Sunday, June 30, 2013

Book Review: The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories

When I picked this book up, I knew absolutely nothing about it. It was in a stack of books that I was trying to decide between reading, and I flipped through it to read passages. I was impressed by the language of the book, so I gave it a shot. I was not disappointed!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Why Smooth Jazz Is Worse Than The Plague

Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Vince Guaraldi-these guys were masters of their instruments. They could take a trumpet, saxophone, or piano and create sounds that no one had ever heard before. They took musical conventions and turned them on their heads.These guys were so unorthodox that their music was the rock n' roll of their day. During the early part of the century, jazz was not only considered rebellious; it was dangerous.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Writing School In A Can: The Routine

See? A writing post! Told you I wouldn't abandon them.

Anyway, we have covered the basics of getting your story together. You've got an interesting plot which involves characters that other people would want to read about. You've got some scenes kind of sketched out, little snips or dialogue, and notes that you've scribbled on a pad or stored in your phone. Great! Now, it's time to write.

I'll Have the Ignorance Special With a Side of Hatred

I've decided to switch things up a bit here at the blog. While "writing school in a can" is interesting, there are about a million places online to get that information. I thought I'd focus more on my views and things from here on out. Don't worry, I'll still include posts about writing. I hope that you find this more entertaining, though. Now, on to the post!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

"It's About the Characters, Stupid"

So, you've got this great idea for a story. There's a crazy set of events that's going to happen, that's going to make readers laugh, cry, and close the book with a huge smile on their faces. That's great, but who does this plot happen to?

Sunday, June 9, 2013


What is the first step at becoming an author? Developing a story idea, of course. You may already have one in mind. You may just have an urge to write, but don't know what. All you need is a little inspiration. 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

How I Became An Author

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of self publishing, I thought I'd let you in on why I got started in the first place.

I grew up writing short stories and things as a child. I had crayon drawn booklets for years before I graduated to writing on lined paper. Eventually, I even managed to type some stuff out on an old typewriter- one page at a time. Of course, things were a lot easier when I got my first computer. However, I never really considered myself a true writer for a long time. It was just something I did as a hobby.