Sorcerer of Deathbird Mountain

Jeff’s new fantasy novel is now readable on Vella: Hirand, a young palace messenger, hopelessly in love with the Princess, is summoned and told that his beloved is dying and that the city’s wizard has been unable to cure her. The boy is given a map and ordered to travel alone, in secrecy, to aContinue reading “Sorcerer of Deathbird Mountain”

The Mind of Hitler, Continued

As stated in previous posts, there were twelve important questions about Hitler that needed to be answered in my historical novel, In the Mouth of the Lion. They were: Did Hitler have supernatural powers? Who killed Geli Raubal, Hitler’s niece? Why was Geli Raubal killed? How did her murderer get away with it? Who isContinue reading “The Mind of Hitler, Continued”

The Mind of Hitler

As stated in the previous post, The Guardienne [see the link to the Guardienne Paper on ResearchGate], there were twelve important questions about Hitler that needed to be answered in my historical novel, In the Mouth of the Lion. They were: Did Hitler have supernatural powers? Who killed Geli Raubal, Hitler’s niece? Why was GeliContinue reading “The Mind of Hitler”

The Guardienne

Every writer should be an amateur psychologist. If your characters act in ways inconsistent with human behavior, your readers will throw up their hands (or just throw up) and say, “Nobody would do that!” Their suspended disbelief will drop like a dead bat. But, besides knowing what your characters would not do, psychology can helpContinue reading “The Guardienne”

90th Academy Awards Dinner Party Menu

  DUNKIRK Scones and Tea DARKEST HOUR A Cigar and Brandy on a Silver Tray THE POST Fancy 1970’s Hors d’oeuveres GET OUT New England Clam Chowder LADY BIRD Large Platter of Sacramento Produce THE SHAPE OF WATER Hard Boiled Eggs PHANTOM THREAD Sautéed Mushrooms CALL ME BY YOUR NAME Roast Beef with Apricot SauceContinue reading “90th Academy Awards Dinner Party Menu”

Does Hitler Matter Anymore?

What we believe about Hitler is that he was an obviously inhuman madman whose deliberate hatred motivated him to kill millions of people in concentration camps. But was it that simple? What if he was, if not perfectly sane, sufficiently so to be fully responsible for his actions? And what dark psychological forces underlay thatContinue reading “Does Hitler Matter Anymore?”

Guest Post: Rayne Hall The Art of Procrastination

A Non-fiction Piece by Rayne Hall 1. Read this blog before you start today’s writing session. 2. Nobody can procrastinate all the time. Take a break now and then and write something. Then return to procrastination with renewed vigour. 3. Don’t waste your procrastination on

Aroint Thee, Unholy Adverb! Hie Thee Hence! Fie! Fie!

A few years ago, there suddenly appeared, as if from Heaven, a new rule for writers, no doubt engraved somewhere in marble or ivory: THOU SHALT NOT USE ADVERBS. (For those who are unclear as to what an adverb is, the rule has a variant: GET RID OF ALL LY WORDS. [1])  The source ofContinue reading “Aroint Thee, Unholy Adverb! Hie Thee Hence! Fie! Fie!”