You may have noticed I've been gone a while. That was due to several factors including illness, a very busy period at work, trying to write more, a vacation and general laziness (not in that order). However, I've since got over my bronchitis, killed my work assignment and had a blast on vacation in St. … Continue reading Public Service Announcement!
* Edit: It appears I got my history a bit wrong. Marlon James is the first Jamaican to win the Man Booker. However, the first Caribbean national to win it appears to have been V.S. Naipaul. It just so happens he was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago! Yesterday I had a great time … Continue reading A Talk And An Award
A bit from a story I'm still working on. Funny thing is, I finished another story with the same character and it got an Honourable Mention in the Writers of the Future Contest last year, but for some reason this story is just not cooperating. It won't tell me how to get to the ending, … Continue reading Tantie, Papa And The Mango Tree On Diego Colony
I'm a bit busy today, so I thought I'd post a tiny excerpt from The Nightward wherein the Lady Gretchen and her Amazores prepare to do battle with an ancient weapon called the Dark. The Amazores waited in the cold. Even the walls above were empty of their presence. Behind Lady Gretchen, the sounds of … Continue reading Excerpt: The Nightward – A Battle Approaches
There's a new paper out that discusses the possibility that there are really four types of introversion. Not only that, but people can have more than one kind of introversion. Not only is it an interesting take for understanding people, it might be relevant when it comes to building out characters past the cliches. It's something worth … Continue reading What Kind of Introvert Are You?
Once again, we've identified a new species of fish that seems to have been created just to give us nightmares. This gorgeous George is apparently a ceratioid anglerfish. That funny looking glow-stick on its head is used to lure fish looking for nightclub to dance the night away into its jaws instead. The diversity of … Continue reading We Live In A Weird And Wonderful Universe
I allowed myself to become completely distracted by "So You Think You Can Dance" so my post is late today. And because I'm being lazy, I've decided to give you a little excerpt from my other Work In Progress. This is from the sequel to LEX TALIONIS, which I'm calling IACTA ALEA EST (The Die … Continue reading Excerpt from LEX TALIONIS Sequel: Iacta Alea Est – Analise Mentions An Old Friend
Another snippet from Viyella's story. In truth, I'm well past these bits, but I don't let myself post unless I've done lots of fresh work. Just keeping myself honest 😉 Hope you like it! He stood and sent out one more thought. Yowls filled the courtyard, punctuated by screams. Seconds later, his cat Farain rounded … Continue reading Excerpt: The Nightward – Farain the Cat
I don't even remember why I clicked on this story. It was in one of my digests simply listed as 'One Heckuva Hike'. Mild curiosity was probably the culprit. But what started off as a beautiful story about the Appalachian Trail ended up going deeper into the human psyche than I ever expected. You can … Continue reading A Story About A Man, A Trail And The Life Before
Was toddling around and found this old article about punctuation marks that are extremely specific, denote all sorts of useful stuff, but aren't in wide use. My favourite parts include: 9. SARCMARK The SarcMark (short for "sarcasm mark") was invented, copyrighted and trademarked by Paul Sak, and while it hasn't seen widespread use, Sak markets … Continue reading Punctuation Love, Or, There’s a Mark For That!