, an off-the-map place with a big problem – people are dying, and word is, it’s supernatural.

At her new place of employment, a temple dedicated to the ancient Mother Goddess, Vale learns something even more shocking – women guards are disappearing at an alarmingly patterned rate; women who possess special gifts like her own.

Supernatural powers aside, Vale isn’t ready to believe in the Wild Hunt as the culprit, and she’s determined to prove the deaths are acts of human violence.

Plagued by a brute with a history of domestic violence and lusting after a dark-eyed man with a secret, Vale has a limited amount of time to discover the killer before he strikes again. In the process, she’ll learn things aren’t always what they seem and the supernatural might not be so extraordinary after all.

The Hunt could ride for her.

Now THAT sounds like a must-read.  It’s available NOW on Amazon or Amazon UK (Just 70 pence!).

She also has a short story available called Underneath which is available FREE on  Smashwords:

An ancient city, entombed beneath a museum that seeks to understand the brutal race that once inhabited the underground world. A young woman with special empathic powers offered a job to create an exhibit of the city’s artifacts. Underneath, they wait for her.

I just downloaded it.  Can’t wait to give it a read.

Fantastical Friday: Vampire Assassins and the Samba Queen

There will be a rain dance Friday night, weather permitting ~ George Carlin

One of the things I’ve had to get used to living in the UK is the complete lack of summer. Well, maybe not a complete lack, but there sure isn’t much of it. We had a couple weeks of gorgeous weather last month and now the rain gods are paying us back big time.

Never mind. At least it’s an excuse to curl up with a good book and some hot cocoa. I also find rainy days very conducive to writing.

We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance. ~Japanese Proverb
Great picture of me, huh?Bwahahaha!!! Yeah, I know. Totally not me. Put me in a Brazilian samba club and I stick out like a sore thumb. But not because I can’t dance. I can dance, baby! Boy, can I dance. ;-)Last night I went dancing with my work peeps. Sort of a good-bye to one of the girls who is headed back to Brazil. I haven’t been dancing in ages and it was so invigorating. When you spend so much time hunched over a keyboard, locked inside the ravings of your own lunatic mind, it’s good to get out and get your groove thang on.Or maybe that’s just me. But I highly recommend a good old booty shake from time to time. Just to shake up the creative juices.

Books are a uniquely portable magic. ~ Stephen King

This week I’ve been reading Stephen King’s On Writing. I think it should be a must read for any writer or aspiring writer. Heck, even if you have no interest in writing, it’s still a great read. Part autobiography and part how-to, it read just like one of his novels. I’m a little over a third of the way through.I also finished Janet Evanovich’s latest installment in her Stephanie Plum series: Smokin’ Seventeen. Hilarious as ever.I was reading indie author Theresa Ragan’s novel A Knight in Central Park before I got sidetracked by Evanovich. Before I get back to it, I thought I’d enjoy a quick read, so I downloaded a novella by Samantha Warren. It’s the first in her Vampire Assassin series. I read more than half of it during my lunch break and will probably finish the rest on my ride home. It’s a great read for a great price.And speaking of Samantha, let me tell you a little story about WHY I bought her novella. Just in case you were wondering?

Us indie authors (and I imagine authors in general) often wonder how to promote our books. As a reader, I don’t think I had any real awareness of just how hard it is to do. But as both reader and writer I do know that slapping your book (literally or figuratively) in someone’s face and screaming “Read my book!” isn’t the way to do it.

Samantha didn’t do that. Instead she responded to a Tweet I made. I responded back. We had a “brief” conversation that had nothing to do with either of our novels and everything to do with reading, movies, and Firefly.

Yeah, baby! That’s what I’m talkin’ about! But I digress…

The point is that the awesome Samantha made an effort to connect with me. As a person and as a fellow lover of books. And that made me want to read her books. So I headed over to Amazon and downloaded one then and there.

This is how to market, people. Not with slick, shiny, in-your-face ads, but with connections. Conversation. If you want to know more about effective Twittering and Sacred Cow Tipping, I highly recommend checking out Kristen Lamb’s blog. You’ll thank me later.

Now how about YOU? What have you been reading this week?

Designing from Bones – Zoo Arcane (via Gene Lempp’s Blog)

I loved this post from Gene Lempp. He introduces us to four fabulous mythical beasts from the Zoo Arcane. Step in and prepare to be amazed…

Designing from Bones - Zoo Arcane Welcome to my weekly series “Designing from Bones”, using archaeology and the artifacts of human history to find and design stories. Join me this week for a tour through the Zoo Arcane as we visit four creatures spoken of by the ancients. Our ancestors loved to personify beasts, giving them powerful and legendary forms. They whispered about some over dinner out of fear and reverence. Others they lauded as heroic and built statuary to. These creat … Read More

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Weird Wednesday: The Weirdo Magnet Meets Dead Sexy


It’s a well known fact in certain circles that I am in possession of a Weirdo Magnet. I attract random human weirdness like a cow pie attracts flies. Something I have in common with the main character of my novel, Morgan Bailey.

Like most people, I collect certain things. I collect teacups, Christmas ornaments, books, ex-husbands and stalkers.
Oh, yes, my Weirdo Magnet is fully charged and working just fine. Let me give you an example.
This was probably about a year and a half ago, I was waiting at the bus stop after work with my nose in a book, as usual. I got on the bus and rode to my stop, as usual. I got off the bus and cut through the shopping centre on the way home, as usual. What was not usual was that I found myself suddenly with a walking companion. One who started chattering away at me with an accent so thick that I only understood about every fourth word.

He must have rambled on for a good fifteen minutes, of which I caught only a fraction. I would have thought my eyes glazing over would have shut him down, but no. The gist of his monologue was something to do with my appearance. I’m pretty sure he found it attractive. Though I’m not entirely sure since there was mention of “lots of other women”. He also repeated over and over that he didn’t know me. Obviously a genius of some renown.

It really got weird when he started telling me how he’d followed me on the freaking bus! That’s right, he lived in an entirely different area of the city (London is pretty substantial.), yet not only did he follow me onto the bus, he followed me OFF the bus. So he could talk to me.

Right. Because following a complete stranger around the city is so dead sexy.

We’d just spent 20 minutes on the same bus. There was even an empty space next to me, yet instead of approaching me on the bus where I might have felt safe, he pretty much stalked me through the shopping mall. He would probably have even followed me to my home (I got the feeling that was his intention.), but I refused to budge from the shopping centre. I may be in possession of a giant Weirdo Magnet, but I’m not stupid.

When he started rambling about meeting up, I knew I was in trouble. I got the distinct feeling this guy would not take “no” for an answer. Now I’m not one to use the fake boyfriend for an excuse to get away from a guy, but at that moment instinct was screaming VERY loudly. So, I lied. Sort of.

“I’m married!” I blurted out. It wasn’t exactly a lie. I’ve collected more than one husband in my time. Unfortunately, he wasn’t phased. He just started mumbling something about “divorce” and “separation”. I think he wanted wait listed or something. There was also frequent mention of him living in another part of town. Apparently, this makes it OK to cheat on imaginary husbands.

I assured him my husband would not appreciate me meeting with him in any capacity. Thanked him nicely, told him I was flattered, but made it very clear that… HELL NO!!!!!!!!!

He was angry. That much was obvious. Fortunately I’d had the brains to stay inside the mall very close to where all the security guards hang out.

I still double checked several times on my way home to make sure I wasn’t followed.

Just a suggestion. If you think a girl is hot and want to ask her out, stalking her may not be the best idea. It ain’t sexy. Actually, it’s kinda creepy.

Of course, my Giant Weirdo Magnet makes for some good stories. In fact, stories of the weirdos met during my attempt at online dating inspired one of my favorite scenes in Kissed by Darkness: Morgan’s blind date. I had a lot of fun writing the scene and it was really quite cathartic.

Chaucer was right; payback in fiction is so much fun.


Get Your Party On!

It’s finally here!

It’s party time, people! And this dude is here to make sure you have a good time:

So get your party hats on:

Some music to set the mood:

There’s more than enough Devil’s Food Cake to go around. Help yourself!

I first met James Rollins five years ago.

Okay, not literally. I wish (Fan girl SQUEE!)I’d just moved to the UK and had hit the local library desperate for something to read. I’d recently discovered thrillers, thanks to Dan Brown, and I wanted something similar. Something with lots of action and excitement, a mystery, some history, maybe a little science.

I got all that and a bag of chips.

For there, on the library shelf was a book called Sandstorm by this Rollins guy. Explosions, lost cities, clandestine organizations, mysticism, legend, and quite possibly the end of the world. What’s not to like?

Let me tell you, I was hooked. I’ve bought and read every single James Rollins book since. (Okay, I might have checked out one or two from the library, but I bought most of them.) I’ve also been stalking him for quite some time on Facebook and Twitter, but we won’t talk about that…. Ahem.

Why do I love Rollins’s books so very much? Uh….

I’m rubbish at the whole dissection of writing thing, but it boils down to this:

  • Characters I care about.
  • Fast paced action that never sacrifices plot.
  • Really cool and obscure history and science which some baddie is trying to use for nefarious purposes.
  • Twists and turns I never see coming.

And now the devilish man is taunting me with yet another delicious installment in his SIGMA Force series:

James Rollins talks devilish secrets:

The Devil Colony is available TODAY in the USA. In the UK, Amazon will let you pre-order the hardback. No ebook available yet in the UK, but let’s hope it comes out soon. I’m running out of room on my Rollins shelf…

The party doesn’t stop here, people. Join in the fun on Twitter at #DevilColony all day where James Rollins may just pop by to say hello.

The party continues:

  1. James Rollins Parties with Taco Sea Nags! « EduClaytion
  2. Devilish Fun…A Worldwide Book Launch Party! | Writers In The Storm Blog
  3. Friday Devil’s Playground: The Key To “Man-Speak” and a Devilish Party | Jenny Hansen’s Blog
  4. The Devil’s Treasures – James Rollins « Gene Lempp’s Blog
  5. Dance With The Devil In The Pale Moonlight or It’s A Party and You’re Invited! | Shéa MacLeod – Author
  6. Swooning, Devil Author, Twitter Parties, and James Rollins | Leanne Shirtliffe ~ Ironic Mom
  7. Do You Have A Devilish Soundtrack For Your Launch Party? | Jenny Hansen’s Blog
  8. Swooning, the Devil, and Twitter (Cross-post) | Wordbitches
  9. Tuesday Plans | Amanda Bozeman
  10. What Star Trek Can Teach Us About Great Writing « Kristen Lamb’s Blog
  11. Silver Screen Wishes and Movie Theater Dreams | Sonia G Medeiros
  12. The Devil’s Playground: Unleashing Our Devilry Throughout the Blogosphere | Jenny Hansen’s Blog
  13. Worldwide Twitter Book Launch! | Bridgette Booth

Everything I Know I Learned From Star Trek

I’m in the midst of re-reading my novel to catch any last minute errors before shooting it off to the formatter. (Egads!) So, I’m a little short on time. But I wanted to share this BRILLIANT post from Kristen Lamb (Whose book We Are Not Alone is a MUST read for any indie writer.) on what we can learn about writing from Star Trek.


What Star Trek Can Teach Us About Great Writing Happy Monday! Last week, we picked on the poor Star Wars prequels. What went wrong? Better yet, what lessons can we, as writers, take away from some serious storytelling blunders? If you missed this discussion, go here, and check out the comments. Some people way smarter than me stopped by, that's for certain. So, this week, I decided that this piece I wrote about STAR TREK last year might be a nice follow-up to the Star Wars piece from last week … Read More

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