World Building

My oldest son has taken to writing, and he’s been quizzing me on world building. Most of what I learned about the process came from the late, great Dr. Douglass Parker. I feel so fortunate to have been mentored by him. Anyway, taking a page from my parageography studies, I had told my son to…

WIPjoy #11

From a side character: what’s the most pain (physical or emotional) you’ve been in? George Fitzbert has volunteered to answer. He is Duncan’s best friend, if Duncan has such a thing; Duncan mostly keeps to himself, an awkward outsider in the world. So, George, what is the most pain you’ve been in? George: It’s rather…

WIPjoy #10

From the antagonist: happiest memory? Who is the antagonist in Faebourne? The whole Milne family? The brothers did abduct Duncan, after all. I guess that makes them antagonistic. All right then, we’ll ask Richard Milne first. Richard: I remember being happy as a child. I have not been happy since. Um . . . okay…

WIP Wednesday

Now that my three previous Sherlock Holmes stories have been tidily collated into a single volume, I started writing a new story, though from a decidedly different POV: Let me begin by saying I have no “domed head,” or however it was Dr. Watson described me. Nor am I particularly old—though older than Holmes, I…

IWSG: Stranger Things

It’s time again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Posts go up the first Wednesday of each month. Read more posts and/or join in here. I’m insecure about everything these days. Writing and publishing feels like such a minefield. One false move… The key is to always go back to why I’m writing and find…