Battle Scenes

That’s it. I’m just going to say it. I love battle scenes. I have no idea why, but they make me mad with excitement. I want to grab a sword or a pistol (a doglock pistol, thank you) and just rush into the thick of it. On a fine horse, of course. Fine dresses and jewels? Not as exciting as buff coats and bandoliers. It doesn’t matter if the battle scene happens on the sea (Master and Commander), on a beach (Robin Hood), in the Hellmouth (Buffy), or even in this excellent YouTube video produced by the English Civil War Society about…

Book Trailers: Why create one?

Why have a book trailer when you don’t yet have a book? I’m glad you asked that. Before I answer that, let’s start with what they are. Book trailers have taken off as a means to promote that new/upcoming release or generate an interest in a new series. For those who were as hooked on Game of Thrones as I was, the teaser videos released before the next instalment fed the addiction and left me squealing, “I can’t wait!” Book trailers should do the same thing. It’s an interesting concept when you think of it: visual arts generating interest in the…

History is storytelling

After a recent blog post, the Loyal Comptons, a fellow writer, Dale Long, mentioned that he used to find high school history boring, but now he’s rediscovering how interesting it truly is. He chalked it up to the boring nature of Canadian history. His comments got me thinking. I admit, Canadian history doesn’t speak to me like English history, even though I fiercely love my country. We’ve had 400 fledgling years to their few thousand or so. And lets face it, Canadians are not known as peace-keepers for nothing. But it goes deeper than that. Andrew Stanton said during his…

#1LineWed

The highlight of my week is participating in #1LineWed. For those who’ve never heard of this hashtag, this event is sponsored by the RWA Kiss of Death Chapter (gotta love the name!). #1LineWed gives all writers the opportunity to share (in 140 characters or less) lines from their WIP. Every week, there’s a new prompt and a new challenge to somehow condense your sweat and blood in so few characters. It’s an excellent way to force yourself to self-edit. It’s also a great place to connect with wonderful writers, and I do look forward to reading their tweets. This week, the…