Archive for October, 2014

I was checking out another horror writer’s site and I found that they, too, have a series of rules for their writing. I was very impressed with their set of rules and wanted to share it with you, so check it out:

Rules of Writing by Graham Masterton

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Some thoughts on writing.

You know, I have heard both sides of the writing debate. The first side claims that writing is seriously easy. The other side claims that you need to “cut open a vein” in order to write. For me, both things occur. Sometimes ideas flow like water down a waterfall. Other times, it’s like trying to squeeze blood from a rock. Just like any other job.

Yes, you heard me. Writing is like any other job. Writing and job appear in sentences together pretty often now, but people still seem to think writing is a hobby of sorts, its not. Some writers take years for their books to actually take shape. Others can take as few as six months from scribbled pad to published work. The fact is that it is a job and it is both easy and hard. I seriously doubt that writers can get through one piece and say that they didn’t have any rough spots in the writing of it. There had to be at least one moment of either “I suck” or “What next” to jazz things up or we wouldn’t write in the first place.

Writing is a challenge. A challenge where you have to decide what words in what sequence work best to produce an image or idea in the reader’s mind. Sometimes those words and sequences of words come easy. Sometimes they come hard.

Don’t judge a writer unless you can truly say you have spent a day in their shoes. And we are talking about their shoes, not just the shoes of a writer.

1. GAUGE YOUR AUDIENCE. Don’t make your story too “easy” for older readers or too complex for younger ones. It is easy to get lost in the tell of the story and forget who you are telling it to, so it is very important to keep your reader in mind.

2. INTERESTING BEGINNING. Try to find a unique way to open your story. This opening needs to, at the very least, set the atmosphere of the story.

3. KNOW YOUR CHARACTERS. You should have a basic idea of your character, be it a name or an image, something that you can start off with. The more you know about your character(s), the more they come alive in your mind, and through your writing, in the mind of the reader.

4. KEEP THE STORY MOVING. The story needs vivid details in order to create a sense of reality within the reader. However, avoid becoming long-winded. Remember that you are telling a story and it must move forward.

5. THE END. A good story requires a good ending. Don’t try to draw the story out. Let it end where it needs to.

6. RELAX. You did a good job. Take a moment to catch your breath and pat yourself on the back. You have done what no one else in the world can do: you have written your story. Congratulate yourself.

Sumthun’ Scrumptious

Posted: October 6, 2014 by Cat Reyes in Other Thoughts

Well, a few days ago, we received a huge bag full of apples from someone’s tree. Since then, we have scratched our heads trying to figure out what to do with them all. The main idea we have is apple sauce or apple butter. We intend to try both of those. But in the meantime, we figure ‘let’s try some of these recipes around the net.’ Frankly, I am very glad we did. Why? These recipes aren’t half bad.

We made “Country Apple Dumplings” today. They turned out absolutely amazing. Got the recipe from Definitely a keeper…   Also, I messed up the last part and mixed the Mountain Dew with the sugar, butter, and cinnamon in the pot (ended up heating it all up) before drizzling over the dumplings. Don’t know if that makes a difference. We will be trying the same recipe the right way. Then trying it again with our own crescent roll mix (once we find one). Hope you all enjoy it as much as we do/did.


(The above photos are how they look out of the oven.)

We also made “Sauteed Apples” yesterday. They reminded me of apple crisp, without the crisp part. Very good. Also found on Have fun!

PS. I will try to remember to get you some pics next time… sorry folks!