ART: The Garden (Checkered Scissors)
I found this picture which was how I first envisioned the garden in the story. Not all the features are there, but you get the jist.
INTERVIEW: 20 Questions
On my LiveJournal blog, I began posting author interviews in which I ask each participating author the same set of 20 questions. If you are an author who would like to participate, you can find the questions here. Here are my answers to the 20 questions.
RESOURCE: Books on Writing
Below is a list of writing books I've found most useful for developing my skills as an author:
The Anatomy of Story by John Truby
A fantastic step-by-step guide for mastering the craft of storytelling.
The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them) by Jack Bickham
It's exactly what the title says. A very useful book.
The 10% Solution by Ken Rand
A self-editing guide for anyone who writes (stories, essays, technical manuals, etc.).
On Writing by Stephen King
Details the history of Stephen King becoming a professional author, how he recovered from his near fatal hit-and-run, and his writing tips.
The Bugaboo Review by Sue Sommer
A reference book for all the word pairs writers commonly confuse.
Elements of Fiction Writing by various
Each book in this series targets a particular aspect of fiction writing: character development, dialog, scene, plot, etc.. Some are more informative and entertaining, while others are dry, textbooks, but each is very useful.
INTERVIEW: on Creative Barbwire
A fellow writer interviewed me and I've appeared on her blog:
INTERVIEW: by Rita Lee Chapman
Another fellow writer interviewed me and I've appeared on her guest authors page:
Rita Lee Chapman
Thank you, Rita!
ART: Field of Frames (Checkered Scissors)
I found this drawing which inspired a later scene in Checkered Scissors that describes how Max travels across the land.
Field of Frames
INTERVIEW: by Mary Harner
Fellow writer, Mary Harner, interviewed me similar to the 20 Questions that I offer. Here are my responses to her questions:
Interviewed by Mary Harner
Thank you, Mary!
INTERVIEW: by Duane L. Martin
Fellow writer, Duane Martin, interviewed me about Checkered Scissors
Thank you, Duane!
Duane L. Martin's blog
GAME: Rules for Get Barbara (Checkered Scissors)
In one of the earlier chapters, Edwin attends a party in which people are playing a game called "Get Barbara". Here are the basic rules for Get Barbara. Enjoy!
History of Get Barbara:
Originally, "Get Barbara" started as a family joke. When I visit my parents, we love to play all sorts of games, especially card games. My mom, Barbara, is excellent at playing games. No matter who is ahead or behind, and no matter what the game, someone usually declares, "The scores are such and such. You know what that means... It's time to get Barbara." Before anyone adds angry comments to this blog for me teasing my mom, what we say about getting Barbara is all in jest, and is a huge compliment to her and her game playing ability. Did I mention she is excellent at playing games? Well... She is.
When mom and dad read the above mentioned scene in the book, they had a good laugh at the inside joke, and thought it would be fun for me to invent an actual game called "Get Barbara". The supporting characters in the book play it as a drinking game, but my kids and I have come up with a set of rules for "Get Barbara".