Category fear

Writing And Torture

Behold the art of torture.  Pain, discomfort and fear are powerful motivators.  Extorting confessions and achieving compliance through coercion is a “tradition” dating back thousands of years, usually in the name of God, King, or Country. Fast forward to the present and the “Bringers of Pain” continue to wage war on innocents, but the motivation […]

Where is My Reset Button?

Ever have one of those weeks when the tiny little CPU inside your skull starts to vibrate from the overload? I swear I smell something burning.  While I uncoil a paperclip and jab the pointy end in my eyeball, let me explain how I got here. Everything demands attention, this very minute.  Do this!  Make that! […]

Perception Is A Bitch

Perception is a fickle bitch. We “see” the world through our own unique filters and experiences.  That little Stay-Puff Marshmallow between your ears contains some amazing circuitry, capable of firing off millions of messages to our central nervous system.  We are hard wired to identify a potential threat and react – fight, or flight. Who […]

I’m a Prepper, He’s a Prepper, Wouldn’t You Like to be a Prepper Too?

The world is falling apart at the seams. Wars, famine, global warming and now, the fricken ebola virus threatens our existence as a species. Change the channel and your’ll find another crisis; Ukraine, Gaza, or a Fukishima reactor meltdown. Even our “fun” television shows and movies warn us of a dystopian future full of Sharknados and Walking […]

A Voice on Editing and Ego

Editing a manuscript is one thing you cannot shortcut.  The process is direct, personal and, if you’re not ready for it, editing will rip the flesh from your bones, leaving you and your story a quivering mass of gelatin. Like most things in life, I’ve learned this the hard way.  You’ve finished a draft of your […]

How To Tell If You’re Burning The Candle At Both Ends

Sometimes, the word fairy takes vacation.   When the fickle little trollop leaves me, she never gives the courtesy of a two-week notice.  Here one minute – then poof!  Gone.  It must be a Fairy Union thing, another example of collective bargaining processes gone wild. I pressed on.  Mind you, this isn’t an issue of simply […]

A Voice on Finishing What You’ve Started

Have you ever had that moment? That moment when you finish your novel and a dark creeping dread taps you on the shoulder? And all the joy evaporates… I have.  Almost every single time.  The drafting and writing is done.  This should be a happy time – this should be a happy dance time. But, no. […]

How To Identify A Conspiracy

There is no such thing as paranoia. Your worst fears can come true at any moment. Hunter S. Thompson Who doesn’t love a good conspiracy theory?  Conspiracies have existed since the dawn of time, probably back to the day our hunter-gatherer forefathers led tribal rivals into the tar pits. What is it about a juicy […]

Yard Sale Madness

A terrible disease festers in the suburbs.  There is no known cure and it makes the looming Zombie Apocalypse look like an A Ticket ride at Disneyland.  Okay, I dated myself there with the A Ticket reference.  (Note to readers: Back in the Olden Times, you got a book of tickets when you visited the […]

Reading Goes To The Dogs

Remember back when you were a kid?  I mean way back, when you were just a little nipper, in school learning to read. I recall my first or second grade teacher, Mrs. SomethingOrAnother (see how much of an impact she made) scratching what could have been Cyrillic letters on the blackboard.  Through a dense cloud […]