Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds: Writer Resolution, 2020: Write With A Knife To Your Back, The Cliff’s Edge At Your Feet

Chuck Wendig & his Terrible Minds site are a mine of incredible & hilarious tips on becoming a great writer. In addition to being a steward of the craft, Wendig is an awesome writer who has written awesome things, both fiction & writing guides for people like me who have words clawing to get out … Continue reading Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds: Writer Resolution, 2020: Write With A Knife To Your Back, The Cliff’s Edge At Your Feet

Chuck Wendig: On Writing What You Want, Without Permission

If you spend any time here on my blog at all, you'll see Chuck Wendig's influence. Whether it's reviewing one of his books, writing flash fiction based off his challenges at Terrible Minds, or whether it's passing along his knowledge & tips on literary stewardship, Wendig is up there with Stephen King & Neil Gaiman … Continue reading Chuck Wendig: On Writing What You Want, Without Permission

Chuck Wendig: How To Be A Professional Author & Not Die Starving & Screaming In A Lightless Abyss

Chuck Wendig indirectly led to my wanting to move from a career in journalism to one in fiction writing, thanks to StumbleUpon & a little piece of weird on his website. Earlier this morning, I read an article on Medium from Heather Demetrios which should be mandatory reading for any & all writers wanting to … Continue reading Chuck Wendig: How To Be A Professional Author & Not Die Starving & Screaming In A Lightless Abyss

Happy Birthday, Lord of All Evil!

As I often do, I'm taking part in another Chuck Wendig Terrible Minds Flash Fiction Challenge. This one is based on this Tweet from a Twitter account that does nothing but throw out insane writing prompts. We're about to see how pure evil celebrates a birthday. And no, it's not political. But this one is. … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Lord of All Evil!

Inauguration Day Brought to You By Burt’s Bees

(Washington D.C., January 21, 2017)   January 23, 2017, 1637 Hours Looking back, it's hard to figure out why we didn't suspect the bees in the first place. The scientists kept telling us they were mysteriously disappearing, that something man-made was killing them off. We were bombarded with data saying if the bees disappeared, it … Continue reading Inauguration Day Brought to You By Burt’s Bees

Grandma Shirley

Another Chuck Wendig Flash Fiction Challenge via his amazing blog at Terrible Minds. Here's the deets on the piece. You can see which of the five seeds I went with. It's not the best piece I've ever written, but it's the first bit of fiction I've done in awhile. Enjoy. ----------- “Where is it?” “Huh?” … Continue reading Grandma Shirley

A Tale of a Racist Fish

(This is what happens when you Google "Racist Fish.")   Another one of those great Chuck Wendig flash fiction challenges over at Terrible Minds. Last week, the challenge was to write a very simple but very powerful single sentence. This week, the challenge was to pick one of those sentences and create a story around … Continue reading A Tale of a Racist Fish