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Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Random Facts, Trivia and Weirdness, Thoughts on Writing | 0 comments

L is for Love and Lust

Endless loveAh…love and lust, arguably the only motivations books and movies need to create a plot and drive it along to its conclusion. Actually, the same could be said about life as well.

To the surprise of people who know me in the really real world and have read any of my works, I don’t shy away from either in my writing. In fact, doing so would probably destroy the plot. Seriously, think of any book or movie that fell flat for you…What was it missing?

Before we get too far into this, I should clarify that the love part of the equation doesn’t always have to be romantic love. Sometimes, it’s love of power or money. Love of self. Love of secrets.

Really, if characters would just love their vices or their virtues a little more fiercely, there would be fewer movies and books that make me feel like I’ve just wasted however many hours of my life on.

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Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Random Facts, Trivia and Weirdness, Thoughts on Writing | 4 comments

K is for Kismet

kismet + raggedKismet. It’s just fun to say, isn’t it? Kismet.

Even if I didn’t like the way it looked or sounded, I would still be a fan of kismet because I like it’s meaning. Basically, it’s another word for fate or destiny. While I’m no fan of luck, I don’t particularly like the words fate or destiny either. There’s something very heavy-handed about them to me. Kismet seems lighter, even if it has the same “meant to be” connotations.

So let’s talk about my good pal kismet, shall we?

photo by: Rob React
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Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Thoughts on Writing | 4 comments

J is for Jackson Caldwell

Suit Up! (286/365)If you’ve already read Agents of Deceit, or you’ve heard me talking about it at some point, you know that Jackson Caldwell is the main character. I have to say, he’s been a fun guy to write.

Ooh…how sad would it be if I came on here and told you I hated my main character? That would be a bit awkward.

Anyway. Today, I thought it would be fun to give you a little bit of insight into what makes this character tick and some inside info on what you may be able to expect from him as the series progresses.

photo by: andrewrennie
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Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Thoughts on Writing | 0 comments

I is for Inspiration

Day 204Inspiration is one of the most important tools in the author’s toolbox. Without it, we’re really just scribbling nonsensical words on the page. Without inspiration, books, poems, blog posts and even essays for school just don’t happen.

I’ve been fortunate in that I’m not one of those writers who talks about only having one story in them to tell. I could probably write novels full-time for the next 20 years and still not run out of crazy ideas to spin into plots. I’m a big fan of my muse most days for giving this seemingly never-ending supply of inspiration.

Unfortunately, the well’s run dry today. I have zero inspiration to write about inspiration today.

photo by: pasukaru76
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Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Thoughts on Writing | 4 comments

H is for Hidden Identities

A Prism of Shadows: Self-portrait in Front of A Brick WallAh-ha! Little did she know that the man who saved her life during the ferris wheel accident was secretly her long-lost twin brother who set up the accident to steal her inheritance!

Oh…wait…no. I write books, not soap opera scripts.

But even still, I love a good hidden identity in books. I especially love it when I, as the reader, get to know their true identity loads of pages before the main characters do. Doesn’t take much to make me feel special, I suppose.

Anyway, hidden identities are sort of an ongoing theme in the Undercover Series. Let’s explore that, shall we?

photo by: DerrickT
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