– You can feel it, can’t you? You’re ALMOST done with your writing! You’re wrapping the whole chapter or story up with the last few sentences, and you know that the nightmare of creation is almost at an end! And then… you put that last period at the end, and YES!!! You’re done writing! Thank the stars, you’re finally FINISHED! Now comes the HARD part! Hehehe! See, your creative right brain gets the big picture, and it’s totally happy to have played a major role in writing your very own story. Then your analytical left brain comes in and screws it all up, telling you everything is wrong and stupid and boring and it doesn’t make sense… it can be a real test, trying to struggle through that. Because even though you worked your asses off to put it all together, you’ve basically got to go back to the beginning and start all over from scratch! I make writing sound like so much ‘fun’, don’t I? Making it up isn’tContinue reading »

His house was exactly nine houses away from mine. I know, because I counted. In fact, I counted more than a few times. Almost as if his house would, one morning, move closer by trading places with one of the others like shuffling cracker boxes. I had only been able to catch brief glimpses of him in the six weeks since he moved into the neighborhood. I remember seeing the moving truck, and this being a pretty quiet place to live…everybody gets nosy and comes out to see the fresh meat. I just never thought of having a boy like that move so close to me. A boy who could basically…’expose’ a part of me that I was hoping to keep quiet. At least until I went off to college. God forbid, I became the lone gay kid on the block. Like I said, everybody in the neighborhood gets nosy about that kind of thing. I peeked and I poked around and I, sometimes, pretended to casually ‘stroll by’ hisContinue reading »

1- There are an estimated 200 MILLION insects for every single human being on the planet! 2- The Star Wars droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO, briefly show up as hieroglyphs on a tomb wall in “Raiders Of The Lost Ark”. 3- Cotton candy was invented by a dentist. 4-  Hot water actually freezes faster than cold water. 5- Watching videos or looking at certain pictures of pornography can actually alter your sexual tastes, and cause many to lose interest in their current real life sexual partners. 6- “Gone From Daylight’s” original title was “Midnight’s Child”, and I thought of it while at home, sick, with the chicken pox and an extremely high fever! 7- The neurotic compulsion to correct every mistake that you read is called Grammatical Pedantry Syndrome. 8- Ironically, the very first patent for the fire hydrant was lost in 1836…due to a FIRE! 9- Don’t want get that ‘lighter fluid’ taste from the charcoal at your next barbecue? Try burning potato chips instead! It’ll work, and you won’t get that chemicalContinue reading »

One of the most important parts of putting a story together is making sure that your main character, your protagonist, is a ‘likeable’ and relatable character. This is the one person that your audience is going to be spending most of their time with throughout the entire project, and if they loathe and despise your main character, chances are they’re just not going to want to be there after the first few pages or so. Even anti-heroes have to have something about them that keeps a reader engaged with what’s going on in the story. However… …Sometimes, an author can create a character that is NOT so immediately likeable, and use that to their advantage. It’s a bit more challenging, yes…but if done correctly, you’ll be able to craft an amazing story, where both your main character and possibly even your readers can learn something about themselves during their journey together. I like to call this a ‘redeeming character arc’. You’ve seen it done many times before, and it takes time and patience, both onContinue reading »

For any writer interested in truly connecting with their reading audience, you’re going to start pouring a lot of emotion into everything you write. The stories become a part of you. A display of the person you really are inside. And as time goes on and you become more comfortable with expressing those emotions…there may be times when you’re forced to deal with some rather touchy, maybe even painful, pieces of your life. Past events that you may not be really ready to deal with, much less put in a spotlight for the rest of the world to see and comment on. I speak from experience when I say that it’s not always an easy thing to do. And I don’t suggest you get into those personal parts of your psyche unless you’re truly comfortable with it. It may seem like it’s just ‘typing out a story’, but when you dig really deep…it can become an emotionally draining exercise. Sometimes, it can be downright depressing. So it’s not something toContinue reading »

#1- Studies show that people read 25% slower on computer screens than they do text on actual paper. #2- “Facetiously” is one of the only words in the English language that contains all 5 common vowels (And the letter “Y”) in alphabetical order. #3- You can actually see your own nose at all times, all day, every day. But by a very young age, your brain has trained itself to block it out. (Hehehe, you’re looking at it right now, aren’t ya?) #4- Backstreet Boy, Nick Carter, was an extra in the movie “Edward Scissorhands”. #5- If you were to eat an entire polar bear liver, chances are you’ll die from it. Human beings can’t handle that much vitamin A. #6- Your fingers don’t actually have any muscles in them. The muscles that move the fingers are all located in the palm and forearm. #7- Honey is one of the only foods that doesn’t spoil. Like…ever. You could feasibly eat 3000 year old honey from ancient Egypt and be justContinue reading »

  The stormy night. The darkness. Those things that go bump in the night. What is it about the written word that can have such a visceral effect on us when we’re reading scary stories? What primal instinct does it tap into? What emotional strings does it pull? It’s a skill, giving someone goosebumps when they’re reading something in the comfort and safety of their own home. When writing horror…you want that irrational response. You want the reader to jump at every noise in their apartment. You want them to search the darkness around them, or get up to close that ‘slightly open’ closet door. It’s a moment when a writer can invade the minds of his or her readers, and play on their basic fears and concerns in order to build a scenario that they can submerge themselves into and feel all the stress and discomfort that you want them to experience. It can be SO much fun when you get it to work! The question is…how? One thingContinue reading »

  #1- When Stephen King was asked what the first movie was that ever truly scared him as a child …he replied, “Bambi”. #2- The movie “Final Destination” was actually based on a previously rejected episode of the “X-Files” TV show. #3- Due to budget issues, the producers couldn’t pay extra money to use fake human skeletons in the movie “Poltergeist”. The skeletons you see in the pool….are REAL human skeletons! #4- The first choice for the role of Hannibal Lechter in “Silence of the Lambs” was Jack Nicholson. And the first choice for Jack Nicholson’s character in “The Shining” was actor, Robert DeNiro. #5- Before the Melissa Matheson rewrite, the family favorite “E.T.” was originally written to be a HORROR movie! >:O #6- On a high school field trip, just as a dare, Jeffrey Dahmer was once able to talk his way into a private tour of the White House. #7- No American has officially died of ‘old age’ since 1951, when the government eliminated that classification on allContinue reading »

  #1- Superman was actually the first official ‘comic book‘ ever printed. Before then, they were all merely short, solitary, strips in the newspaper.   #2- The very first Captain America comic book cover has a dashing picture of him bursting into 3rd Reich Germany and physically punching Adolf Hitler in the mouth! (As was parodied in the recent Marvel movie). Hitler actually responded in anger to this cover in real life, even calling Captain America a ‘Jew’.   #3- The creator of the Wonder Woman character (And her magic lasso that made you tell the truth)… was also the inventor of the lie detector.   #4- Stan Lee is known for making a cameo appearance in many of the Marvel made blockbusters of the past 10 to 15 years. But does he appear in ALL of them? The answer is no. Stan Lee intentionally avoids being seen in movies based on some of the darker, more violent, Marvel characters. So if you’re looking for him to pop up inContinue reading »

To write a love story, you would think that the typical ‘boy-meets-boy’ formula would only involve two people. Main character. Love interest. Period. And if you’re telling a short story from beginning to end, sometimes simplicity is the key to creating a great piece of fiction. However, for those of you out there who have plans for something a bit more extended, an ongoing series or a longer novel or novella length story… it’s always great to have a little bit of character support. What is character support? That’s when you include a few other characters besides the main boys involved in the meat of the story. These supporting cast members can come in the form of a best friend, a sibling, a mortal enemy, a wise teacher, a love rival, some comic relief… and pretty much anything else you can think of. Naturally, you don’t want to add TOO many supporting characters, as the storyline can quickly become complicated and confusing if you pollute it with too many peopleContinue reading »

  #1- “I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language. #2- The band ‘Duran Duran’ got their name from an astronaut in the 1968 Jane Fonda movie “Barbarella.” #3- The youngest Pope ever elected was only 11 years old. :O #4- The name ‘Jeep’ came from the abbreviation used in the army for the “General Purpose” vehicle. Or ‘G.P.’ #5- In their career as a band, The Beatles used the word ‘love’ in their song lyrics a total of 613 times. #6- Before becoming a professional musician, Rock N’ Roll legend, Chuck Berry, studied to be a hairdresser. #7- Jackie Chan once worked as a bouncer in a night club. #8- Rapper Jay-Z reportedly developed his stage name as a reference to New York’s J/Z subway lines, which have a stop in his Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, neighborhood. #9- Sex is the safest tranquilizer in the world. And it is 10 times more effective than valium! #10- Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on the 4th ofContinue reading »

#1- I have never really lived in an actual house before. Only in apartments. So if you look at the stories, almost all of the characters have these big sorta suburban houses. They all have upstairs bedrooms (Which was always ‘exotic’ to me as a kid for some strange reason), and many have a fully finished basement downstairs. For some reason, I always thought that was so cool to have stuff like that. “Chris” from “A Class By Himself” had both in real life! UGH! I hated going to his house! Hehehe! I don’t know why, but I always craved that when I was younger. So I put it in almost all of the stories. Upstairs bedroom… finished basement… look for it. #2- In high school, I practiced lucid dreaming. A LOT! And it really does work! But I warn you, you will not get a whole lot of sleep when you start. You will wake up ten times a night, at least. So… read up on it first. IContinue reading »

When writing your own stories, one thing to be aware of is the fact that your work will eventually be displayed in a place where other people can see it. And that place will probably have a ton of other authors as well, all competing to get noticed as well. So the question here is… how do you get people to read your story over someone else’s? It’s not like selling a car, where you can drape a hot, half-naked boy over the hood and holler at the crowd through a megaphone. Hehehe! Actually… I wonder what that would look like… hmmm… Ahem! Sorry! TITLES!!! ‘Titles’ is the correct answer. Choosing an appropriate title for your story can make all the difference between someone reading your story right away, saving it for a later time, or skipping over it altogether. It’s the one thing that people judge a book by before they even get to the cover. So it carries a certain amount of importance, believe me. This month, let’sContinue reading »

#1– When two dogs approach each other, the dog that wags its tail more slowly is ‘in charge’. #2– The female orgasm actually ‘guides’ sperm in the direction of the most fertile eggs in her body. Scientists are still trying to figure out how this process works. #3– Batman, a legendary comic book character for over half a century now… was created in a single weekend. The Superman comics were doing so well that creator, Bob Kane, was offered a great deal of money to come up with another hero. The task was given to him on a Friday, and ‘The Batman’ was turned in on Monday morning. Meant to be a combination of ‘Zorro’ and ‘The Shadow’… the iconic character lives on to this day! #4– Before Arnold Schwarzenegger got the role, the studios original choice to play ‘The Terminator’ was OJ Simpson! (Hehehe! OJ… hunting down a blond woman… trying to murder her. That’s funny.) #5– Sir Isaac Newton invented the cat door. #6– The Galapagos Tortoise hasContinue reading »

By Comicality   There is one thing that you always have to keep in mind as a dedicated writer. And that is… creating the story in your head, no matter how detailed that marvelous vision of yours may be… it’s going to be a completely different animal once you’re forced to sit down and actually put this great literature on paper. (Or on the screen, in this case) That part is a LOT harder. And it takes a LOT more time. We’re not talking notes and thoughts and scattered ideas here. We’re talking a long, often frustrating, process that will get what’s in your head out there where other people can absorb it. And while many, many people are AWESOME at the creation part of the process… the execution can be a bother and a chore to most. If you want to write, that’s something that you just have to overcome.   Consider this the beginning of literary boot camp! Hehehe! Because it won’t be easy. Half of you willContinue reading »

Boy meets boy. It’s a romantic tale that has been told over and over again throughout the ages. It happens each and every single day, all around the world, to somebody… and it’s always fun to get a peek into the fantasy that we all want to be a part of. But after so many stories and so many tellings and retellings… limitless tales of the union between two characters who can’t bear to be apart… how can anyone expect to create that magical ‘spark’ that touches your readers in a way that hasn’t been done before? It won’t be easy. But it’s not impossible. I believe that, seeing as we’re all individuals, living different lives, with different desires and needs, and all drawing from a different set of life experiences… there’s no real limit as to how many different ways that you can tackle the typical ‘boy meets boy’ theme. If you speak from your own heart, and really pour the most intimate parts of yourself into your work,Continue reading »

#1- Money isn’t really made out of paper. It’s actually made out of cotton. #2- One of the most mispronounced words in the world is ‘aluminum’. (Ah-Loo-MY-Num) #3- Actor Warren Beatty and actress Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister. #4- The Daniel Craig James Bond movie, “Casino Royale” holds the world record for the most times that a car flipped over during a cinematic crash sequence. #5- While originally plotting out “Savage Moon”, the idea of having all of the wolves in Cyrus’ wolf pack mentally connected and acting as one single unit came from the old black and white version of “Village Of The Damned”. I just happened to have it on in the background while I was taking notes. #6- Charlie Chaplin once secretly entered himself into a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like contest. He came in third. (LOL!) #7- There were 315 misspelled entries in Webster’s 1996 Dictionary. #8- Actress Bonnie Bedelia (The wife from the original ‘Die Hard’ movie) has a few famous nephews in the biz! Rory,Continue reading »

1)Four common date blunders include showing up late, talking about yourself too much, revealing too much about your ex, and being way too eager. 2) Love can exert the same amount of stress on your body as deep fear. You see the same physiological responses – pupil dilation, sweaty palms, and increased heart rate. 3) The term “love” is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘lubhyati’, meaning “desire.” 4) Engagement rings are often worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because the ancient Greeks maintained that the finger contains the Vena Amoris, or the “vein of love”, which runs straight to the heart. 5) Seminal fluid can potentially contribute to romantic love. Reports suggest that the liquid that surrounds the sperm contains dopamine (“the pleasure chemical”) and norepinephrine as well as tyrosine, an amino acid the brain needs to manufacture dopamine. So if you swallow…..? Hehehehe! 6) Roses are a traditional symbol of love and, depending on their color, can suggest different nuances of love. For example, red rosesContinue reading »