Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Writer's Soul

Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”
—Virginia Woolf

I tend with each passing day to believe this.

All those facets to storytelling—to writing—plot, characterization, description, theme….all but variations on the explication of one’s heart and soul. No matter the form—novel, short story, poem—even the musings of a blog like this—all at its essence some manner of veracity Even in a work of fiction—maybe especially then.

My words my truth, do you remember the first day I opened these pages of my soul to your searching eyes? Those eyes and this story so brimming with possibility and hope. I want you to know, dear reader, that those words I professed then--those truths--remain  true to this day--like any story even if it be forsaken, its pages unopened and collecting dust, do not its words once written, endure?

One year in high school, submissions were solicited for a time capsule, summative and representative words which would in 50 maybe 'twas 100 years' time be opened to reveal to whosever eyes clues about what things were like at our school all those decades previous. Mine was chosen. Things doubtless changed there in all that time, people I knew doubtless changed but my words so preserved, resolute and fixed. 

So too here my clues to you, dear reader, and yes I do mean you. If you shall read this no matter just when, know I am  speaking unequivocally to you. Those words  set down as a promise those years ago. Once written, inviolate, for the deepest truths adhere no revision but only ingrain more indelibly upon the page. Those words my story, my story my truth, and for you, for those eyes to fall once more upon them, do they await, dear reader, and only for you, no matter the years and occurrences between. Open the pages, love, dust them off, should ever you sojourn this way again. You shall find in them no hint of recrimination for your absence, they shall open willingly and lovingly to your touch. A story resuming, for its words, its truth, its promise, has known no end~

Monday, September 26, 2016


“A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.” – Roald Dahl

There is no shortage of eloquent wisdom from some of our greatest scribes on why they write, and for whom. I've been asked it; I think every writer has. It can be as vexing as those damnable query letters: you just penned 100K wonderful words, but  how in God's name to sum it up nicely in just a few.

It's at once the hardest and easiest thing to answer, though I do very much like what Mr. Dahl had to say on the matter. I could cite 101 reasons if I could cite one. Increasingly, it's like being asked why I breathe. I write, because I am. And just maybe vice-versa. All I know is, when I'm writing I feel I'm doing what I'm meant to do, and when I'm not writing I so often feel I should be.

And that question of, for whom. Ask not, Ernest? Alas, I'm asking. The quick and easy is that we write for ourselves. I think that's almost always true to some degree. But whom, and what else? There have been a few who toil away with no intention of exposing their words to any eyes beyond their own, but most of us want to be read, heard, felt, understood. And if someone will pay to do it, better yet. 😉

Perhaps we write for the audiences of our chosen genre; if we want to sell books, we surely better. But that's author stuff, and yeah, most of us want to be published authors. I speak here of something a little more visceral--of that soul of a writer, that blood imperative that compels us beseeching to the page like so many wolves baying to the moon. That the world may hear us. Or at least some may. It is perhaps our message in a bottle, our Cryptograph of secret messages, heard uniquely by each soul, intended for millions or even just one. A brother; a friend; a kindred reader we'll never know. A sweet girl for whom your heart still beats.  Here I stand, these, my words, my truth. My story begins and ends with you. A hand outstretched.

Whatever your reasons, they are the right ones. As always, thank you.  Read on, and of course, write on.

Until next time~

Thursday, September 15, 2016

This Just In...

Just learned I got second place in a microfiction contest for this cool site. I like writing micro(or flash) fiction, and have not only written it but written about writing it. The story will be published on their blog and I get to be featured author for a month and plug David Rose. More info when I have it, but was pleased and grateful for this news.

Never Say Never: Challenging Some of our Sacred Literary "Rules"

Honored that ProBlogger has published another of my posts, this one on some of those sacred writing "rules" which can prove so vexing. I much enjoyed writing and researching this one, which included connecting with cartoonist R.E. Parrish and legendary linguist Stephen Pinker.

I hope you enjoy and as always, I welcome your feedback!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Write On...

Greetings friends,

Been a little while so I thought I'd check in. I hope this finds you well. (Well, you're reading this, so it did find you, at least. )

The end of my 3-mo. exclusive placement on KDP select is nigh, and I expect in near future to announce on what additional platforms The Awakening of David Rose may be found. It has garnered some nice reviews but we always need more, so, if you have read it or may read it and would be willing to post an honest review(and perhaps ask a few friends to consider the same), I'd be mighty obliged!

 Meanwhile, I am about 3/4 done with a draft of a literary suspense manuscript I am jazzed about, called Cucariva. Hope to be getting it to some betas quite soon here. While the betas have that, I intend to dive into D Rose II: David Rose & the Forbideen Tournament. About 4 chapters in on that one...

And of course, a writer is nothing if not a reader, and most recently I have read Mcarthy's Suttree, Elmore Leonard's Valdez is Coming, and today am picking up Doctorow's Billy Bathgate.

What about you? What are you reading? Writing? Contemplating?

Thanks as always for your support. Talk soon~

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Rachel's Room: A Tribute, A Thank You.

Five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA finals MVP, and a two-time MVP. He is easily one of the top five NBA players of all time. He was great at offense and spectacular at defense. He has been playing for 19 incredible years.  This description is for a kind, humble player. One who cut his salary in half to help his team pay better salaries. A team-player. Thank you, Tim Duncan.

                In the oldest part of the golden beach lived an elderly woman. She has been living at her beach house for many years. She had no family. Over time, her wooden rocking chair became her family. It was old and the paint was chipped, but it meant everything to her. At every sunset she’d sit there and think. The elderly lady stared out into the deep ocean as if something was waiting for her.
                                                “Adventure is out there.”

-          UP

Friday, July 8, 2016

Author Interview: JM Muller, Colors of Immortality

It has been my distinct pleasure getting to know author JM Muller (and a distinct pleasure reading her book), and I know you will enjoy getting to know her too.

Welcome to the blog, J.M. Your author page notes you are “just a new author trying to break into the literary world.” Humble words, yet you have in fact broken in. Your novel, Colors of Immortality has just been released—congratulations. What does this accomplishment mean to you?

First off, let me start by thanking you for taking the time to interview me. I’m honored and a bit flattered. This whole experience has been surreal, and I still can’t believe I’m here—having written a book! There are moments I have to pinch myself, it just doesn't seem real. To be honest, this accomplishment means everything to me. I’ve always had this dream of becoming a writer, and it took many years before I mustered up the courage to go after it. As I often tell my friends, this is a “bucket list” item, one that I’m immensely proud of. 

You’ve referred to it as your “lovely, twisted story”—what does that mean in this case, and what is the appeal of such tales for you?

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been drawn to the darker side of stories. If I had to choose between a villain and a hero, I’d pick the bad guy every time. I suppose it’s because there’s an untold story hidden beneath their evil exterior, and it’s that story that fascinates me. With that in mind, I wanted to create characters that were beautifully flawed, and my book is filled with broken characters and dark deeds. It’s fantasy, bordering along horror, but there’s a lot of real life woven throughout.

What do you feel your greatest strengths are as an author, and what aspects of writing a book do you find most challenging?

Oh, this is a tough one. I’m tenacious, perhaps that’s my greatest writing strength. I’m open to learning and honing my craft. But even still, doubt—that pesky little bugger—has a way of sneaking in. I suppose that’s what I find most challenging—myself. Writing is a constant struggle, and I’m not sure that’ll ever go away. 

I think many aspiring authors relate to that “trying to break in” aspect—what can you tell us about your writerly journey, and what advice might you have for other writers endeavoring to break through themselves?

Reach out to the writing community. Fellow authors know the journey—they’ve all been there—and they’ll be your greatest source of strength and support. To this day, I’m amazed at how wonderful they’ve been. Open, kind, and incredibly generous, you’ll find newfound insta-friends. Also, remain true to who you are. It’s okay to break the mold, to fight conformity. Be yourself. If you love what you’re creating, others will too.

I like your cover—it seems to project images and a vibe that ties to your title and topic. What can you tell us about that process and how you settled upon it?

I’m very proud of my cover! I actually took the photo and made the cloak. I’ve been blessed with good-natured friends, and one of them, thankfully, was willing to model in a graveyard for me. She was an excellent sport about the whole thing. 

Now, as far as the colors, print and distressing, all the credit goes to Bookbaby. I uploaded my picture, specified I wanted something creepy, and they ran with it. They turned my book into a work of art, and I couldn't be more pleased. 

You have in very short order garnered an impressive following. What is the best way for readers and writers and the literary community to connect with you? Are you looking for reviews, arc or beta readers for works in progress? What might we expect from J.M. Muller in the future?

If you speak books, I’m your gal. Honestly, I try and respond to every person that makes an effort to connect me. It’s never easy putting yourself out there, and I want to be respectful to all those making an honest attempt. But, to be fair, I’ve fallen a bit behind and I’m working on catching up. 

As far as what I’m looking for? I’m desperate for reviews. As most indies know, reviews are the life preserver for new authors. It increases our visibility, and keeps our books afloat. Otherwise, they’d be lost rather quickly. I’d also be open to a few more beta readers for future works. A good beta is priceless in this industry. 

Thank you so much for letting us get to know you a bit! I think great things await on the next legs of your journey. Congrats and best wishes!

Thank you for having me. It was an honor. 

J.M. MULLER lives in Oregon with her husband, twin boys, and her darling fur babies. She has a plethora of skills (okay, that’s a lie), but does enjoy writing and creating—to the very best of her abilities. Her debut novel Colors of Immortality, may be found here, and you may find her on