Depending on the hour, Twitter for writers (#WritingCommunity, #WritersCafe, etc.) is either really helpful or a 50,000-car pileup of book promos and follow-back lists. Personal and professional news, writing prompts (e.g., #vss365, wherein a moderator posts a word of the day for participants to use in very short stories; @paul_grealish is among my favorites in this category), and industry tidbits, too. Enough rabbit holes […]
One week until Halloween so here’s my one and only, firsthand ghost story. I’ll park several caveats up front: I don’t believe in ghosts but I’ll allow there are many things I do not understand and/or have perceived so incompletely that they can seem otherworldly. This story concerns an event I simply cannot adequately explain and so I’ll call it a ghost story. Take it as […]
The older I get, the more I know that I know less than I previously imagined. One thing I love about writing historical fiction, then, is the opportunity to research historical events and personalities that weren’t covered in my K-college history classes.
My new novel, Widowmaker, is set in the first decade of the 20th century—an era that, save for the Wright Brothers (their hometown paper […]
As infrequently as I update this poor thing, I’m not sure I can call it a blog anymore. Some Words or Intermittent Opinions, perhaps… I blame June’s lack of productivity on a trip to Costa Rica, but all the weeks and months since are on me. With a work in progress (a WIP to the cool kids), I figured my time was better spent editing […]
I fully plan to kill myself–big qualifier–if I am ever afflicted with Alzheimer’s. For a little longer than a decade, I watched what it did to my father and I have no interest whatsoever in letting it do the same to me.
This morning I read a review of British neuroscientist Jospeh Jebelli’s book In Pursuit of Memory, about his research into Alzheimer’s plus reflections on his own grandfather’s […]
Happy Cinco de Mayo, when many Americans commemorate the Mexican Republic’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Puebla) by getting blackout drunk. Viva la hangover.
My father was an engineering geologist. I grew up learning about landforms and rocks and how (over a VERY long time) they change, so I find these things interesting in ways that others may not. And it isn’t […]
Very little writing (okay, zero) over the weekend, so the goal is 1-3K words today. Accordingly, this will be a lazy, photo-heavy post so I can quickly get to work.
Snowed most of last Friday and Saturday, leaving about 6″-8″ of very wet, heavy snow on our neighborhood. I’ve lived in Colorado nearly all my life so I know the drill: any warm weather before Mother’s Day is […]
Well into writing the followup to Widowmaker now–25K words–including a thousand more added this morning. Is it Fran Liebowitz..? Wait, three-second Internet search… yes–, it’s Fran Liebowitz who said ‘I write so slowly, I could write with my own blood and not hurt myself.’ Same here, and me without the discipline that comes with a long career as a writer. I’d dearly love to be […]
First ten queries out the door, one immediate reply (A mutual friend in the publishing industry recommended I query an agent who isn’t taking new clients, and she kindly replied that she’s forwarding my MS to another agent who might…).
Querying is always a fraught process. Unless the agent has an e-form on their website (and a few still accept old-school paper submissions), the format is […]
(This article originally appeared in 2016 as a guest-blog on author Lincoln Farrish’s Farrish’s Freehold website. Dated items have either been updated or excised.)
WIDOWMAKER is the first book in a semi-noir series following Shepherd Sunday, a war-scarred veteran of the Boxer Rebellion and Philippine War, and chief of security for the Eastern Nevada Mine Owners’ Association.
It is 1907—an era […]