Books, Previous Post Saturday

Get the eBook of Wounded Bride Today!

The best place to get Wounded Bride in eBook format is from the FriesenPress Online Bookstore. Why? You get three different formats with one purchase.EPUB - almost every eReader and app can read EPUB files.Mobi - this format is for Kindle devices and apps.PDF - this filetype can be opened on most computers, tablets, and… Continue reading Get the eBook of Wounded Bride Today!

Horror Fiction, Short Stories

Lockdown – Part 3 – Horror Fiction

This is a work of fiction. "Your order has been placed," the salesman says. "Thanks. When will it be delivered?" "You should get it in about a month." "A month? I need it for college now." The line clicks. He's hung up on me! I call back to speak to somebody in customer service. After… Continue reading Lockdown – Part 3 – Horror Fiction

Writing Advice, Writing Wednesday

Writing Wednesday: How to Show Your Readers a Story

"Show, don't tell," is frequent writing advice. Even though we say "tell me a story," showing a story is what many writers aim for, and in this post, I'll show you some examples of how to make your writing less "telly." Remove adverbs from dialog attributions. "I'm so excited to see you!" she said excitedly.… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: How to Show Your Readers a Story

Change-it-up-Tuesday

Nothing’s Blocking Me! – using the coolest WordPress Editor

To start "change-it-up Tuesday," I thought it might be fun to begin a new weekly feature using the WordPress Block Editor. My computer's pretty old and a little "crashy," so I use the WordPress app on an iPhone. The app doesn't quite match the desktop version for power yet, but they add things all the… Continue reading Nothing’s Blocking Me! – using the coolest WordPress Editor

Science Fiction, Short Stories

Time Gone By – Part 3 – Science Fiction

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

Haiku, Letters

A Letter to My Website Visitors

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

Horror Fiction, Short Stories

Lockdown – Part 2 – Horror Fiction

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

Genres, Science Fiction, Writing, Writing Advice, Writing Process

Genres: Tips for Writing Science Fiction

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

Science Fiction, Short Stories

Time Gone By – Part 2 – Science Fiction

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

Horror Fiction, Short Stories

Lockdown – Part 1 – Horror Fiction

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

Science Fiction, Short Stories

Time Gone By – Part 1 – Science Fiction

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

Writing Prompt Thursday

The Penny, the Dollar, and the Pound

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

Writing Advice

A Couple of Great Reasons to Write Fiction

Lots of us love to read fiction, but have you considered writing some? Here are two great reasons why you should. The news is often frightening, confusing, and bad. Some people post on blogs or social media, some write physical letters or e-mails, and some, like me, turn their fear and uncertainty into fiction. Here… Continue reading A Couple of Great Reasons to Write Fiction

Writing Advice

How to Overcome the Fear of Plotholes in Your Fiction

Are you afraid of the following: You've spent a lot of time crafting a wonderful story, but when you read it over, you find something that doesn't agree with something else -- a plothole. I'm pretty sure it happens to every writer at some point. It's certainly happened to me. The question isn't weather writers… Continue reading How to Overcome the Fear of Plotholes in Your Fiction

Writing Advice

When and How to Self-Edit Your Fiction

Should you self-edit your fiction? If so, when and how? Yes, every writer should self-edit. To do otherwise is to be untrue to your stories. No, that last statement wasn't meant as some kind of high-horsed snobbery. Self-edit and revise are synonyms, but self-edit has a further connotation of "doing it all yourself." Some writers… Continue reading When and How to Self-Edit Your Fiction

Random

Who I am, What I Do, and Where to Find Me

Hi. I'm Hyacinth Grey, and here's my About the Author page. A lot has changed since that was written for my book, Wounded Bride, so I'd like to add to it. I think the quickest way is to show you my Accountability page. There, I sketch out what I'm working on and what I'm planning.… Continue reading Who I am, What I Do, and Where to Find Me

Writing Advice

3 Tips for Fiction Writers Struggling with Setting

Setting is crucial to creating something your Readers will love, and if you struggle with it, then you're like me. Getting setting right might be easier if stories took place entirely in one location, but they seldom do, so writers have hard work ahead. We have to constantly change the scenery, move in and out… Continue reading 3 Tips for Fiction Writers Struggling with Setting

Previous Post Saturday, Short Stories

What Would You Choose? staying in a job you hated or… facing the unknown – The Choice (short fiction)

It's Saturday night, and Rita is offered a choice: either stay in the job she hates but be able to pay the bills, or reply to Matt's e-mail... The Choice Short story previously published in six parts on this blog, and when it was finished, I put it together on a page for your convenience.

Writing Advice

Writing Advice – The Long and the Short

Featured image: tranquil lake reflecting house and forest -- Photo by Tatiana Syrikova on Pexels.com There's nothing like sitting down with a thick book or tucking into one on your tablet. But at other times, you probably want something lighter. There's no reason you can't have both. Does the idea of writing a novel fill… Continue reading Writing Advice – The Long and the Short

Letters

A Letter to Nonfiction

Dear Nonfiction, Boy, you must be mad after reading last week's letter to short fiction. First I said it was fun writing something other than essay-style posts, and then I went on and on about my romantic, moon-lit relationship with fiction. Well, all of that is true, but you know what? You shouldn't have opened… Continue reading A Letter to Nonfiction

NaNoWriMo, Writing Advice

Writing Advice – Point of View

Pistol: Why, then the world's mine oyster. Which I with sword will open. William Shakespeare -- The Merry Wives of Windsor, act 2, scene 2 There are no rules about POV. That's right, there really aren't any. In this post about Starting NaNoWriMo, I said that I was struggling with third person narration in a… Continue reading Writing Advice – Point of View

Writing Advice

Writing Advice – Subject and Object Pronouns

Pronouns can be a problem, and if your book contains many instances of incorrect ones, reading it can feel as frustrating as reading a book full of typos. Here are some sample sentences. Mom bought some oranges for Lisa and I. Mom and me bought some oranges for Lisa. Lisa and I bought some oranges… Continue reading Writing Advice – Subject and Object Pronouns

Writing Advice

Writing Advice – Characters

Without characters, stories would tell very little. Would you want to pick up a book and find that the whole thing was nothing but a description of a setting, a world, or several planets? Whether you write sci-fi, fantasy, or romance, your story needs a set of characters. Don't let the magic, technology, or amazing… Continue reading Writing Advice – Characters

NaNoWriMo, Writing Advice

Writing Advice – Tell a Story

There's a lot of writing advice out there. Following some guidelines, such as the ones in my post about dialog attribution might make your writing more pleasant to read, but don't let writing advice bog you down. Things can be fixed later. There's no need to wait until your idea is perfect, or until you've… Continue reading Writing Advice – Tell a Story

Books, Letters, Random, Short Stories, Writing Advice, Writing Analysis, Writing Process

Two Weeks

I've posted something each day for the last fourteen days. I find myself wanting to harmonize the spelling of "week" and "streak," so instead of calling it a "too weak streak," I'll go with a "strong two-week streek." Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Indie April Why I Write What I've Learned The Choice… Continue reading Two Weeks

Short Stories

The Dark Tide – Part 1

This is a work of fiction. Die Religion ... ist das Opium des Volkes. Karl Marx Everyone had been called to Worship. I stood outside the temple, and waited for the doors to be opened. It was early morning, and very bright, with sunbeams reflecting off the snow that had fallen the night before. I… Continue reading The Dark Tide – Part 1

Literary Analysis, Writing Prompt Thursday

Tempo

Today's post was inspired by this writing prompt: Tempo . I've been thinking about this poem lately, so when I read the section in the above post aimed at poets, I thought of it right away. E. J. Pratt's "The Lee-Shore" is about the Atlantic Ocean, but while drafting A Letter to the Pacific Ocean… Continue reading Tempo

Letters, Random, Writing

A Letter to the Pacific Ocean

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Ocean and humans, Pacific, no more conflict, World without stories. Photo by Gantas Vaiu010diulu0117nas on Pexels.com Dear Pacific Ocean, I've been reading a book about you. It's called Pacific, and it's written by Simon Winchester. It's also Earth Day, so I guess I've been thinking about you lately. My publisher,… Continue reading A Letter to the Pacific Ocean

Writing Advice, Writing Process

Writing Advice – Dialog Attribution

You've probably heard the phrase "show, don't tell." I'd like to show you why I think this is good writing advice when you're writing dialog. Here are a few sample sentences written solely for this post. "Not again," she sighed. "My best friend forever doesn't want to talk to me anymore, and I'm completely and… Continue reading Writing Advice – Dialog Attribution

Writing Process

My Writing Space and a Question for Readers

I write best when I'm alone. Whether it's a blog post or a novel, I can write anywhere, as long as nobody else is in the room. In practice, that means my home office, where my computer lives. I don't need anything special. As long as I have a computer and am not too hot… Continue reading My Writing Space and a Question for Readers

Short Stories

The Choice – Part 6

This post is a work of fiction inspired by the Everyday Inspirations writing course from WordPress. The one-word prompt was "choice." Matthew's phone rang. Good, his new client would be ready for him. He lifted the receiver, but didn't speak. "Good morning, Mr. Reid," his secretary said. "Your nine o'clock has arrived and is in… Continue reading The Choice – Part 6

Short Stories

The Choice – Part 4

This post is a work of fiction inspired by the Everyday Inspirations writing course from WordPress. The one-word prompt was "choice." Rita looked into Matt's clear blue eyes and wanted to ask a million questions, but didn't know where to start. "How are you feeling, Rita?" His words were soft, mellow, and yet very clear.… Continue reading The Choice – Part 4

Short Stories

The Choice – Part 3

This post is a work of fiction inspired by the Everyday Inspirations writing course from WordPress. The one-word prompt was "choice." Rita asked Matt to meet her at a Starbucks the next morning. He replied almost immediately, confirming that he'd meet her there at 7:00 a.m. She tossed and turned all night long. At five,… Continue reading The Choice – Part 3

Short Stories

The Choice – Part 2

This post is a work of fiction inspired by the Everyday Inspirations writing course from WordPress. The one-word prompt was "choice." Rita tried to think who Matt might be. The older guy with sallow skin who would probably drop dead if he didn't eat some vegetables soon? Or maybe Matt was the thirtysomething black guy… Continue reading The Choice – Part 2

Short Stories

The Choice – Part 1

This post is a work of fiction inspired by the Everyday Inspirations writing course from WordPress. The one-word prompt was "choice." What to do? She looked at the clock. It was 9:24 p.m. on a rainy Saturday evening in April. Take a chance, accept his invitation, or pretend his e-mail didn't exist and go back… Continue reading The Choice – Part 1

Books

GiveAway – Ten Apple Books / iBooks gift codes to get Wounded Bride

Cover image of Wounded Bride by Hyacinth Grey It starts on: Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific. Entries close on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific. All you need to enter is to go on Twitter and retweet something about this giveaway. One entry per Twitter account, but multiple retweets are… Continue reading GiveAway – Ten Apple Books / iBooks gift codes to get Wounded Bride

Books

Wounded Bride now available from more Booksellers

Cover image of Wounded Bride Wounded Bride is now available from more Booksellers. To get a list, please visit my Buy Wounded Bride page. I'll update that list as Booksellers add Wounded Bride to their offerings. This requires me to search for my book manually, so if you find Wounded Bride somewhere not listed on… Continue reading Wounded Bride now available from more Booksellers