Eliam Alterian peered into the cave’s mouth, his flashlight beam catching a glint in the darkness. “Check this out, Ela,” he called over his shoulder as his twin hauled herself up onto the rock shelf. Avid rock climbers and spelunkers, Eliam and Elayna loved testing their skill in the Rocky Mountains near the family compound … Continue reading Adventures of the Alterian Family: Prologue
“I find writing very difficult. It's hard and it hurts sometimes, and it's scary because of the fear of failure and the very unpleasant feeling that you may have reached the limit of your abilities.”~Tony Kushner American playwright, author, and screenwriter Tony Kushner was born on this day in 1956. Follow me on Facebook: @jjshaunauthor.
Today’s word comes from the news. Follow me on Facebook: @jjshaunauthor. Today’s Word Part of Speech noun Definition A political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and … Continue reading Wednesday Word for July 15, 2020
(C) 2020, JJ Shaun Most of my ideas are set in some fantasy world or another. One notable exception is a story I wrote in college. The script I had penned for a class stayed with me over the decades. After reading It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis, a story idea began to percolate. … Continue reading When Characters Have More to Say
“All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.”~Sally Ride American astronaut and physicist Sally Ride was born on this day in 1951.
(C) 2020, JJ ShaunDressed for some wind therapy. Our governor downgraded the “Stay at Home” order to “Safer at Home.” Hence, we decided to get a little wind therapy yesterday. It was a perfect day. Not too hot, not too cold, not too windy.Having not ridden since last fall, I expected to have an issue … Continue reading Wind Therapy
(C) 2020, JJ ShaunTalking to my characters. As writers, we frequently stare at a blank page and struggle to find a place to begin our stories. We know what we want to write, we just don’t know where to start. I know I do, and judging by the social media comments, a lot of you … Continue reading Getting to Know Your Characters
Today’s word comes from the news. Follow me on Facebook: @jjshaunauthor. Today’s Word Part of Speech noun Definition Incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority.The crime of saying, writing, or doing something that encourages people to disobey their government.The crime of creating a revolt, disturbance, or violence against lawful civil authority with the … Continue reading Wednesday Word for April 22, 2020
“Religion is part of the human make-up. It's also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health care, believing in faith healing, our first attempt at philosophy."~Christopher Hitchens … Continue reading Random Quote for April 13, 2020
The day started out warm and sunny, a typical August day. Three of us loaded our iron ponies, mounted up, and headed north toward Rapid City, South Dakota. (C) 2014 JJ ShaunLeaving for Sturgis, South Dakota.L to R: First Reader, Best Riding Friend, me. The ride was uneventful until the weather near Torrington, Wyoming, turned … Continue reading Trip of a Lifetime, Part I