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Happy Memorial Day–and look! More Martyrs!

May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! Today, you’re probably enjoying a day off, relaxing around the house, and maybe planning a big barbecue for tonight. It’s great that we have the opportunity to get a little time to ourselves and to our families this weekend–that kind of time is always appreciated. Because I want to spend the day with my husband, too, and because (again) holidays are usually the days where people don’t get online to read up on the blogs they follow, today I’m giving you another peek into my writing rather than a totally new article. This is a look into Martyrs–a short follow-up on the most recent sneak-peek you guys got. Cheers, –MC * * * Abraham drove them outside of the city, southbound until the buildings were more sparse, spread between blocks and blocks of empty land. At one point, Abraham pulled into a gas station, swiped a card through the credit slot, and the car began to […]


Setting the emotional scene.

May 20, 2014

We all know about setting the scene in as far as describing the setting, establishing the available characters, and bringing in the key plotline elements, but a lot of us forget about what it means to have a scene set in emotion. These kinds of scenes, the scenes heavily laden with emotion, come after, naturally, the most emotional parts of the story. When shit hits the fan, your scene better feel like shit hit the fan. In the excerpt from Martyrs below, Darius has just escaped a massive massacre, and he was knocked unconscious in the event. The emotions of this scene are pretty basic: confusion, disgust, and shock. Let me know what you think! Cheers, –MC * * * A low, resonate hum woke him. Cold, clammy sweat coating his cheek plastered his skin to a sticky, leather seat. Everything moved–the surface beneath him bounced and swerved. His body ached. A slash in his arm throbbed with each heartbeat. […]


Sneak Peek! Rising Tension.

April 13, 2014

Hey guys! Sorry today’s blog post is so late. Long story short (a long story that involves fixing irrigation, babysitting, and having a spider in my hair), I didn’t get a chance to sit down and write it. In favor of saving time (obviously, in saving my time, as I still need to write an article for tomorrow), I’m giving you guys a sneak peek at Martyrs. Yay! That being said, this excerpt is from a piece of the story where shit hits the fan. Not, you know, literally, because gross. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it! Cheers, –MC * * * But when he reached the bottom of the steps he paused. A man stood in the center of the room. Had he been there the whole time? Darius couldn’t remember. His shined, leather shoes glistened with blood. Darius recognized him. His suit. His stature. His steely gray eyes. The man from the market. A wide, wicked smile spread […]


Martyrs doodles.

March 4, 2014

Today is my 200th blog on the site. To celebrate both that and the newly rewritten Martyrs, I wanted to share a little something with you. That’s right, instead of having to read today, you get to view instead. When I started writing Martyrs, I did a lot of art to go along with it. Most of that art is just plain bad. Like, buried at the bottom of a notebook back. Like, hasn’t seen the sun in eight years bad. Some of it, however, was quite good. In discussing The Martyr Series with a beta reader and good friend of mine, I broke out my massive folder of Martyrs paraphernalia, which includes hand-written scenes, original drafts, doodles, sketches, poems from other friends, and some fake signatures. In the folder, I found a few of my favorite doodles to share with him because, let’s face it, I love this book so goddamned much I want to show off everything I […]


Writing Exercise: To be or not to be?

February 24, 2014

In rewriting Martyrs (five chapters away! Woot woot!), a lot of what I’m doing is simple. Sure, in the first half of the book I did a lot of major revamps of certain scenes and chapters, but for the second half, the half that was already more or less on par with what I wanted the plot to be, I mostly tweaked the writing to make it stronger. In the chapters I rewrote today, I focused a lot on tightening language. I noticed myself using a lot of verb phrases that include the words “was and were” (or any other form of “to be,” really). Think of it like this: “Dane was walking down the alley toward her,” or “They were speaking quietly amongst one another.” These are “to be” verb phrases, or verb phrases where the auxiliary verb is a form of “to be.” “To be” verbs include is, was, am, are, and were. This is commonly mistaken for […]


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