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Initially I was going to entitle this piece ‘The Wandering Mind of the Writer’.  The reason being that very often story ideas come to me when I least expect them, when my thoughts have no specific purpose, when they are ‘free range’.  However, I decided to change wandering to wondering.  I’ll tell you why.

I can’t speak for my colleagues, but this writer’s mind uses two types of wonder to process the world around me. The first form of wonder is the amazement I see and record in my brain.  The second type is when I wonder ‘what if’ when I contemplate a science fiction or horror story.  Both types are filed away in my cerebral cortex until, sometimes quite unexpectedly; these thoughts come together in a story.  Those are the fun moments.  Then the real work begins, putting those thoughts into words.

The reason I want to share this is that my blog is a writer’s blog, yet sometimes the subject matter may seem ‘off topic’.  But for a writer taking in the world of wonder surrounding him, is there really an ‘off topic’?

All that I see and experience is stored away in the depths of my mind.  Then, when the time is right, make their way in odd combinations to the surface and from there to the tip of my pen.

I suppose when I cease wondering the writing will also cease.

January 22, 2014 at 5:22 pm Leave a comment


As promised, here is more information on a website for both readers and writers, Goodreads.
For readers, this site offers a chance to post reviews of books you have read and also to check what other readers think about a book you are interested in reading. There are numerous groups and book clubs you can join where you can share your interest a host of genres and topics. Also, authors offer free copies of their work on this site.
For authors, Goodreads provides a means to gain exposure for your work. You can offer free print or eBook copies or make available a portion of your eBook. You can also have your blog entries posted automatically on this site. It is definitely worth a look to see what they offer to authors.
Best of all, IT’S FREE.
Here’s a link.

October 11, 2013 at 7:02 pm 1 comment


I don’t know about other writers, but when I read work by a successful author, especially one writing in my chosen genre, I have a desire to mimic the voice of that writer. After all, their voice has worked where mine is less than well-known. However, I resist temptation and, for better or for worse, adhere to my own style, my own writing voice.
What determines a writer’s voice?
Perhaps the most important element is the writer’s life, his experiences along that bumpy road to his vocation and hopefully his avocation. Certainly his age is a determining factor. I began my writing career at an advanced age, some would say almost elderly. And as I stumbled down my own road, I was molded by what I experienced. I sometimes wonder what words I would have produced had I begun writing at an earlier age and how my writing would have developed as I aged.
I feel another determinate of a writer’s voice is the genre you choose to work in. I write science fiction and horror. Science fiction is terse, detail oriented with the story and plot more important than character development. Horror leaves more room for character development but also depends heavily on atmosphere and a host of nonhuman characters. Horror tends to be more ‘wordy’ than science fiction.
These are my opinions on what goes into developing a writer’s voice. For you writers out there, am I on target or completely off the mark?
Someday, time permitting; I may try to stretch my voice into other genres.

September 18, 2013 at 6:59 pm Leave a comment


The following is my observation of the writer to be constantly aware of the world he or she occupies. I do a great deal of reading, both fiction and nonfiction, and as I read find a great deal of depth some authors give, to their characters in the case of fiction or the events they are recording in the case of nonfiction, by asides that bring to their writing, details which enliven their work, springing from the well of their life’s experiences. These details are born from a life spent closely observing their world. Only from my limited experience as an author do I speak of the importance of a keen sense of observation necessary to enhance your stories, bring life to your characters, to add dimension to their experiences.
To those experience authors who may stumble across this blog, I am perhaps stating the obvious, the power of observation and the ability to file those observations away. Then as a character is being developed, you go back to that well of memories to breathe life into that being of your imagination.
Can this strong power to observe be taught?
When an individual decides to become a writer, if he hasn’t already spent his life in absorbing the world around can he suddenly begin?
Are writers born or created?

September 6, 2013 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment


I thought I’d share this interview with you, my loyal readers.

My interview is at the end of the article.

October 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment


This was an assignment for my writers group.




I think the ‘writing funk’ depends on the individual. Writing is a difficult profession. To constantly write takes a high level of dedication and fortitude.
So what is ‘the writing funk’? It could be the lack of ideas or the daily grind of life, or a combination of both. It could also result from having too many ideas and not enough time to see them through. I suffer from the latter.
I write science fiction and horror stories. My sick mind provides the horror; however, science fiction ideas come from another source. I constantly search newspapers and online science websites for anything that may speak to my imagination. When I come across something interesting, I print it out and store it in a folder marked, ‘future stories’. Periodically, I will go through this folder and group articles with a common theme that may build a story that speaks to my imagination. From there, I go to a notebook entitled, ‘future stories’, where I keep the articles and any of my first impressions and thoughts. This way, I am never at a loss for material for a story.
Also, whatever I’m going to write, whether it is a short story or a novel, I constantly think about it before I put pencil to paper. That’s right, all my initial drafts are written out in longhand.
Now for the process that goes into building a novel. At this point, I have written three novels. One of which will be published early next year.
When writing a novel, I start with an outline which is dynamic. I record this initial outline in a steno pad which I keep with me until the novel is completed. I constantly rewrite the outline with new ideas and changes to the plot, constantly adding details as the writing progresses. At times, I can hear the characters talking. I add those conversations to the pad and sometimes they eventually make it into the novel.
I can honestly say, in the ten years I have been writing – two fulltime, that I have never felt a funk for lack of material. Rather, when I’m in a ‘funk’, it’s for lack of time.

June 22, 2010 at 7:51 pm Leave a comment


My reluctant reader(s).
I am including a link to my work published in Bewildering Stories. Most of the stories have already appeared in this blog, however, include now is a novella and poem. Part of this novella was published in China, much to my surprise.


March 7, 2010 at 5:46 pm Leave a comment

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