The Woolf: Using POV as a Mask

I’m excited to announce I’ve just had another article published in The Woolf, Zürich’s premier English language e-magazine on writing.

Writers are very used to thinking about the various styles of POV as means to deliver information but often ignore their power to hide it. In the Masks edition of The Woolf, I take a deeper look at POV as a tool for mystery and subterfuge. If you’re interested, follow the link below.

MASKS

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Updates

It’s been a while. I thought it would be prudent to jump back into blogging with an update on my writing projects.

The Coals

My first novel had been making the rounds with agents for the first three months of the year. I wasn’t picked up by anyone but I did have some encouraging feedback. I heard from more than one agent that while the premise was intriguing, the intro just didn’t grab their interest. I was left with two decisions.

A. I could stay true to my pure artistic vision.

or

B. I could understand my status as a growing writer and check into their concerns.

I chose B. Lo and behold, my intro did indeed suck. It’s a good reminder that sometimes a writer can be too close to their own work. A little time and a nudge from other sets of eyes can make all the difference. In addition, my genius wife came up with a fix for another minor but nagging problem within the story. That fix combined with new intro chapters and a rewrite of the first third of the novel equated to both a lot more work and what I feel is a much better story. The query letters have begun to flow once more so, here’s hoping.

The Stable (working title)

This is my second novel and I’m currently 40,000 words in. I’m not happy with the foundation I’ve laid for the story so I’m in the midst of a massive revision. I should be moving on with new chapters by the end of next week.

Radio(working title)

Novel three has it’s first chapter written and is in the initial planning stages. I’m on schedule to begin writing in earnest in early September.

The Troll

I have a short story that has been accepted into an anthology. More details on that in the comings weeks and months. What I can report right now is that I’m very excited to be included.

 

There you go. That’s what I’ve been doing. It’s good to be back and keep an eye out for more posts as I get back into the blogging groove.

Crisp New Pages – Episode 10 – The Finale

Entry 43.1.106 – 01/1o/2
Damn it, damn it, damn it, damn it dam oh god no. NO!

 

From now on you will no longer be journaling. It’s over Gerald. Sloppy, messy, dirty.

 

You fool. How could you be such an IDIOT?

 

Despite your planning. Your careful precise planning everything is crumbling around you. It’s crumbling right now.

You can’t fix this. You can’t. You can’t.

The truck dump went as planned. The enclosures, The shackles, the table, mixing equipment, all gone. They were wiped clean of prints. They were sterilized. Just as before. You even remembered to remove serial numbers. Each item was placed in a different location along three different highways in four counties. That part of your plan remained precise Gerald. It worked perfectly. Be proud.

Proud? Shut up, shut up shut up! Why can’t the rest work perfectly? Why? Why couldn’t you see that coming? You’re so close. A stupid mistake a simple stupid mistake. IDIOT! STUPID IDIOT!

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