Traits of an immoral character


Today, as part of the Make Believe blog tour, I’m over at the wonderful Lori Freeland’s blog where I talk about morality in fiction and the traits of an immoral villain.  Please stop by and say hi and leave your comments.

Today, I hope to finish reading Artemis Fowl – The Last Guardian. I have to say I absolutely love these MG/YA books.  If you’re into MG/YA and haven’t read them, you should.  There’s lots of action mixed with some wonderful fantasy.  They’re funny, enjoyable stories filled with “Agile prose, rapid-fire dialogue, and wise-acre humor…” ~ Publisher’s Weekly.  Completely magical and an example of great MG/YA writing.  Eoin Colfer rocks my world, and rates right up there with Rick Riordan and Terry Pratchett.

After that, I have a very intriguing book to read, The Midas Tree, by Lesley Phillips. I received the book in the mail today from the author, and I can’t wait to read this one.  Look for a review coming soon.

After that one, I have Nikolas & Company – The Merman and the Moon Forgotten.  I received this months ago from the author and haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I will do so soon.  Look for a review on this romping MG read as well.

That’s what I have going on today.  What is happening in your world?  Are you reading any good books you’d like to tell everyone about?  I’d love to hear from you.

Quote of the day:

“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

20 Memorable quotes on writing


I decided sometime back to take the weekends off from blogging so I could focus on my writing and spend time with my family.  Occasionally, I’ll post something that is fun and entertaining.  Today, I’ve decided to leave you with memorable quotes on writing.  Enjoy your weekend and stay tuned on Monday when I post part 3 of my series, How to write a fantasy novel – Character development.

1.  “There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.” ~ Terry Pratchett

2.  “All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” ~ Red Smith

3.  “Writing is easy. Just put a sheet of paper in the typewriter and start bleeding.” ~ Thomas Wolfe

4.  “I never made a mistake in grammar but one in my life and as soon as I done it I seen it.”  ~ Carl Sandburg

5.  “The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof shit detector.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

6.  “Bad spellers of the world, untie!” ~ Graffito

7.  “An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever after.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

8.  “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; the editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” ~ Mark Twain

9.  “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou

10.  “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”  ~ Stephen King

11.  “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” ~ Ray Bradbury

12. “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” ~ E.L. Doctorow

13.  “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ~ Sylvia Plath

14.  “Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning:  I wanted to know what I was going to say.”  ~Sharon O’Brien

15.  “The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.” ~ Vladimir Nabakov

16.  “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~ Anton Chekhov

17.  “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

18.  “I love writing.  I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ~ James Michener

19.  “If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood.  I’d type a little faster.” ~ Isaac Asimov

20.  “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.  One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” ~ George Orwell