Monthly Archives: June 2011

Writer’s block

Strangest request ever (so far). A friend called me and asked if I could help an author friend of hers. This author lady hit writer’s block and hopes I can help her through that. Oy. I thought up a few things and sent them to her. She said they actually seem to work! I’m going to list here what I… (more…)

Book review – The Magicians Guild Book 1

Title: The Magicians Guild – Black Magician (Book 1) Author: Trudy Canavan Genre: Fantasy Rating:  This book was a nice read. The idea in it was nicely worked out, the magicians complied reasonably with the stereotype but in a nice way. The characters are well defined and they grow in the story.

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Being an author is having angels whisper in your ear – and devils too. – Graycie Harmon

How Hilda the Wicked Witch was “born”

Back in 2009 I often wrote stories together with a number of writer-friends. We competed in Nanowrimo and had a lot of fun. One day, someone had the idea not to wait for November, but to start our own little competition, writing 20,000 words in 2 weeks. Of course, we all were game and so decided to do it. Which brought… (more…)

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One day I was speeding along at the typewriter, and my daughter — who was a child at the time — asked me, “Daddy, why are you writing so fast?” And I replied, “Because I want to see how the story turns out!” -Louis L’Amour, novelist (1908-1988)

Nanowrimo 2009

Now why would I bring up something ancient like a story from 2009? And you may ask, dear reader, what is a Nanowrimo? Last things first: Nanowrimo is a challenge to write a novel in a month. A novel of at least 50,000 words. This amounts to around 1680 words per day, and more if you slip a day. Think… (more…)

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The absolute truth is the thing that makes people laugh. – Carl Reiner

Ebooks Ltd.

How sad it is that many publishers still think that the world is as limited as they want it to be. Often I find  it it hard to buy a certain e-book. Whenever I see such a message, I shake my head. Does the publishing world not see that they are limiting their own income? They hold the rights to… (more…)

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It is impossible to discourage the real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write. – Sinclair Lewis

Writing prompt: Spare Parts

Sometimes I write a short piece starting from a writing prompt. One of those prompts was “spare parts”. The next short piece is what resulted from that prompt. The ring. Priscilla visited her friend, the gadget-maker. His name was Magdanovitch. Mags, for friends. “Mags, you should clean up here. It still looks like a junk yard here.” Priscilla ran her… (more…)