The Skitters are coming…

My DVR is the best and worst thing that’s happened to me — okay, to my writing life, mostly. Years ago, I completely stopped watching TV. But being able to record shows and watch them whenever I want, I’ve slid back to watching TV more and more in the last …

Dialogue and Falling Skies

You might remember my obsession love affair with Falling Skies from this past summer. Throughout the season, I found reasons to say, “Hey, I’m learning here!” and not feel guilty about my TV watching. And I was learning. You know, in between the suspense, tension, and drama. They even threw …

Storytelling Lesson from Falling Skies

Falling Skies, the TNT sci-fi drama already with an award and several nominations in its pocket, started up again this month. First, I must say woo-hoo! Second, you’re probably asking—what’s this have to do with writing? Did I land on the wrong blog? No, no, you haven’t wandered. Aside from …

Hold on to Your Pockets

That is, your Pocket Books. Yes, capped, as in the name of the first paperbacks, which haven’t been with us forever, as some might think. Books weren’t published in this nifty little format until 1939. And for nearly 20 years, bookstores wouldn’t carry them. They finally relented when they could …