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Sneak Peek: The Aftermath

September 10, 2013

If you read my post yesterday, you’ll know by now that I am moving this week. That being said, I’m pretty darn busy. Most of my time off work will be spent painting and hauling boxes. So for today, I’m giving you guys another sneak peek into Martyrs. This is the first scene you get to know the second main character. Hope you guys enjoy it! Cheers, –MC * * * The place was a bloody mess. She stood at the top of the stairway and looked down into what once was a room full of living, breathing bodies. A cigarette smoldered between two long, slender fingers. She took a long drag on the end, drawing the hot nicotine deep into her lungs, and tossed it onto the dark, red wood beside her feet. It smoked for a moment longer before she drove her heel into the butt and crushed the flame to death. Though Marcus Hess and his team […]

Sneak peek: First 250 words

Sneak Peek: First 250 Words

September 5, 2013

After getting the results back from that query contest I submitted Martyrs to, I’ve been revisiting my first chapter to strengthen the writing. In the course of these edits, my critique partner and I were discussing two things: the importance of the first line and the importance of the first 250 words. Apparently, the first 250 words of your story are actually surprisingly important in as far as getting your work picked up by an agent. It isn’t necessarily about the writing, though that is important, too. More specifically, it’s about those early words pulling you into the story and making you want to continue reading–for any reason. Is it because you’re drawn in by the character? Or is it because some hint at the story makes you want to know what happens? Additionally, there’s something about a book whose first line is so telling of the story, character, or setting that it immediately draws you into a book. For […]

Sneak Peek - Trip to the Underground

Sneak Peek: First trip to the Underground

August 30, 2013

Hey guys! In the midst of getting ready for a busy weekend camping and packing up our house for the move in ten days or so, I’m lazy. BUT! I am not so lazy that you aren’t getting a blog post, as I promised. Instead of writing down some tips or giving you a rant, I’m going to give you a peak into my favorite book, Martyrs. For those who don’t know, Martyrs is the first book I’ve ever written. I started it when I was fifteen, and since then it has evolved into an intensely complex, seven-book series. The first book has been rewritten three times and now stands on the shelf waiting for one of two things: another rewrite or a publishing deal. It really comes down to how that query contest turns out. That will help determine my next step. That being said, this book is one of my favorite things in the world. There isn’t a […]

Red and Hive City

Sneak Peek: Red and Hive City

August 15, 2013

[nivo]When I’m working on a novel, I write short snippets of copy that never actually makes it into the book. These snippets are exercises I do to explore personality, setting, and mood. They help me prepare for actually writing the goddamned book itself, which would be remarkably harder without these exercises than it is with them. Sometimes these exercises are as brief as a few sentences to play with wording, and sometimes they’re pages long. Take a look at this one, and get a sneak peek into my latest WIP. Cheers, –MC * * * The air reeked of potent sterilization–a city too clean to actually be clean. Silver buildings reached high into the starless skyline, reflecting the vibrant oranges and purples of the Empyrean sunset in sharp, geometric forms. He stood back from the rooftop’s edge as he watched rivers of hovering vehicles flow soundlessly around the chrome structures as though they were stones in the water. From where […]

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