The Progenitor 18: Around the Table Part 3

Two pounds of ground beef and one big bowl. Dice three peppers. I usually go for one yellow, one red, and one orange. Take a sleeve of saltines, throw them in a cookie sheet and crush them to dust with a kitchen mallet. Don’t be a savage and pound on them. Grip the head and… Continue reading The Progenitor 18: Around the Table Part 3

The Progenitor 11: Around the Table Part 2

It was Stonefist Stew, a recipe I created for a book called Legends of the Exiles. Get a can of five different kinds of beans: black beans, navy beans, pinto beans, red kidney beans, and pork and beans. I like to throw an extra can of pinto in for good measure. Chop and stir in… Continue reading The Progenitor 11: Around the Table Part 2

The Progenitor 5: Around the Table Part 1

It was a new dish I was trying out. Three chicken breasts, four cans of cream of chicken soup, potatoes cut into cubes, and rice. I covered it in cheese and baked it for about an hour all told. It was perfect, the rice a little overcooked, and we sat at the table to eat.… Continue reading The Progenitor 5: Around the Table Part 1

The New Girl 18: Future Part 3

On stunned legs I wobbled up to the front of the class. I didn’t trust my voice, but to my professor I said with a croak, “You meant upper classmen, right?” He turned to me with a broad smile. He was a powerful, if not rotund, man with a full head of salt and pepper… Continue reading The New Girl 18: Future Part 3

Building a Style

I had not done my homework, and my voice and my style were suffering. I went to a workshop aspiring writers called Break Out Novel Intensive put on by a genius named Donald Maass. Donald is an agent in New York with an impressive client list as well as an author himself who writes under… Continue reading Building a Style

The Weaving of Threads

When I was telling the story of Rayph and his crew in the series The Manhunters, I had to think about it on a number of levels. Had to create a story that possessed many lengths and layers. There is a trick to this. No one wants to read a story with no ending. When readers… Continue reading The Weaving of Threads