“Writing, basically breaks down to relationships between people and that is what you write about.”~Leon Uris American novelist, short story writer and poet Leon Uris was born on this day in 1924.
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
“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.”~Herman Melville American novelist, short story writer, and poet Herman Melville was born on this day in 1819.
When I read a mystery novel, I expect to find some aspects during the story. A valuable item will go missing, some puzzle must be solved, or a body will turn up. The same holds true when I read a drama, romance, or fantasy novel. Each form has its own structure, and readers of those … Continue reading DIY MFA: What Makes a Plot?
“Honest people don't hide their deeds.”~Emily Brontë English novelist and poet Emily Brontë was born on this day in 1818.
On this day in 1868, Secretary of State William H. Seward issued an official proclamation that certified adoption of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. This Constitutional amendment gave the former African-American slaves U.S. citizenship, thereby overturning the Dred Scott decision. It also granted due process under the law.
“There is no winning or losing, but rather the value is in the experience of imagining yourself as a character in whatever genre you're involved in, whether it's a fantasy game, the Wild West, secret agents or whatever else. You get to sort of vicariously experience those things.”~Gary Gygax American game designer Gary Gygax was … Continue reading Random Quote for July 27, 2020
(C) 2020, JJ Shaun Looking back on my blog, I realize that my Sunday posts frequently regurgitate what I wrote earlier in the week. First Reader has pointed this out to me on more than one occasion. This observation has given me plenty of food for thought. As I ruminated on the issue, I made … Continue reading Watch This Space
“Science fiction is essentially a kind of fiction in which people learn more about how to live in the real world, visiting imaginary worlds unlike our own in order to investigate, by way of pleasurable thought-experiments, how things might be done differently.”~Brian Stableford British science fiction writer Brian Stableford was born on this day in … Continue reading Random Quote for July 25, 2020
(C) 2020, JJ Shaun I started writing my fiction right after I returned from a deployment filled with underway watch rotations and Dungeons & Dragons when not on duty. If you have ever played tabletop (pen-and-paper) D&D, you know that progress can be glacial. Six months of playing doesn’t always amount to much character development. … Continue reading DIY MFA: Plotting for the Pantser