From Beginning to End

  Every story has a beginning, middle and end. From start to finish it is our responsibility as writers to carry a reader through the journey of our characters and bring them to a satisfying conclusion. While the concept itself sounds easy, the actual execution of that three-part narrative is incredibly difficult. Some of us…

Sunday Side Quest (#8)

  Road Trip! Sorry for the delay on this post. Jei and I made our way northeast to say goodbye to my grandmother in the proper way and attend to family. Of course, it is never fun to go anywhere for a funeral, but the fact that I got to see all of my family…

Love thy Villains

Love and hate are divided by the thinnest line. Perhaps that is why we can love to hate and hate to love the great villains of our favorite stories. So many narcissistic, evil or twisted men and women have drawn us into their snare, only to leave us with that deep appreciation for the well-portrayed…

Stuck in the Mold

One of a kind. Unique. These words describe what we all strive for when it comes to our art. In desperation, we attempt to create something brand new. Along with this deep-seated desire to invent something never seen before, we also fear the dreaded accusation of “copying” someone else’s work. As Jei and I revisited…

SSQ (#7) A Dedication

This past week has been very hard for me and my family. We have had to say goodbye to one of our own. My grandmother passed away on the 1st. I had intended this post to be the usual fun or interesting side story but I have decided instead to dedicate this to a woman…

All Characters Must End

    Death is a tragic and traumatic event in life. It can come in the form of a broken friendship, a broken body or a broken heart. After the finale, you are left with vivid memories and tales of past deeds. While it is heart-wrenching to think of such finality for a character, as…

Three Lessons Learned

Not all imperfections add character to a canvas. Some mistakes are simply tears or unpleasant splotches on an otherwise beautiful piece of art. It is the same with the missteps taken in a rough draft of writing. We attempt to paint a picture with words and sometimes find ourselves bumbling through the paragraphs grasping for…