Category: Pape Blog

Writing Tips from the Bards

We asked our Bards if they have any words of wisdom for aspiring authors, and this is what they served us up:


7795837Robert Cely: If you really feel called to write, then it’s something you have to stick with. A lot of people I knew wanted to be a writer one day, and I am the only one of them that is still hammering away at it that I know of.… Register or log in to access full content

I am Notoriously Unreliable

Hello everyone.  It's been a while, and I am trying to decide what to write next, and also if the pen name of OJ Wolfsmasher should continue to write things or be taken out back and disposed of like yesterday's donut box.

Maybe it's the long cold winter.  Maybe it's my run-on sentences.  Maybe it's my determination to try and be happy.  I don't know what's preventing me from deciding on a direction.  … Register or log in to access full content

Not The Story I Expected To Write

Sometimes I know nothing about the nature of a story when I start writing it other than a couple characters and a plot point.  Until about the time I finished the rough draft for Get Acquainted with Mr. Grief, I didn't have any idea where it was leading beyond the first few scenes.  You'll be happy to know that last week sometime a plot structure did actually begin to develop in my head.  … Register or log in to access full content

For My Next Trick, A Serialized Novel

In honor of the wonderful upcoming month of November (O please get here soon), otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month, my next project is totally going to be a novel. Because I love you, my dear readers, so very much, I've decided to let you have a say in WHICH novel I release in easily-digestible e-book installments.  This will technically be my debut novel, and the course of my entire writing career is hanging in the balance, so "choose wisely."

(I'm bringing this up because I honestly am having a beast of a time deciding which way to's a genetic thing.)

Your choices:

1) As Far As You Know -- In 2005 (seven years ago!), I actually wrote a Nanowrimo novel. … Register or log in to access full content

Whenceforth Zombiez!(?)

I was unprepared for the amount of work my little zombie story, Zombiez!, turned out to be.  Apparently I wrote the first draft while on a massive crack binge, and the second while under the influence of some serious lazy pills.  Looking at myself in the mirror, I made a deal with that guy:  The third pass through would be my last, but I had to be sure that EVERY WORD in EVERY SENTENCE was right before I could move on.  … Register or log in to access full content

What’s in Yo He-ead?

You should see my typing posture* right now.  I'm at my kitchen table, my legs are spread and on two separate chairs, I am leaning way back (i.e., slouching), and the chair is making an imprint of vertical wooden lines on my poor back.  It is 3am.  I made a cup of coffee, and should have made a pot.  Live and learn and make another cup, I guess.  Also, I'm not going to explain why I'm up so early/late.  … Register or log in to access full content

Notes on “Love Can Be Scary”

I'm pretty happy with how this story turned out, except for the one sentence with the uncaught redundancy (aargh!).  I think it sums up a lot of my current thoughts on a lot of the big issues -- love, God, dreams, kindness, and (of course) jealousy.  These are not simple, trite, or easy subjects in real life, and I feel like they shouldn't be that way in fiction, either.  Sometimes dreams are bad, and sometimes jealousy is good, and nothing is ever as easy or as impossible as advertised, because ads lie.… Register or log in to access full content

Notes on “Walter’s Graduation”

1) I really like the cover.











2)  The main bulk of this was written a few years ago, and (unlike much of my work) was pretty well-received.  It's one of those things I just started writing without having a middle or end in mind.  I don't think I'd even settled on a name for the main character.  I just knew I wanted the story to involve high school and cheating.… Register or log in to access full content

Ten Reasons to Join Bard and Book

I'm not so good at selling things.  You know why?  I HATE BEING SOLD THINGS.  You have to understand, I've been constantly manipulated for what seems like 40 years, and I don't really see the value in the whole process.  It started with the totally understandable "See, being good and not screaming keeps you from being spanked," and ever since then people have been trying to convince me to do, and not to do, stuff.  … Register or log in to access full content

Yeah this is a test post, so what?

I pity da foo who engages in all that jibber jabber!

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