This is a work of fiction. The car was quiet as I drove out of the city half an hour later. At first, the boys had talked a little, but that had petered out after about fifteen minutes. I guessed they were all too full from breakfast. Suddenly, Lydia let out a small cry. "What… Continue reading Time Gone By – Part 3 – Science Fiction
Words live in our minds, We add new ones throughout life, Faithful friends always.
Dear Visitors, A thousand people, Have come to my site looking, For entertainment. You are each precious, And I'll never forget you, As long as I live. Thank you for coming, Even when I started out, You encouraged me. To the next thousand, The next one and the next ten, You're inspiration. Yours truly, Hyacinth… Continue reading A Letter to My Website Visitors
I think that horror is one of the most flexible genres. You can do anything you want, and often, little or no research is required. I do have a tip for you, though. It's easy for a horror story to sound like a catalog of events. Each one is scary, but if you pile terrible… Continue reading Genres: Tips for Writing Horror
Pieces of our lives, Are glued together in ways, That make new stories.
A grandma. Four kids. They're all going camping this summer, sometimes they don't get along, and they might be called upon to help stop something terrible -- if there's time. Part 1 of Time Gone By was posted on July 3, and a new part will go up every second Friday.
As of Saturday, August 1, I'm changing up what I post each day. Please refer to my Accountability page for more information. I'm also thinking about redesigning my Home page. For now, it's my Books page, and this Blog can be found in the navigation menu.
This is a work of fiction. "Dad, we're—" He looks at his watch and says, "Oh, it's 9:30. Somebody's coming at ten to see how Mona's doing." Before I can ask him if he has any pretzels or chocolate in his home office, he runs into the kitchen, comes back with the broom, and tries… Continue reading Lockdown – Part 2 – Horror Fiction
I was working on a book and wrote the word "tombstone." Then I started to wonder why "tomb" rhymes with "gloom" and doesn't sound like "Tom." According to Wiktionary, "tomb" was borrowed from Old French into Middle English, and since I understand neither Middle English spelling nor pronunciation, I don't know why the o, but… Continue reading Tomb
Dear Books, During the last ten or so years, I've been hearing people say that printed books are on the decline, due to the rise of eBooks. I don't think the trend has continued as fast as initially predicted, and I think that some printed books will always be produced. I don't believe it when… Continue reading A Letter to Books
Sci-fi can be a difficult genre to write in, so here are a few tips. Know your science. I once wrote a sci-fi story in which there was a temperature of minus a thousand degrees. Such a temperature does not exist. Yes, you're allowed to change things, but it's better to know how the real… Continue reading Genres: Tips for Writing Science Fiction
Snowflakes flutter down, Flung indiscriminately, By God's loving hands.
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I'm working on children's books, and I've created a second website for them. Please visit Hyacinth Grey's Books for Young Readers (www.hgb4yr.com) for details.
This is a work of fiction. "Let's see if we can find those boys," I said. I'd already seen they weren't in the kitchen, so I walked by the bathroom, but the door was open and nobody was inside. Next was the office, but that was locked, so they couldn't have gotten in there. Time… Continue reading Time Gone By – Part 2 – Science Fiction
Somebody used the word "tiny" in a tweet, and it sparked this post. Interestingly, the word "tiny" may relate to the tines of a fork. They are quite small, although I personally wouldn't call them tiny. I read the definition of "tine," and discovered, to my surprise, that it can be used as an adjective,… Continue reading Tiny
To the virus: I don't like you. After thinking about you for a few minutes, I've realized that when it comes down to facts, you're neither good nor evil. I want to hate you, to despise you, and to destroy you with the depth of my dislike for you. You've made a great many people… Continue reading A Letter to COVID-19
There is a huge variety of genres from which to choose before you sit down to write some fiction. Here's how to pick them. You will probably hear the suggestion to write in a genre you read a lot. I don't have a problem with this, but why limit yourself? If you have an idea… Continue reading How to Pick Genres to Write in
Over the mountains, An ocean lies waiting for, You to explore it.
Rita is offered a choice: either stay in the job she hates, or take a chance. The Choice was the first piece of short fiction that I published on this blog. Check it out, and find out what Rita chooses... and the consequences of that choice.
I'm very excited about NaNoWriMo this year. Please check out this post to learn why. If you've read it before, you'll notice it's been updated.
This is a work of fiction, and was inspired by this Tweet from Mims the Word. The street light I can see from my window is broken. I'm nineteen, and Dad took away my nightlight when I was ten. We're in lockdown, but I'm a lot more afraid of the dark than of COVID-19. That's… Continue reading Lockdown – Part 1 – Horror Fiction
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A Letter to FriesenPress A Letter to Nonfiction A Letter to Short Fiction A Letter to the Pacific Ocean
Due to illness (not COVID-19), much of what I post this week will be previous content. I had a lot of fun with How to Overcome the Fear of Plotholes in Your Fiction, and A Couple of Great Reasons to Write Fiction. I hope to be back next week with new stuff.
Let's help each other, Encouragement means a lot, As we live our lives.
This tweet by @mims_words and the comments are great "resources" if you want to fire off writing insults, but be warned. If you go on the attack with these, expect it right back and so, so much worse. I will never use these on you and request the same courtesy. They are great and I… Continue reading Writing Community Insults
🇺🇸 Happy Fourth of July!
This is a work of fiction. It was a crisp July day and everybody was complaining that summer wasn't acting very summery, but the cool air was perfect for the day ahead with my grandkids: Curly (Benjamin), Sammy (Samuel), Freckles (David), and Lydia. She was like me in that we were both girls, shared the… Continue reading Time Gone By – Part 1 – Science Fiction
I'm having some book covers created by David Collins of DC Cover Creations, and I pay in British pounds. I started thinking about the names of various currencies, and what they mean. The penny. Well, pennies are old, and I don't mean just sort of old. The word has a Proto-Germanic origin and there are… Continue reading The Penny, the Dollar, and the Pound
🇨🇦 Dear FriesenPress, Happy Canada Day! You are my favorite self-publishing company ever, and thanks to being able to work with your great team, I have a 294-page reason to celebrate year round! I look forward to publishing more books with you. Yours truly, Hyacinth Grey