El Sendero: Saying No To Your Characters

Tue 25 Dec
Soooo while writing today I did something totally against my nature as a writer: I went back and edited a scene I'd written the day before. IN FACT I literally just blogged about how I don't do that. What I do is steam power through first drafts, chop chop chop and mark down any changes I know will... more

Salsa Nocturna Review, Interview and Top Books of 2012 Listing

Fri 21 Dec
 
My first short story collection, Salsa Nocturna, showed up on this most excellent list of Best Books of 2012: http://www.mybookishways.com/2012/12/mbw-best-books-of-2012-giveaway.html#comment-46505 My Bookish Ways also reviewed Salsa Nocturna earlier this year and did an interview with... more

El Sendero: Morning Pages and For the First Time, Cuba

Thu 20 Dec
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It's still dark out. The tops of buildings on my block are silhouettes against the beginning of daybreak. A few lights come on; everything is so quiet. I've used this still-pretty-new blog to unload a bunch of heady thoughts so far - not sure anyone's visited except the pornographers and... more

Endings 6: Something Has Changed

Thu 20 Dec
 
This is part one of an ongoing series of posts on elements that make endings work. The intro is here. 6. Something has changed This element is a reinforcement of the general rule that no story should be just a day in the life. Specifically as it relates to ending though: The word climax... more

Endings 4 & 5: Suspense And Inevitability

Fri 30 Nov
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This is part one of an ongoing series of posts on elements that make endings work. The intro is here. Epic massive #SpoilerAlert: The whole last paragraph (but only the last paragraph) basically tells the whole ending of The Hunger Games (Just book 1). You been warned.     4. It... more

Endings 3: Promise Fulfilled

Mon 26 Nov
 
This is part one of an ongoing series of posts on elements that make endings work. The intro is here. 3. The Ending Is A Fulfillment of the Promise Made at the Beginning   In Beginnings, Middles And Endings, Nancy Kress describes the beginning as a promise. Implicit within the prose,... more

Endings 2: A Gathering Of Forces

Mon 12 Nov
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This is part one of an ongoing series of posts on elements that make endings work. The intro is here. 2. A Gathering Of Forces An ending is a culmination. At its most ethereal, this could mean the various emotional motifs through the book gather to explode and reveal some revelation.... more

Endings 1: The Stakes

Sun 21 Oct
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This is part one of an ongoing series of posts on elements that make endings work. The intro is here. Today's #SpoilerAlert is for The English Patient. Enjoy! Stakes Are High The corollary to this is We Care About The Charactersbecause without that, the stakes will never truly feel high,... more

Endings: An Intro

Wed 17 Oct
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I'll be posting a series of thoughts on what makes endings great. This is the introductory one. of course, any blog about endings is gonna  be one long damn spoiler alert, so I'll mark what sources I'm about to smash the excitement out of before each post. #SpoilerAlert: The last two Harry... more

The Salsa Nocturna Epigraph

Sun 14 Oct
 
The first edition of Salsa Nocturna went to press before we had a chance to uh...clear all the copyright hurdles to get this in here, but the new edition has it. It's from the song Magdalena and Krys listen to during their soiree in the props closet and the epigraph for the... more