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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 […]

First Second or Third Person

First, second, or third person?

April 10, 2014

Every single book you’ve ever read is written in one of three different perspective tenses: first, second, or third. If you read a book written from more than one tense, one of two things has happened: you’ve picked up a post-modern book bent on destroying our preconceived notions for what a “novel” actually is, or you’ve picked up a book that wasn’t properly edited and adapted to one tense over the other. In other words, someone messed up. As it stands, though, the vast majority of the books you’ll read have been written in one of these three tenses and edited for continuity so there shouldn’t be much of a problem. Continuity, of course, meaning that you don’t accidentally use phrases like “It was so cold you could see your breath in front of your face” instead of “It was so cold he could see his breath in front of his face.” This is actually a really common slip up, […]

In The Dog Ring

In the Ring.

March 27, 2014

This is a chapter out of the book I worked on for NaNo. I needed a break from the typical article writing, so this is what you get. Anyway, this piece is one of my favorites in the book. First, it’s in the first half of the novel, which is by far the better written part. Second, it explores two of my favorite characters. Additionally, it touches on events that happen in the prologue of the book. You can read that here. Cheers, –MC The basement was overwhelmed by the musky odor of dog piss, sweat, and blood. The wide, unfinished walls were packed with human bodies, drunkenly rubbing up against one another as they fought for the best view. There was a pit dug into the center of the room, two feet deep by ten wide. The rim of the hole was lined in rusted, blood encrusted chain link fence. People jeered and booed as a dead dog was […]

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