If It Were a Snake, It Would Have Bit You.

Daemons were not part of Philip Pullman’s original idea for the Golden Compass. And understanding this may have saved the novel I’m working on.

The New Normal is Pretty Much Like the Old, with Scratches

Scary as hell living in Brooklyn, the deadliest place on earth for Covid-19. For a few grim weeks.

Speculative Fictions

My brain is hurt by all the stuff I’ll probably miss.

Success is a Lousy Teacher

Success is a Lousy Teacher or, how success is reached by climbing a stairway built of failures

Out of the blue
When the world turns upside down in an instant, where do you go from there?

by wlancehunt in Personal Narrative, psychology

The armed troops and the ID cards are gone now, but low-flying planes are still unnerving.

A Year After “the Event”

Resilience after 9-11—it’s about what happens in the mind as much as on the ground.

Could You Become a Monster to Kill One?

by wlancehunt in Books, fantasy

The layers are thick and deep in this story. Expect things to change. Often. Unexpectedly. Yet precisely the way they must. Once you know enough.

Killing Your Little Darlings

“In writing, you must kill all your darlings.” —William Faulkner   Yes, this post will be about wholesale slaughter.      Of words, characters, and ideas.      Of little darlings—all those great lines, tightly written paragraphs, wonderfully surprising sub-plots, or dashing characters that please the writer, but will bore, or worse, confuse the reader.      I’ve never enjoyed […]

Revelations and Unexpected Shifts

by wlancehunt in Books, fantasy, Self Publishing

knowing her as well as we do, having watched her survive her brutal childhood, pull off one audacious mission after another, we know this won’t last. Then, things get worse.

Mission Impossible, Night Guild Style

Yes, this is Iliana of House Hawk, the highest earning, boldest, most respected Journeyman in the Night Guild.

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