Stories within a story

My second Story Cubes Challenge entry is done, pending Kyrie reviewing it. I have a sneaking suspicion she’s going to want me to tweak the ending — and I’m kind of hoping she’s got a suggestion, because all I can see is that it isn’t working as well as it could. If it didn’t have to be up by Saturday, I’d set it aside for a few days, but the structure of the challenge… But I’m also curious to see her reaction — and yours, once I post it — because I switched approaches partway through the story. The POV …

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E-books, indie publishing and the future

I’ve run across a whole string of articles about e-books and indie publishing in the past day or so, and it seems like publishing is seeing the same trend as journalism — digital is starting to supplant print, and people going it on their own are becoming a legitimate alternative to the big firms in the industry. With obviously, in both cases, an entire spectrum in between. In journalism, it means some bloggers are becoming brands that attract enough readers that they become a go-to news source for people in a specific field. In publishing, so-called indie authors, who publish …

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Story Cubes – Week 2 update

When I first started this challenge, I figured I’d write between 500 and 1,000 words for each week. Well, Week 2 is at 2,000 words and counting. It’s been a fun story to tell in some ways, a chance to dig into a character who plays a key role in the series, yet one I hadn’t fully explored in my drafting to date. The challenge entry definitely will provide the basis for a chapter in Book 1, though the setup will need some changes. It’s a look into some of the darkest elements in Exeter’s history, ones that I’ve known …

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Story Cubes Challenge Week 1

I’m finally joining Mark’s Story Cubes Challenge. 🙂 If you missed the explanation, it’s a 54-week challenge to write a piece of short fiction each week, using prompts from rolling Rory’s Story Cubes. I’m using it as a chance to develop the characters for my Exeter series, and possibly writes some bits that will make it into one of the books. This one gave me a critical piece of backstory for one character, and helped me find the voice of another character. 🙂 Comments and concrit welcome! Prompts: Abacus, parachutist, skyscraper, lightbulb, padlock, devil/ghost/halloween, question mark, eye, arrow Enough Rope

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Story Cubes Challenge — explained

In May, I was out with friends in Frederick, Md., and saw Rory’s Story Cubes in a toy store. I’d heard about them from Catwalksalone a year or so ago, but this was the first time I’d seen them. So I picked them up and have them in my writing kit. Basically, the idea is that there are nine cubes, each with an image on each side. You roll and then use the images that turn up to tell a story. Lots of variation, lots of ways to play. The folks behind the cubes are on Twitter and I started …

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