Smashcuts, Sequels and All that Jazz

Smashcut. Sounds fun doesn't it? Gonna 'Smashcut' that chapter! Not a screenwriter, so it was new terminology to me; describes an abrupt cut from one scent to another); a neat little tool that I’ve apparently used unknowing in my fiction writing. And something similar: a classic Jump Cut (cut between the exact shot, creating the effect of …

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Evil is as evil does…but is it evil enough?”

Here's the dilemma...how "dark" you should go with your evil characters. I realized that my "bad" character is certainly dark and wicked...But is she EVIL enough? One thing I've learned over the last two years of crafting and completing a first draft (Cave of Whispers, due out late 2019), is that (mostly) there are no rules. …

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“What I learned @WorldCon76” or “That was crazy amazing!”

It was my first WorldCon. Yes, I was a total noob. Made all the noob mistakes: trying to fit too much into every day, forgetting to eat, drink enough water, staying up way to late, etc. But I wanted to relish every last morsel…and I did. It’s taken me over a week to decompress and …

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