Don’t Stop with a Cop. Unusual Law Enforcement Agencies to Write About by L. A. Kelley
A common occupation for either a hero or heroine in an action novel is law enforcement officer. The profession makes sense. When dealing with the evil aspects of the paranormal, a person needs steely nerves and ready access to firearms. By why stop with a cop when other agencies might do nicely?
Writing only gets done by getting it done.
The work is the way forward.
But what that means is…
…not chiseled in stone so much as it is swirled into pudding with an index finger. It’s in flux. Uncertain. How we do the work, and why, and when, and at what rate, is where writers really are snowflakes, each as unique as a fingerprint, or a strand of DNA, or a cat’s butthole.
(That’s true, by the way, that’s science. All cat buttholes are unique to the cat. It’s how cats catch each other at cat crimes.)
I’ve been doing this writing thing for —
Wait, hold on.
*puts on long, gray beard*
*pulls pants up so far that the waistline is hitting the nipple watermark*
*black socks and brown sandals, deployed*
I’VE BEEN DOING THIS WRITING THING SINCE YOU WERE IN YOUR SPACE DIAPERS, YOUNG PENMONKEY. I’VE WRITTEN OVER 20 BOOKS AND SOME COMICS AND SOME FAILED FILM AND TELEVISION PROJECTS AND SOME GAMES AND I’VE LEARNED A THING OR TWO ABOUT WRITING A THING OR TWO AND YOU SHOULD SIT DOWN AND STRAP IN AND LISTEN TO OLD UNCLE WENDIG BECAUSE —
Wow, sorry, I was really yelling there, huh?
Here is your challenge this week. Go to Google. Go to Google IMAGES. Type in “Strange Photos.” You will find a panoply of, well, weird-ass images. Pick one. Use it as inspiration for a …
How being a psychotherapist helped me become a better writer I must admit, I’ve had an interesting career journey. For many years, Hollywood screenwriter… Read more ->
Bio: Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year; Welcome Back, Kotter, etc.), Dennis Palumbo is now a licensed psychotherapist and author of Writing From the Inside Out (John Wiley). His mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Strand, Written By, and elsewhere, and is collected in From Crime to Crime (Tallfellow Press). His series of mystery thrillers (Mirror Image, Fever Dream, Night Terrors, Phantom Limb, and the latest, Head Wounds, all from Poisoned Pen Press) features psychologist Daniel Rinaldi, a trauma expert who consults with the Pittsburgh Police.
Freelance Writing Forecast for 2018: 12 Experts Weigh In
Ready to prepare for a great year of freelance writing? It’s time for my annual freelance forecast, with all-new predictions on the trends that smart writers will capitalize on in the coming year.
I feel pretty good about how my 2017 predictions worked out. But this year, I decided to take it up a level. I asked all the savvy observers of the freelance scene I know to weigh in with their predictions, too.
What new trends are growing? What will pay well and what will be a bust? Read on to learn what freelancers will we see more and less of in 2018.
When I was entered college at 17 years old, I had one goal in mind. I was going to be a veterinarian, just like Melody in Love’s New Hope. But unlike Melody, it wasn’t tragedy that made me switch gears in college, it was growing up.
When I was young, I had two loves: Storytelling, and animals. Writing and storytelling are hard-work, and discipline. Animals make us more empathetic and in tune with the needs of another. Naturally, I drifted more toward working with animals, pets, and horses, and found less time for writing and storytelling.
So when I went to college at Virginia Tech, I set my sights on becoming a veterinarian. But while in school, I also took several English and creative writing courses. I found my love for storytelling again. I ended up switching majors and getting my degree in Creative Writing instead, but I kept a minor in equestrian studies and took several classes at the school of veterinary medicine.
Dawnell Smith | Opening in 2018: The Writer’s Block
By Dawnell Smith (and on behalf of her Block partners: Vered Mares, Teeka Ballas, Kathy McCue)
In the fall of 2015, we walked into the Adults Only sex store on Spenard Road in Anchorage to lay the groundwork for building a community bookstore art space and cafe. The property held not just a storied past, but the stories of people trying to survive and make sense of their lives.
The Writer’s Block Bookstore & Café has risen up in that space because the community has helped lift it. We all want to make sense of our lives, and books, art, and gathering spaces help us do it.