Posts Tagged ‘writing’

One of the things a lot writers have to do is jump outside the known, into the stark cold reality of “making shit up” and not just making it, making it up and making it sound good. If you’ve never left the southern tip of Miami, or live on a beach in Panama, you probably […]

The boffins at Amazon have pulled together six new web series they want folks to rate. Your cat could make your baby blind. Chromosome segregation is something we can all embrace, especially since cancer cases have a 90% prevalence when it breaks down. There may just be a habitable planet orbiting Tau Ceti. If there […]

There are several truths about American politics that make for interesting fiction fodder. The construction of the two parties of the day are one of them. Currently, both parties are in ebbs of extremism. Historically, this doesn’t continue for too long before the party that is more palatable in their extremity, usually thanks to the […]

Battlefield maps aren’t really difficult to come by, but getting one map with absolute brain breaking loads of the them from a source known for quality? Just about unheard of. Click here and drool. One of the fascinating differences between introverts, like say Charles Darwin or Albert Einstein on one hand and extroverts such as […]

Once upon a time, in a book far away the hero was not the cuddliest man for miles. It sounds like fiction, and in a way it is. Fiction reflects its¬†germinative society. In fact it not only reflects that society, it is by necessity and evolution a symbiote of that society. Neither can endure healthily […]

People think differently. Because of this they behave differently. Every so often I’m reminded how differently people behave. They behave differently because theythink differently. The behavior follows the thinking and is as closely linked as light source and shadow length. Some people don’t get this. For some the entire concept is invalid. For others they […]

You have to wonder sometimes how some impressive speeches get left out of public discourse. Is Johnson as charismatic as Kennedy or King? Probably not, but sometimes a simple approach to things that comes across cleanly is just as strong.

As a geek, I read a lot. Most of it I understand, some of it I enjoy, but often it is just horribly written. So while discussing things with the dynamic Kate Paulk as we lamented not being at either of the big cons, I came up with an idea that would probably solve a […]

Repetitive Writing Is Bad

Posted: 29th November 2011 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Nope. Not talking about writers who use the same phrases or names half a hundred times. Something I read yesterday got me thinking. I’m talking about prolific writers who write in the same series or universe over and over, and over, and over again for years. Two or three of the writers I’m thinking of […]

These are some of the posts that will make a passable introduction to what I think, what I like, and what I’ve seen.   The Essential Why, a June 09 post on what it takes to draw people in . Prologue Sin #2 (which was the first of the prologue sin posts I’ve written, ya […]

Missing Elements

Posted: 30th August 2011 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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One of the things I’m always looking at in fiction is what’s missing. Sometimes its only bad things that are absent.¬† This is a very rare occurrence.¬† Sometimes there are non-essential elements left out and this is a more common thing. Often leaving things out like the exact diagnosis of a non point of view […]

Important Words: Thank you to all the American military forces past, present and future. The Waste of Bits: Two words I like, Rife Panche

So I’ve been on a YA kick again…

Posted: 21st April 2011 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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I’m not sure who to blame for that, I think I might have read six YA books from 11-20, and at a guess all were for school. But anyway, I’ve been reading some published and better known YA and like any other market it has its good and good toilet paper entries. Coincidentally I ran across an […]

My war

Posted: 1st April 2011 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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One of the biggest areas of failure for a lot of writers is failure to grow their craft. I don’t make money as a novelist (and don’t think I could) but my writing is still important. Most writers have at least two things they are contantly fighting against to keep their writing at their highest […]

A big loss

Posted: 27th March 2011 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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I just discovered Diana Wynne Jones has passed away. She’s one of those writers. The ones who deserve to be mentioned along side Bradbury, Asimov, Heinlein and the rest. She wrote for all ages of people, and possibly for all ages of time.No aspect of her writing was anything other than spot on. Her family relationships, […]

Thanks Stacey.

character development tool

Posted: 15th June 2010 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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One of the more interesting writing tricks I’ve heard of is having a character write a letter on a specific topic to get a feel for how their head works. Below is the letter for a character to recommend someone for a fire arms permit. You have 11 minutes to write and post a message […]

The names have been changed to protect well, no one It was just fun to do. I thought after the delightful weekend battle of the titans, that the publishing industry could use a slightly more amusing bit of nonsense to talk about. Friend: You deal with writers, right? Me: Yes. Me: Why? Friend: Interested… Me: […]

So which part is hardest?

Posted: 6th August 2009 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Which part of writing the book do you as a writer dislike most? I’ve heard some writers say they can’t stand the middle of the book for all it’s complexities and the balancing that needs to be done. I’ve heard others lament the early going as they try and set the avalanche in motion. Still […]

This video reminded me of some of the stories I’ve seen that have rather sharply juxtaposed elements, some working well, some working horribly most working for only a very small slice of the market. I suspect this video falls into one of the latter to categories. Thanks Mel See more funny videos and funny pictures […]