Horror, Short Stories

A Drain on the Neighborhood: A Short Story

  My Dearest Friend, Phillipe, I hope this letter finds you in good health, you old egg. I myself have been under siege of late. But of course, that is what happens when you are forged from a different mold, as are you and I. The feeble-minded still inherit the earth, and they try to… Continue reading A Drain on the Neighborhood: A Short Story

Writing Techniques

Flavors of Fantasy: List of Fantasy Subgenres

Fantasy is about making the impossible possible, and even commonplace, in a world that doesn't live by our rules. It is the ultimate escapism genre. But fantasy is a large genre. If you're writing or planning to write a fantasy novel, and you plan to submit to publishers, they're going to want to know where… Continue reading Flavors of Fantasy: List of Fantasy Subgenres

Fantasy, Order of Perseus Series, Short Stories

Caged Lightning: A Short Story

  Taiyō scooted in his rickety chair to let the hulking troll woman squeeze by on her way to the golden bar top. Her round, gray face and bulbous nose reflected in the long mirror behind the bar. Taiyō leaned his chair back on two legs, black boots crossed in front of him, and studied… Continue reading Caged Lightning: A Short Story

The Rebel Writer Series, Writing Techniques

How To Head Jump: Properly Implementing Multiple Characters’ Thoughts in Stories

  "Don't head jump" is a command that gets thrown around a lot of Creative Writing 101 classes. It essentially means, don't allow your reader to view the thoughts and feelings of more than one character in your story, at least not in the same chapter. When characters are talking to each other, you don't… Continue reading How To Head Jump: Properly Implementing Multiple Characters’ Thoughts in Stories

Horror, Mystery, Short Stories

We Are But Echoes: A Short Story

  The primary choice of transportation entertainment for most malls is a choo-choo train. The Riverbend Galleria had a trolley. Bright red. Green roof. Thin black track embedded in the marble tile floor. Riverbend Galleria painted on the side in yellow. It didn’t chugga-chugga; it clicked like a card threaded through bicycle spokes. It didn’t… Continue reading We Are But Echoes: A Short Story

Fantasy, Order of Perseus Series, Short Stories

Specimen: Unknown — A Short Story

Scarlett edged further down the roof on her belly, dark blue cloak drawn over her head. The police circled the body like buzzards with fresh carrion. Scarlett felt sick to her stomach. She had been so close this time. A glimpse of a dark cape, clawed hands, strange four-toed footprints. She’d only lost the trail… Continue reading Specimen: Unknown — A Short Story

Book Analysis, Critical Analysis

Childhood Reflection: Examining Perspective in “To Kill a Mockingbird”

  When I jump into writing a new novel or short story, I always begin with character profiles. I typically have the vaguest sense of what the plot will entail, and then craft the characters who will drive that plot and make its trajectory more concrete in my mind. But one thing I often forget… Continue reading Childhood Reflection: Examining Perspective in “To Kill a Mockingbird”

The Rebel Writer Series, Writing Techniques

Tell, Don’t Show: Properly Implementing Exposition

Over and over again, new writers are told, "Show, don't tell." It's great advice because all too often, new writers clog up the action of their story with summaries of places, events, and character relationships rather than properly immersing readers in the moment. I was given this advice as a fledgling writer, and I've written… Continue reading Tell, Don’t Show: Properly Implementing Exposition