Drama Humor and Pinchy

Hey everyone. Got a few thoughts with a specific example for you today. The subject of this Friday the 13th is a bit of writing advice, an old saw for me, as it frequently annoys me how obsessed I used to be with it (And to some extent still am).

Let me just say that even good writing advice is clearly to use where applicable, and otherwise ignore.

On to the example. Orson Scott Card, regardless of your politics (And his are pretty disagreeable to me), is a pretty excellent writer at his best. He also has a couple writing advice books out there, including one called “Characters and Viewpoint.”

One particular piece of advice from this book is that the protagonist should be the character suffering the most who still has agency. Solid advice, if you ask me. If I recall correctly, Card also states that the greater the suffering, the greater the drama.

I think this advice is mostly good. The second part, in particular, rings true to me in an odd little example that wandered back into my mind this morning.

The lobster named Pinchy.

In an old episode of “The Simpsons” Homer (Our protagonist) accidentally boils his pet lobster while trying to give it a bath. This is a sad moment, and I guess it really does prove the drama increases with suffering. However, it does little to spoil the ridiculous bathos of Homer than eating his pet’s remains and gushing about delicious they are between his tears.

In this example, which I think is a funny episode, but one that leaves me feeling down, the humor really does come from the juxtaposition of the dramatic death and the ridiculous dinner.

In this example Card’s advice really does work, as the normally humorous Simpson’s episode is made dynamic by a tragic event.

Not every bit of advice applies equally in every situation, but if one considers the characters as if they were real people, and how they will feel in different situations, one can really deliver a dramatic punch even in humor.

Thanks for reading!


April 1st 2018

Happy Easter Fools Day, everyone!

For those who don’t celebrate Easter, please note this year the Christian holiday falls on April first, also called April Fool’s Day.

Not sure how necessary that line was. This is another 7 minutes of rapid blogging. No turning back now.

How can one enjoy a conversation where one is learning something? Not sure how to do it reliably, but I had a great recording session yesterday for Alive After Reading. The episode will air in about a month, given my large backlog, but in it, I experiment with a new-to-me main-topic structure, where the interview gives way to a larger subject in the second half of the show. In this case, the main topic was “Fear of Writing,” a subject I have been struggling with a bunch lately.

The result was good.

I already feel like I have some additional tools to get working more easily and less fearfully.

That conversation was with Canadian Author, Jim Jackson, and I have to say, it was well-timed for me.

In any event, I plan to kick some major writing into gear today, working around Easter events as necessary.

The result of writing fast is almost always more entertainment for me as a writer. I can type faster than I can imagine story most of the time these days, but the work part is always the initial sitting-down to work phase.

I’m happy today. Please wish me luck that this attitude continues to improve.

Sleep has been better over the past week. Writing has been building as I go.

Anyway, forty seconds to go. I’m pretty happy with my typing speed. Never mind that. Thanks for reading.

You can find my books at amazon.com. If you enjoy this blog I’m sure you’ll like The Mangrove Suite. Give it a read if you will.

Bye for now!

March 25th 2018 – 7 Minute Blog

Hey folks, it’s been a while!

What’s been going on with me lately?

I released book two of the Clean series back in February, and the third book is really powering up for release next month. Also, the audiobook for book one is due out soon, as voiced by the talented Daniel McAdam. I am becoming quite happy with this series.

Anyway, this blog post is part of a new series where I write the blog post rough in 7 minutes with a timer ticking away the whole time.

When it stops, I’ll head out. But I’ll be back again soon. Much sooner than last time.

Anyway, the work is still kinda slow. Kinda been low on energy for a while, but I’m looking into potential reasons why. The work is enjoyable, but I’m really excited to get back to the series, with a new book.

Really needed to churn for a while. This series is way more emotional than a lot of my books.

I’ll leave the links below. It’s gonna be a good year for my releases. Gonna spin this fast.

Anyway, low on time. I have this cool Patreon story I’m working on, and you can read the first two chapters over there if you back me for even one dollar a month.

Thanks for reading!

I hope to be back again soon, and I won’t be pimping so much in the process. Bye!

Launch day for The Cleanway!

Happy launch day to me and my new novel!

This day featured computer troubles early on, hence the late and abbreviated post.

The Cleanway is live! This book is the sequel to a little book called The Mangrove Suite. Currently, both books are exclusive to Amazon.com, and an audiobook for the Mangrove Suite is in production.

Take a look. Read. Review. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading.


Overlogic – January 29th 2018

Hey, everyone! I just launched my Patreon page!

Starting February 25th you can read my new serial story, Razavoda there, and support my various efforts online and in books.

I had some major flashes of insight, also sometimes referred to as “overlogic” as I prepared this page, and I’m quite proud of the story I’ll be releasing through it. These bits of inspiration resulted in little breakthroughs for this story. I can’t wait to share every bit of it with you.

Here is the video for the page.


Please consider supporting me. I appreciate very pledge from the greatest to the smallest.

Thanks for reading!

January 22nd 2018

Here we go, people. The pre-order for my next novel, “The Cleanway” is now live right here.

Check out that cover! I’m very pleased with it.

This book continues the story from “The Mangrove Suite” and is about twice the length of that book. For those who wanted to see more of this world and the characters, this book brings that, along with an exciting continued exploration of themes deepening of the story.

Pre-0rdering this book is a great way to support me, but its also the best thing I’ve written yet. Book 3 will release in mid-March, by the way, so jump on this now and prepare yourself for the sequel. It’s a great story, and if you don’t believe that from me, check out some of the reviews people have been leaving for “The Mangrove Suite.” on Amazon.com.

I dare you not to like these books!

Anyway, thanks for reading. Always glad to post here.

Talk to you soon.