Ghost story

Maggie turned her head away and chanted, "You're not real. You're not real. Not real. Not real!" She could feel the cold air in the room and when she glanced back, the form stood over her bed, deathly still and staring down. The thing was perfect. It wore her mother's form and expression. The same... Continue Reading →

Unpack

A friend of mine suggested an exercise. The idea is to take a setup, main characters and a statement and unpack the scene. Rather than telling the reader how a character is feeling, convey their feelings by unpacking the scene. Example: Kevin hated Nick. Brothers, told from Kevin's point of view.  Kevin leaned against the... Continue Reading →

Insomnia

I fell asleep at 5am or thereabouts last night, or, this morning, if you want to be specific. My dreams lately have been anxious. There are worries hiding in there that I can remember and talk myself out of when I'm awake, but in my dreams, I behave logically in relation to the situation I'm... Continue Reading →

Happy New Decade

We're now in the 20's. I have a hard time believing that the decade is gone and 20 years have passed since the Millennium. Remember how all Hell was going to break loose at Y2K? Computers were going to melt down across the globe and we were going to be hurled into another dark age.... Continue Reading →

Puzzles

For a few months now, I've had trouble concentrating. It's the drugs. The paracetamol, Tramedol, Paclitaxel, Carboplatin, Domperidome, Ibuprofen, Buscopan, Dexamethasone, Morphine Sulfate and the myriad of unknown drugs I've had coursing through my system for the past three months. Every morning, I wake up groggy and hear "breakfast is here" in a whisper. I... Continue Reading →

Writing: Fantasy vs Reality

I’ve been reading children’s fantasy and teen sci-fi books of late in order to have something to discuss with my 11 year old god-daughter and my teen nieces and nephews. Oddly enough, I’m finding it quite enjoyable. I’ve started “Skulduggery Pleasant” by Derek Landy and it makes me wonder how someone can create a fantasy... Continue Reading →

Writing: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday

I close friend told me that her husband wants a divorce. He told her yesterday, when they were on an outing with their three young children. He said it in front of them. It made me realise that while I’m going through my own hardship and tough time, everyone, everywhere, everyday is dealing with something... Continue Reading →

Writing: 10 things

My brother sent me an amusing gift recently. It looks like a road sign, but on it, there's a silhouette of a record on a turntable and four zombies surrounding it. The sign reads, "In case of Zombie Apocalypse, Please save my records". It got me to thinking, if there were only 10 things I... Continue Reading →

Writing: I, they, you

There are several ways to tell the same story. Point of view is all important in providing the reader with information from one or multiple perspectives. I have had a tendancy to write from the 1st person perspective because it comes naturally, but it has its limitations. I can’t communicate with the reader the thoughts... Continue Reading →

Writing: Family

Most people will say that they have the best family in the world. That, if true, is a comforting thought. The idea that everyone everywhere loves their family is something to warm the spirit. However, that is not really true in all cases. I have close friends that are on bad terms with members of... Continue Reading →

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