Trying is hard

Some of my feedback has mentioned that I’m using some hard words in my first chapter. (Proscription, mein, geis, for example). As a reader, how do you feel about uncommon words? Is it distracting and annoying, or do you like them? Indifferent? Depends?

Reviewfuse crit website

I’ve been doing critiques of some writing on Review Fuse. You do four reviews and get three in return (or, if you pay to join, you get 3 reviews for doing two). The reviews break down the components into individually ranked topics- like dialog, mechanics, plot, characters, etc. You get a star rating and there …

Wise Man’s Fear

Listening to “Wise Man’s Fear” by Patrick Rothfuss. I’m a astonished by the depth of his world building. It’s truly amazing. My story feels threadbare and limp beside his. On the other hand, characters that can do *everything* they try perfectly are kinda annoying. And while I’m enjoying the books, they are way longer than …

Winterizing

We’re starting to accumulate a tidy pile of cold weather gear. I just tried out slip-on studded tires for my feet, and walking the dogs just became about 75% less scary. Tomorrow, I should have in hand The Parka of Doom, and then it’ll be all “Get thee behind me Winter” or maybe “Winter is …

Look at the teeth, man!

Edmonton is overrun with magpies and rabbits. These are not Mr. McGregor’s bunnies or those tiny, happy birds that steal tinsel. These are the Crips and Bloods of the North. The Jackrabbits that lure innocent dogs into seedy alleys and thumper their heads in with tire iron feet. Magpies that will steal the pennies from …