The Best Laid Plans

Two months into the year and I’m already lagging behind. I knew my to-do list might have been too ambitious… January An awesome month toiling away at blog entries, getting the email list up and running, writing that flash fiction I posted! Whew!...

Master the Art of Villainy With These 10 Tips

Villainy Who’s your favorite bad guy? Do you love to hate Darth Vader (or Anakin Skywalker?) Does Heath Ledger’s Joker strike fear into your heart? Or are you more attuned to the Borg Collective? All three (four?) have their strengths and weaknesses....

First Pages in 9 Easy Steps

First pages are important. No one can doubt that. Whether you’re an independent publisher or are sending your manuscript to a mainstream market that receives hundreds of submissions a week, that first page will make or break your success! There are so many ways...

Don’t Hold Back Your Setting

Many people love character-driven stories. Some prefer plot-driven stories. Not many people think about scene-driven stories. (Author scratches head. Do they even exist? What an odd tale that would be to read, huh?) In any case, setting is vitally important, as much...

Writing 2014

or “What’s in the Works at Chez Redhawk, the Sequel” I checked my blog for last January on this topic. Considering I’ve blogged before about setting goals, I was pretty pleased that I’d kept to most of mine. As you can see, I had one...

Darkstone

A couple of months ago I sent out a survey to ask what you wanted to see on my website. Though I haven’t gotten many responses, I did receive a number that specified one thing I’ve been lacking the last few years. Discussing my works in progress. I’m...

Excerpt Anew – Lichii Ba’Cho

And another excerpt of my upcoming novel, Lichii Ba’Cho Here’s my second protagonist, Samantha Elias. Chapter Eleven Back at camp, the fire crackled with cheer. Remy squatted beside it, heating the last of the purified water for tea. Shake sat astride his motorcycle,...

Why Failure Will Change Your Life

Failure Let’s face it…nobody likes to fail. Ever.   (Cue massive temper tantrum.)   Unfortunately, failure is a fact of life, one that’s sadly unavoidable. What we do about failure is something else entirely. Like everyone else out there,...

5 Favorite World Building Websites

It’s that time of the month again! Here’s my entry for the Forward Motion Merry-Go-Round blog tour! This month’s topic is about my favorite…something. (Author scratches head.) What to write? Um…okay. Okay! I know! World Building World building. The...