My first experience with a real editor and my thoughts on the whole beautiful ordeal.
I open my file, glance with trepidation at the myriad red marks and comment bubbles throughout, and promptly close it again. I just can't. Not right now.
Felix is a fictional character from Antiquity's Gate. He is a major player, and someone with whom, should you read the book, you will become closely acquainted. He is a fun-loving, joke-cracking, fiercely loyal Halfsie. Hold up. What's a Halfsie?
It was raining, that first day at the library. Sheets of water poured down the long panes of glass, obscuring my view of the swollen river just beyond the parking lot.
What are the things that you look for in a story?
Characters face difficult, even crippling, situations, and yet their reality still continues, steadily marching the plot along and pulling them, kicking and screaming, perhaps, with it.
I spend entirely too much time, when we are going somewhere, wondering how and where I will get my next coffee fix. I believe water was created as a vehicle for coffee. So now what?
Sometimes, as a writer, you find yourself pouring yourself into a paragraph, a scene—even a chapter. And you reach a point at which you get stuck, and you read it over, and you discover that it just won't work.