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Identity is, Something each one of us has, Must each be alone?
On June 9, 2020, I posted a piece of writing advice.When and How to Self-Edit
Write just the first line, Then continue the process, To the bitter end.
Water flowing swift, Takes me where it wants to lead, To a better me.
I was going to do a “post on this day last year,” but last June 6 was just a promotional post about “The Dark Tide,” and that story needs a lot of revision before I can repost it. So, instead of revisiting the same day last year, I went back to June 1, 2020, andContinue reading “June Haikus”
Stars pin-point the sky, Like characters in a book, We haven’t read yet.
The answer is that there’s plenty. Writing is like a puzzle. All the pieces are mixed up in the box, and a finished puzzle (published book) seems a thousand miles away. Actually writing, either by pen or by keyboard, will get you only about a quarter of the way assembled and ready to go. AnotherContinue reading “What could there be to writing more than writing itself? Inspiratioin, perspiration, and beyond.”
When the moon shines bright, And night is still all around, Hope and goodness rise.
Singing in the trees, Laughter from the ground below, Carefree things we miss.
Time’s not on my side, When I try to do what I, Want to accomplish.
This is the same as yesterday, but in a different direciton. The other one started at the A end of the alphabet, and this one starts at the Z end. They both have excerpts on, so you can decide what interests you before you open it up.
I don’t have any new content for today, so I thought I’d share some of my previous posts. There’s a small excerpt, so you can decide which one(s) interest you before opening it/them.
When I’m deep in words, Hours can go by without, My being aware. Is it kind of sad? That life can go by so fast, While we write of it.
A year ago today, I posted this haiku. Prompt (first word that popped into my head): find A computer screen, The mind wishing to know things, Hands on the keyboard.
Here’s your pillow soft, And your bed in darkness lies, See you at first light.
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I haven’t posted about my plans for books lately. I’m still working on the illustrations for “Our Place: Monica and Brad Start School.” I hate the idea of not blogging every day, but I’m starting to think I might need to change my schedule in order to have enough energy to revise my next bookContinue reading “Update on my Writing”
I like to write fiction. Rather than linking to my free fiction page, which I’m in the process of rebuilding, I’d like to share this tag page with you. Because I may have used the fiction tag on some of my posts about Wounded Bride, which is not free, it might show up on thatContinue reading “From the Archives: free fiction”
Sudden change might be, Scary but it also brings, Opportunity.
This is a work of fiction. Laine must have read the article on Friday. Poor Laine. Even though she’d said she didn’t like him, it was possible she actualy did like Arnie, the man who’d gotten the night off while she’d had to work. I needed to talk to her, but first, I was goingContinue reading “The Basket – Part 4”
In January 2021, I published a post about part of my tagline: the Indie way. It is still the only way for me, and I wanted to share this post from the archives, but when I reread it, I realized it needed to be updated. Here you go! When I first started blogging, I didn’tContinue reading “Update: What Does “The Indie Way” Mean?”
When it’s time to go, And the sunset’s beautiful, Gladly head for home.
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This is a work of fiction. “Do you think you’re going to be okay?” Mercy asks. We’re sitting at the kitchen table, eating lunch. She’s still smiling from our fun, but she also looks worried. “I feel fine, so maybe I won’t get it.” “I really hope you don’t.” She takes a bite of herContinue reading “Isolation – Part 6”
With that sense of right, Save and then flick out the light, Story has been told.
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Birdsong in the light, Smell of coffee fresh and clean, Call us to the day.
I need to revise “The Dark Tide,” and one of the problems I have with the original story is about names. “The Dark Tide” is fantasy, and that is a genre devoured by names. There are two reasons for this: fantasy generally has a lot of characters who each need a name, and those namesContinue reading “Still working on The Dark Tide and names”
This is a work of fiction. “The floors above ground are public,” Red says as she opens the palace door. “This is the hall.” I step in and see a rectangular room with a bare wood floor. Tables and chairs are stacked against the left-hand wall. There’s no art on the walls, no chandeliers hangingContinue reading “In Life – Part 15 – Sci-Fi Fantasy”
An idea is born, If it doesn’t write itself, Put somewhere to keep.
I’ve written a fair number of letters, and I’d like to share them with you. The link will take you to the category page with all of them. I used to have favorites, but I don’t anymore. I think they all say what I want to say to the recipients, so that makes picking theContinue reading “From the Archives: Letters”
To all those who give, Us the nurturing we need, Happy Mother’s Day!
Stories write themselves, In a way that leaves no doubt, Magic does exist.
Last July, I started writing some science fiction. Twenty-nine story parts later, I’m still writing “Time Gone By.” I’ve put all the links to the blog posts and the podcast episodes in one place.
Short and sweet, strange, or philosophical.
Well, the Force was certainly with me yesterday. It seems to have given me an idea for a story. The title will be Fill ‘er with Premium, and the story will feature Maria Mateo, the lead detective in my novel, Wounded Bride. How much will it cost? Unlike the novel, the story will be free.Continue reading “A Story Idea”
I’ve done NaNoWriMo twice now, and am looking forward to my third November novel. I don’t know what genre I want to write in, nor do I know if I want to post as I write, post after completion, or turn it into a book for purchase. It’s May the Fourth be with you day,Continue reading “Thinking about NaNoWriMo 2021”
It is time to think, Of flowers blooming brightly, To give us some hope.
Back in late January or so, I announced an e-mail newsletter. For a while, I had a subscribe form on each post and page. I’ve decided not to start a newsletter after all. If you’re interested in the reasons, there are two of them. 1. People weren’t subscribing. 2. I wasn’t sure if I’d haveContinue reading “No Newsletter”
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This is a work of fiction. Chapter 3 My day wasn’t over. I played and swam until nearly six. I was starving, and didn’t feel like having to drive home first. I went to my car to get some of the leftover salad, but there wasn’t any. Oops. I must have given it all toContinue reading “Ruth – Part 3”
This is a work of fiction. My sister really was too thin. As soon as I saw her, I couldn’t believe I’d ever thought her weight was normal. “What?” she said sharply. “What are you looking at?” “I’m sorry,” I said. “I just . . . well, I never thought I’d see you like this.”Continue reading “The Basket – Part 3”
This is a work of fiction. Chapter 2 Well, I had been thinking about the beach, so that was where I was going. I supposed it wasn’t the nicest thing to do, considering Jason was probably having to comfort Ruth and listen to Tracey crying (could little babies grieve?), but it was too hot andContinue reading “Ruth – Part 2”
This is a work of fiction. Before any of us could say a word, a different server rushed up to Adelle’s table. “Good evening,” she said. “Are you ready to order?” I thought Adelle was going to send her away, but she smiled frostily and said, “Sam, do you know what you’re having?” He did,Continue reading “Time Gone By – Part 29 – Science Fiction”
This is a work of fiction. Over the next few days, Mercy gets worse, and then she starts to get better. I spend the time bringing her water and then soup, cleaning, and working on paintings. I don’t ask her about Eva. I also don’t ask her if she wants to call anybody. I’ve seenContinue reading “Isolation – Part 5”
This is a work of fiction. In life. When they use their 3D printer, people get in life. I remember asking what the noise was last night. The printer. It must have been the 3D printer, bringing Goldensword Harvestmoon in life. I’m sure I can ask, but I don’t want to talk to anyone. IContinue reading “In Life – Part 14 – Sci-Fi Fantasy”
This is the last haiku of April. For the next six days, I’ll be posting story parts. Each story’s a gift, And together they add up, To give us all worlds.
With the color pink, Paint so many pretty things, And not just for girls.
When we write we are, Putting pieces of ourselves, Into a bottle.
We resemble flies, Buzzing on our planet’s corpse, Except we can love.
A first draft might be, Great to begin with but all, Will need revising.
For today and the next five days, I plan to post a haiku. I’m having some problems with my computer (no data loss), so it might delay things, but I hope I’ll be able to post a story part on the last six days of April. If you get the call, In an instant ofContinue reading “Haiku – April 19”
This is a work of fiction. “Eva!” My eyes fly open. I look at the clock. It’s 1:01 a.m. “EEEE-VA!” Mercy is screaming, but her voice is so dry and cracked, I’m afraid she’s going to damage her throat if I can’t calm her down. “Eva! Where are you?” I wish I knew who EvaContinue reading “Isolation – Part 4”
This is a work of fiction. I follow Red through the opening in the wall and out into the sunshine. We’re on a path that appears to be made of some kind of stones. On either side of it, there are trees and bushes. In front of us, there’s a low, wooden building, and RedContinue reading “In Life – Part 13 – Sci-Fi Fantasy”
Today was supposed to be a story part, but I was delayed, so I’ve decided to post a haiku today and a story part tomorrow. Up on a shelf there, Is a book waiting to be, Read and loved again.
Imagination, Is the root of good fiction, Publish its flowers.
This is a work of fiction. We swam until it was time for lunch. The hotel restaurant was quite busy, and we had to wait for a table. “I’m starving,” Freckles said. “Me too,” Lydia said. “No you’re not,” Sammy said. “Starving means you don’t ever get any food.” “It does mean you don’t haveContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 28 – Science Fiction”
When it’s time to write, Pen or keyboard either way, Do not hesitate.
This is a work of fiction. I started writing this story as part of this post about writing dialog. I’ve revised it and added more. Prolog “I told you,” Jason said. “I’m not coming home, so don’t pester me.” Pester him? As if I were a whiny little kid. The whole thing made me bothContinue reading “Ruth – Part 1”
Tiny crowds within, Our bodies that we won’t know, Without microscopes.
This is a work of fiction. “Would you like me to call an ambulance?” Mercy shakes her head. “Would you like to sleep in my guest room?” “Please,” she whispers. Thank goodness there’s one on the main floor. I’ve been setting it up for when Mom, Dad, and Mona come to visit. So far, there’sContinue reading “Isolation – Part 3”
The secret of love, Is giving and receiving, Without possessing.
This is a work of fiction. “What time do you need to go back downstairs?” Grace asks. “Not until about ten.” “Oh good. I haven’t talked frankly with anybody except Peter and the kids since before we moved here.” “I don’t understand.” “My customers are wonderful, but if they knew, they might not be.” “IfContinue reading “In Life – Part 12 – Sci-Fi Fantasy”
If I write nothing, My characters will be hurt, And so I must write.
This is a work of fiction. Unfortunately, swimming didn’t last long. We’d all been enjoying ourselves for about fifteen minutes, when two boys about Curly’s age entered the pool area. Behind them, there was a blonde woman whom I took to be their mom. Freckles was climbing up onto the diving board, and I wasContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 27 – Science Fiction”
Stories always change, From idea to finished work, Don’t get too attached.
This is a work of fiction. I jumped off the couch and ran to my fallen sister. I barely noticed the book and my project hitting the floor. I wasn’t fast enough to catch her, but she didn’t hit her head on the way down. I checked for a pulse. There was none. She wasn’tContinue reading “The Basket – Easter Weekend”
Writing fiction is, Having empathy with those, Who do not exist.
This is a work of fiction. The Basket Good Friday Laine found the body. We always visited Grandma at Easter. At Christmas she came to our parents’ house, and at other times of the year we visited her, but Easter was special. We normally went on Thursday and stayed three nights. I’m sure it startedContinue reading “The Basket – Good Friday”
April is both National Poetry Month and Indie Author Month. Each day throughout the month, I’ll post a haiku, a story part, or both. Full of creation, Restful beauty or darkness, Deep human nature.
Chapter 24: Susan It’s November 25, and I still haven’t decided what to do about tomorrow. I do have to work, but I’m considering quitting my job. The smell of the cleaners is starting to make me feel sick, and the pay’s been cut to less than minimum wage. I really don’t like the kindContinue reading “NaNoWriMo 2020 Romance Novel Chapter 24”
Chapter 23: Melanie I hear Martin’s car in the garage, and then he comes into the house. “Hi,” I call. He comes into the living room. He’s pale. “Are you okay?” “I feel like a criminal.” “What?” “In a way, I am one. I just got a speeding ticket.” “Joseph gets those sometimes. Mom yellsContinue reading “NaNoWriMo 2020 Romance Novel Chapter 23”
Chapter 22: Martin Well, today’s the day. I need to make sure Melanie doesn’t see the paper. One of us normally gets it and puts it in the living room. I have to work, and it’s my turn to make breakfast. I won’t have time to sit and read the paper, so I can’t takeContinue reading “NaNoWriMo 2020 Romance Novel Chapter 22”
Chapter 21: Susan It’s been thirty days since the summons was published in the paper. Even through a lawyer, I’m not going to communicate with Martin. Besides, a lawyer would need to know my address, and I don’t trust anybody anymore. I’ve seen Matthew a couple of times. We went to McDonald’s. We talked. WeContinue reading “NaNoWriMo 2020 Romance Novel Chapter 21”
Chapter 20: Melanie Martin still doesn’t like the idea of a guy doing my ultrasound, so I reschedule it for when he’s at work. “I won’t ask for any information without you there. But they need to do this.” The person doing the ultrasound is a woman. She’s brusk and business-like. In fact, she doesn’tContinue reading “NaNoWriMo 2020 Romance Novel Chapter 20”
Listen to Podcast Episode The Christmas Room This is a work of fiction. This story has two endings. This blog post and podcast episode contains the entire story. The Beginning The tree was at least twenty feet tall. How such a gigantic pine had been uprooted, transported, and set up there without any apparent damage,Continue reading “The Christmas Room – complete story”
Chapter 19: Susan There’s a problem with my idea to tell Matthew what he’s done. I don’t want to go to his place ever again. And in spite of her promise, I’m afraid that my doctor might call Martin about me. She doesn’t know my new address, but I gave her my new number whenContinue reading “NaNoWriMo 2020 Romance Novel Chapter 19”
Chapter 16: Martin “We need to be a team.” That’s what Melanie has just said. Well, of course we need to be a team. We’ll be the greatest team ever. I say this out loud, and she smiles. “What does being a team mean to you?” she asks. “Huh?” “What do you see us doingContinue reading “NaNoWriMo 2020 Romance Novel Chapter 16”
Chapter 15: Matthew I don’t think too many people believe in love at first sight. I know I didn’t used to. Now I do. I don’t even know her name yet, but I know that I love her. Dad would say I’m bonkers. Mom would say I’m nuts. Both would ask: how can you loveContinue reading “NaNoWriMo 2020 Romance Novel Chapter 15”
Chapter 10: Martin Susan looks at me blankly. Wow, she must really be tired. No problem. I’ll help her out. “You’ve been so upbeat lately, and your skin is really glwoing. So I thought, well, could you be expecting?” “What? You mean like expecting a baby? No way.” She laughs. “All that stuff about pregnantContinue reading “NaNoWriMo 2020 Romance Novel Chapter 10”
Chapter 9: Susan I keep telling people on my show that they can write, and in early December, I’m ready to revise my tenth book. I’m careful this time. After I’ve seen Martin off to work, I wash up the breakfast dishes and do any urgent housework, and then I go into my office. IContinue reading “NaNoWriMo 2020 Romance Novel Chapter 9”
Chapter 5: Susan I suppose I’ll just have to accept that he’s no longer interested in my books, if he ever was. Has our seven-year marriage been a sham? I hate to think that way, but what if it’s true? I go into the room we prepared for the child we haven’t had. It’s myContinue reading “NaNoWriMo 2020 Romance Novel Chapter 5”
Chapter 4: Martin The house smells great. Susan’s in the kitchen, putting the finishing touches on our dinner. “Hi honey,” she says. “Did you have a nice day today?” Did I? Well, the hour with Melanie was wonderful, but I wouldn’t call the rest of the day good. “I finished the book.” “Yes, I hadContinue reading “NaNoWriMo 2020 Romance Novel Chapter 4”
Last November, I wrote a romance novel in seventeen days. Some of the posts included more than one chapter. I would prefer to podcast them as individual chapters, so over the next few days, I will repost any chapters that don’t have their own post. To find the podcast episodes or the blog posts forContinue reading “Podcasting my NaNoWriMo 2020 Romance Novel”
Who tells the story? Point of view (POV) is an important topic when you start to write a piece of fiction. In Lockdown, I tell Billy’s story in the first person. I’m curled up comfortably inside his head, feeling what he feels, hearing what he hears, and seeing what he sees. I can’t experience anyContinue reading “Writing Advice: consider point of view”
This is a work of fiction. I spend the weekend helping Dad clean the house thoroughly, moving my things to my house, visiting Mom and Mona, and shopping for groceries and other important things. Once Mom and Mona are home, I go to my house. Mom and Dad ask me to stay, but I thinkContinue reading “Isolation – Part 2 – Contemporary Fiction”
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Happiness can be, Found easily and yet we, Never stop searching.
Podcast Episode This is a work of fiction. I wanted to know what happened to Billy after the events in “Lockdown,” and being in his head was so much fun. Mom and Mona are both asleep. “What should we do now?” I ask Dad. He looks exhausted, and I hope he’ll decide to go homeContinue reading “Isolation – Part 1 – Contemporary Fiction”
April is both National Poetry Month and Indie Author Month. On April 1 I promise not to try to fool you. I plan to post a haiku on the odd numbered days, and a story part on the others. What I haven’t decided yet is which story or stories I will work on, so thatContinue reading “A Preview of April”
Gray is in the clouds, And old buildings standing near, My hair feels their age.
Podcast Episode This is a work of fiction inspired by a Tweet by @mims_words about vampires during lockdown. It was published in ten parts on this blog, and those can be heard as separate podcast episodes, but I thought you might like to read or listen to all of it at once. Here you go.Continue reading “Lockdown – Horror Fiction – Complete Story”
Time will always win, We cannot live forever, Yet we do in love.
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In the color red, Danger courage warnings blood, And delicious fruit.
With the color blue, Draw the sky and water too, Why should blue mean sad?
I haven’t written a letter in a while, and I don’t have anything new for today, so now is the perfect time to link to all my previous letters.
What if they say yes? Then a journey will begin, Is that good or bad?
Last year, I wrote “The Dark Tide” in ten parts on this blog. Recently, I removed it from my free fiction page because it needs a lot of revision and I wasn’t sure if I was going to post the revised story, or give it away to thank people for subscribing to my blog and/orContinue reading “Coming Soon: revised version of The Dark Tide”
When I sent Wounded Bride to be edited, the book was full of long sections consisting of nothing but characters talking to each other. In that story, the detectives talk to suspects, and you’d expect there to be lots of dialog, but it should be broken up by actions, sentences about what your characters areContinue reading “Writing Advice: Break up long sections of dialog, and an accidental story”
Under the full moon, You can believe anything, Or nothing at all.
This is a work of fiction. “I’d like to be up there,” Curly said in a low voice. “On her diving board?” I asked. He shook his head and pointed. High up on the third floor of the house, right above where the diving board was, there was a balcony. “You could see people divingContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 26 – Science Fiction”
Lazy afternoons, Spent sitting outside with you, Are just what I need.
Over the next few days, I plan to change up my website a little bit. The biggest change will be the Home page, which will go from static page to blog page. Another change will be on my free fiction page, where I will remove “The Dark Tide.” That story will still be somewhere inContinue reading “Website Updates and Free Fiction”
This is a work of fiction inspired by the Everyday Inspiration writing course from WordPress.com. The one-word prompt was “choice.” It was published in six blog posts in April 2020. Each post was fairly short, so I’ve combined them into one for a podcast episode. The Choice What to do? She looked at the clock.Continue reading “The Choice”
Yesterday, I shared a post from the WordPress.com blog about podcasting with Anchor. Now I’ve got my very own podcast. It’s all about my free fiction. So far, I’ve created one episode, which is the first part of my science fiction story “Time Gone By.” Once I have podcasting figured out, I’ll probably create aContinue reading “Podcast!”
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Once upon a time, Before coronavirus, Life seemed so normal.
My husband Michael and I are working on a series of books about Monica and Brad, a set of blind twins who are just starting kindergarten. I tell the story, and Michael explains how braille works. To learn more, please visit: Hyacinth Grey’s Books for Young Readers.
Unwritten stories, Languish in a Writer’s mind, They must be told soon.
Tiny spark of life, One cell searching for a womb, To become our hope.
Surf pounds on the beach, Sunrise just an hour away, Be ready for life.
I’d like to share my past writing advice posts with you. I’ve talked about the writing process, from ideas to publication, and also about more technical things like dialog. Remember, the most important thing about writing is writing itself. Unlike fear itself, writing need not be feared, although sometimes it’s hard not to. Maybe I’llContinue reading “From the Archives: writing advice”
I just spent a while working on my website for young Readers, and during that time, I was live chatting with a WordPress.com Happiness Engineer. I would never be able to say that WordPress is the only good web-hosting company out there, but it is the only one that I’ve used that I also love.Continue reading “I recommend WordPress.com to every Indie Author”
Love’s really something, Like a rainbow it is all, That is good for us.
I don’t usually have trouble starting a blog post or a story, but lately, I’ve been confronted by an empty document, an empty blog post, and a mind that feels bereft of ideas. I would love to hear from you. What kind of content would you like to read? Please leave your suggestions in theContinue reading “The Empty Screen”
I don’t have anything new to post today. Please check out my fairly large collection of haiku poetry.
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If there is a chance, To do some good for others, Take it for yourself.
I love sharing WordPress blog posts about new features. Here you go! Figma — one of the most popular and fastest growing digital design tools today — was recently voted “the most exciting design tool of 2021.” In many… Showcase Your Figma Designs on WordPress P2
Technology is, The way forward but also, Very frustrating.
Birdsong a flower, Fresh with early morning dew, The night has been long.
To subscribe, please fill out the form at the end of this post. 3. It’ll land right in your Inbox. No need to do anything. It’ll just be there. 2. I’ll share announcements about upcoming books. You’ll be among the first to know what I’m working on, and there’ll probably be more detail than you’llContinue reading “Why Subscribe to my Newsletter?”
Voices of loved ones, And a body of water, Good useful advice.
I’d love to hear from you. It’s nowhere near November yet, but I’m already thinking about what I might write for NaNoWriMo 2021. What genre would you like me to write? Please fill out this form. The genre will be announced on May 15, 2021. You have until April 30, 2021 at 11:59 PDT toContinue reading “NaNoWriMo 2021 – What genre would you like me to write?”
Birds soar making us look graceless but our imagination flies high.
The vaccines will come, Now we must wait patiently, For that to occur.
I don’t have any new content for you today, but I’ve got the Latest Posts block! Browse and have fun.
Stories are full of action, so verbs are important, but don’t let that worry you. When I start a story, I have a choice of writing in the past tense, or in the present tense. Both are great, but both have advantages and disadvantages. The choice shouldn’t bog you down. Pick one. You can changeContinue reading “Writing Advice: no need to be tense about verbs!”
This is a work of fiction. “Where should we eat?” I asked. “McDonald’s,” Sammy said. The rest of us shook our heads. “Why do you always do that?” Sammy said, giving me an accusing look. “Do what?” “Ask where we want to eat but never listen to me.” “Because we don’t all want to goContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 25 – Science Fiction”
Time has its strange ways, Through unhappy times it slows, Good times go too fast.
An eight-minute walk, If you could travel by light, Sun’s both far and near.
This is a work of fiction. The drive to the airport was a long one, and by the time we arrived, I was thoroughly sick of hearing Freckles ask, “Are we there yet?” As I stepped out of the van, I had the strange feeling that my phone was going to ring and it wouldContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 24 – Science Fiction”
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I seem to be obsessed with word count. I don’t mean that I worry about my stories having specific word counts, but I keep wondering how many words long a story is. “How many words?” is the first question I have when people talk about their writing. Many years ago, when I first started tryingContinue reading “A Word about Word Count in Fiction”
We’ve got back cover copy! The Illustrator is working on the pictures. Our Place: Monica and Brad Start School is for people about age five. For more information, check out Hyacinth Grey’s Books for Young Readers.
Tomorrow it will, Be one year since FriesenPress, Published Wounded Bride.
Since starting in April 2020, I’ve finished five pieces of free fiction, and two are in progress. All of them can be found on my fiction page. To help you decide which one to read first, here are short descriptions of all of them. The Choice Rita hates her job, and an e-mail she receivesContinue reading “Need a Distraction? I offer free fiction on this website”
A white church stands still, Silently asking us to, Be kind to ourselves.
I’m back! Well, I haven’t been gone, but my website has been down while I worked on a few things. One of those things is an e-mail newsletter, and there’s a form to subscribe at the end of this post. If you’d like to read what I’ve been posting while the site’s been down, justContinue reading “Up and running again and a Newsletter”
Why do I think say that WordPress is the best? I love their plan options. They offer everything from a free website with ads to pay for it, all the way up to an eCommerce plan for online stores. In the middle, they’ve got Personal, Premium, and Business plans to cover everyone’s needs. What’s moreContinue reading “Opinion: WordPress is the best web-hosting company there is”
Trust is the key that, Unlocks the door to friendship, Do you change the lock?
When I first started blogging, I didn’t have a clear idea of what I was trying to accomplish. I mostly just wanted a website to share information about my self-published book(s). A blog was just something WordPress.com gave you automatically, whether you wanted one or not, and I hadn’t been planning on using it much.Continue reading “What Does “the Indie way” Mean?”
Great white banks of snow, Frosting heaped on a cake that, Only nature bakes.
What we build right now, Is a foundation for the, Dreams of the future.
Thank you to all those, Who share good things with us all, You brighten my day.
Dear Readers, Starting January 13, I’m going to be doing some maintenance on my site, and although I don’t know how long it will take, I’m hoping not much more than a week. When it’s back up, everything will mostly be the same, and I intend to post something every day. Yours truly, Hyacinth Grey
Time is a monster, That takes from us all we love, But gives us that love.
Poisoned images, Work their way into our hearts, What are we sharing?
Finishing things up, Means less time for the moment, But more time later.
If you work hard now, You will be much rewarded, But when is unknown.
When we do damage, Most things can be fixed but not, Always in our hearts.
Wind and snow blowing, Gray sky will bring a lot more, Till this is over.
Cultivate goodness, It will reward all of us, But maybe not now.
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A clear sky today, Share that clarity with those, Who long for answers.
This is a work of fiction. The sounds aren’t getting any louder or closer. My phone is somewhere on the floor in the dark, and I don’t want to take the chance of getting up and trying to find it. Time passes, but I have no idea how much. I lie awake, unwilling to takeContinue reading “In Life – Part 11 – Sci-Fi Fantasy”
To all my Readers, Happy twenty twenty-one, Good fortune to you.
A sad year has gone, Too many people have died, May they rest in peace.
With the year 2020 about to become the year 2021, I’m starting to think about finishing up old projects and starting new ones. That goes for all kinds of projects, from cleaning the house to trying new foods, but since this website is mostly about writing, I’d like to talk about the beginning and theContinue reading “Writing: endings and beginnings”
This is a work of fiction. “What’s that?” Freckles asked, pointing to the steering wheel of the old car which had been mounted on the wall beside the dashboard. Something that looked like an electical spark was moving slowly around. “I don’t really know, but it’s not dangerous. I can put my hands all overContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 23 – Science Fiction”
January comes, And with it no fixed topics, For daily blog posts.
This is a work of fiction. Thud! My eyes fly open. It’s dark. Thudda chugga whoosh. I sit up on the couch and look around, but I can’t see anything. Chugga whoosh thud! What’s going on? I grope for the end table. Where is my phone? Is there a burglar in here? I touch theContinue reading “In Life – Part 10 – Sci-Fi Fantasy”
This is a work of fiction. Louisa took a small red device from her pocket and pressed a button. A man’s voice filled the room. “This is Radio United States, the only radio you need, and the only one there is. “News report. “Not much has happened recently. We’ve put down a few dogs, butContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 22 – Science Fiction”
This is a work of fiction. The house is quiet. One of the stockings has my name on it. It’s right beside Dylan’s. All of them bulge with presents. The pile of gifts under the tree blocks quite a few of the lower branches. I look at some of the tags on them. They’re inContinue reading “The Christmas Room – Ending 2”
A dark cold stable, A Baby is born today, Be a kid again.
Dear Christmas, I think a lot of people are conflicted about you and religion in the 21st century. The love of God has both inspired people to do good, and turned some hands to do wrong. A free country is one in which people should not be afraid to believe, and they should be comfortableContinue reading “A Letter to Christmas”
Shepherds saw angels, From Heaven hallelujah, Do not be afraid.
Gabriel comes down, To see Mary and tell her, She will be Christ’s Mom.
This is a work of fiction. The pizza is wonderful, but I’ll have to go on a diet for the next year to offset the calories consumed. I’m also disappointed that the quadruplets don’t allow me to meet their parents. Purple takes a tray up to them, and I don’t hear anything they say, becauseContinue reading “In Life – Part 9 – Sci-Fi Fantasy”
This is a work of fiction. I shook my head. “No. We’re not going to LA.” “But you have to—” I held up my hand. “Stop right there. I’m responsible for four children, five cats, and two dogs. We’re not going to LA.” “I want to go in the time machine,” Freckles said. “No youContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 21 – Science Fiction”
This is a work of fiction. I listen. The house is quiet. The room is full of light. I walk over to the wall where all the stockings are hanging. One of them has my name on it. When I was a kid, I used to wish for mountains of presents. I walk across theContinue reading “The Christmas Room – Ending 1 – Contemporary Fiction”
When the winds blow strong, And deep snow is on the ground, Our hearts grow warmer.
When you need an idea, but there don’t seem to be any in your head. This happens to me fairly often. I wouldn’t say I get Writer’s Block, but sometimes I just don’t have any ideas for a blog post. This mostly happens with nonfiction topics. When this occurs, I often just start typing. ForContinue reading “The Writing Process: When you need an idea but”
Summertime so far, In the future it seems like, It will never come. Time is weird this year, Pandemic’s on our shoulders, One day it will lift.
Thinking of you all, Today the memory of, Your deaths brings sadness. You should be fourteen, Doing school online with Zoom, Along with your peers. I keep thinking of, The gifts under those trees that, You never opened.
This is a work of fiction. The next screen asks for eye and hair color. “Blue eyes and blond hair.” If I imagine marrying somebody, it’s a man with blue eyes and blond hair. Blue taps the relevant buttons. A large green START button appears at the bottom of the screen. Interesting. I’m about toContinue reading “In Life – Part 8 – Sci-Fi Fantasy”
This is a work of fiction. My phone beeped. “Do you mind if I check to see who’s texting?” Louisa gestured for me to go ahead. I took the phone from my purse, being careful that the package of cigarettes didn’t show. Stacey: I’m leaving him. I’m at the airport now. Mom: What’s going on?Continue reading “Time Gone By – Part 20 – Science Fiction”
This is a work of fiction. The tree was at least twenty feet tall. How such a gigantic pine had been uprooted, transported, and set up there without any apparent damage, I had no idea. Every branch was hung with strings of great big red, green, and white lights. At the top, there was aContinue reading “The Christmas Room – Contemporary Fiction – a story with two endings”
True love is mindless, Like a jacket that just fits, What is true hatred?
Dear Letters, It’s writing Wednesday, and I used to write you on Wednesdays every week. I tried to be philosophical, funny, factual, or just plain foolish. Do you think I should bring you back as a regular feature? You know, maybe between writing advice posts? Oh, my phone’s ringing. “Hello, this is Hyacinth, who’s calling?”Continue reading “A Letter to Letters”
December morning, Warm sun in chill air speaks of, Happy beginnings.
We know what we miss, Always now but never then, Precious history.
This is a work of fiction. Today’s the day. It’s the first Saturday in August, I know how to turn on a computer and do some basic things, but I don’t know if I’m going to accept the quadruplets’ invitation. I stand in front of my closet, unsure of what to wear. If I don’tContinue reading “In Life – Part 7 – Sci-Fi Fantasy”
Don’t need a reason to buy books? Go directly to the Wounded Bride page. 3. Wounded Bride is my first book. Buying it and taking a chance might be a little like how you cheer for a rookie player on your favorite sports team. 2. It’s a hard-boiled detective, police procedural thriller, so you canContinue reading “3 Reasons to Buy a Copy of Wounded Bride today”
This is a work of fiction. “Freckles, no!” He ignored me and dashed through a gap in the fence we were passing. “Freckles!” I yelled. “Come back here right now! We’re not allowed in there.” Beside me, Lydia stopped pulling the wagon and looked at the hole in the fence. It was definitely time forContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 19 – Science Fiction”
I don’t have any new content today, but I do have this category page.
I don’t have any new content today, but I do have a lot of posts about writing.
Because I’m writing a Christmas story, there will be a few changes to my writing schedule this month. I normally post part of “Time Gone By” on Fridays, but after December 4, I’m moving it to Saturdays for three weeks. On December 11, 18, and 25, I’m posting a Christmas story that will have twoContinue reading “December Free Fiction Schedule”
Stars shine so brightly, But to us they’re mere pinpoints, Except for our sun.
This is a work of fiction. The next two weeks pass by in obscurity. I have nothing to do all day long. Worse still, I don’t feel like doing much, but I know Aunt Bev would not approve of this idleness. She’s left me her home, her money, and her legacy of love, but I’mContinue reading “In Life – Part 6 – Sci-Fi Fantasy”
The Dark Tide The gods are angry, and everybody must flee. One man cannot leave until he packs every one of his daughter’s sketches. The Dark Tide is the story of his quest to find the truth. Will the truth destroy him and everyone he loves, or will it make him and his family stronger?Continue reading “Cover Reveal: The Dark Tide – free fantasy fiction”
This is a work of fiction. The next morning, I asked Curly what he’d like to do to remember Popeye. “I guess we can’t go to camp, right?” “Not back to our camp site, but we could go hiking in the area around there.” “What about the kittens and TJ?” “I think we can leaveContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 18 – Science Fiction”
Happy Thanksgiving I’m thankful for you, my site Visitors. I’m thankful for the Internet. Without it, we would all be so much lonelier during COVID-19. I am thankful for good health, both mental and physical. I am thankful for the Teachers who taught me how to write. I’m thankful for the Editors who walk withContinue reading “Happy Thanksgiving”
It’s time. You’ve sent your manuscript to an Editor, you’ve waited while they’ve been working, and now they’ve just sent you your manuscript. Like me, you’re probably kind of nervous about opening that document. Don’t be. (No, I don’t take this advice. I’m always going to be nervous, no matter how many times I doContinue reading “Writing Advice: What to do when an Editor sends you your edited manuscript”
Dear NaNoWriMo, I’ve accepted your challenge in both 2019 and 2020. Writing a novel in thirty days has got to be fun, otherwise, why would so many people do it? In 2019, I wrote in private, so I didn’t worry about typos, plotholes, or any of the other annoying aspects of writing. I wrote theContinue reading “A Letter to NaNoWriMo”
Occasionally, Caught unaware by sunbeams, We open our eyes.
This is a work of fiction. Later that morning, I meet Adam at the church. We arrange Aunt Bev’s funeral for a Monday so that her friends from the salon won’t have to take a day off. I dread going home and calling Becky, but I know I have to. She doesn’t go to church,Continue reading “In Life – Part 5 – Sci-Fi Fantasy”
Time Gone By A free science fiction story. Right here. Lydia’s in charge of her four grandchildren for three weeks. They’re going camping and mostly having a good time, but… Somebody has invented a time machine. And has seen a terrifying glimpse of the future. A ruthless man will stop at nothing to take overContinue reading “Cover Reveal: Time Gone By”
“That little doggie isn’t even big enough to eat solid food yet,” I said. “By the time he is, he’ll love the cats and not want to hurt them, let alone eat them.” “That’s right,” the woman behind the counter said. “So if you’re sure, then you can take them all home now.” “We are,Continue reading “Time Gone By – Part 17 – Science Fiction”
There are those who say, We have the right not to wear, Masks if we so choose. Dictators once ruled, Neighbors denouncing neighbors, Hitler Stalin Mao. But Americans, Are free to love and to care, Use that freedom well.
If you go to my Fiction page, you can read my NaNoWriMo 2020 novel in seventeen posts. They’re longreads, so you might want to save them or even print them out. Some days, I wrote only one chapter, but there were a few days when I wrote two, or even three chapters. I had originallyContinue reading “NaNoWriMo in 17 days and following my own Writing Advice”
Chapter 22: Martin Well, today’s the day. I need to make sure Melanie doesn’t see the paper. One of us normally gets it and puts it in the living room. I have to work, and it’s my turn to make breakfast. I won’t have time to sit and read the paper, so I can’t takeContinue reading “Day 17”
Chapter 19: Susan There’s a problem with my idea to tell Matthew what he’s done. I don’t want to go to his place ever again. And in spite of her promise, I’m afraid that my doctor might call Martin about me. She doesn’t know my new address, but I gave her my new number whenContinue reading “Day 16”
Chapter 18: Melanie Something’s going on with Martin. There are inconsistencies in things he says and does. One thing is about cooking meals. He wanted to ask his mom to come live with us. That wouldn’t worry me, except for the house. One day when we visited her, she mentioned loving her job because sheContinue reading “Day 15”
Chapter 17: Susan I haven’t slept well the last few days. I leave work and don’t need to work tomorrow, or is that tonight, but I’m too tired to do anything. I crawl into bed. A piercing sound wakes me. What is it? It sounds like a fire alarm. My heart pounds. I leap outContinue reading “Day 14”
Chapter 15: Matthew I don’t think too many people believe in love at first sight. I know I didn’t used to. Now I do. I don’t even know her name yet, but I know that I love her. Dad would say I’m bonkers. Mom would say I’m nuts. Both would ask: how can you loveContinue reading “Day 13”
Chapter 14: Martin Melanie and I end up in her car. It smells much better than mine, but is a lot smaller. That’s not a problem. She is so much fun to be with, and the thought of going home to Susan fills me with dread, but I know I can’t stay out much pastContinue reading “Day 12”
Chapter 13: Susan Martin hardly speaks to me anymore. Living with him is like living with a ghost who can eat. Thank goodness I have my books to write and my show to do. On the second Saturday in March, Jeff calls at seven. “Hi,” he says. “I’m not feeling so great.” He doesn’t soundContinue reading “Day 11”
Chapter 12: Martin My first date with Melanie is everything I’d hoped for, except I can’t take her home with me. We step out into the freezing night and go to our separate cars. I sit in mine with the engine running and watch her drive away. I imagine myself carrying her into the bedroom,Continue reading “Day 10”
Chapter 11: Susan I’m so relieved that Martin’s not in the house breathing down my neck all the time. The Christmas-loving kid is gone, and although he was annoying, I prefer him to the quiet, sullen man I send off each morning and greet each evening. We mostly keep away from each other, and he’sContinue reading “Day 9”
Chapter 9: Susan I keep telling people on my show that they can write, and in early December, I’m ready to revise my tenth book. I’m careful this time. After I’ve seen Martin off to work, I wash up the breakfast dishes and do any urgent housework, and then I go into my office. IContinue reading “Day 8”
Chapter 8: Martin “Martin?” I recognize Connie’s voice, and she sounds worried. I look up from my desk. Luke is home with the flu, but it’s Tuesday, so I won’t be seeing Melanie today. “What’s wrong?” “My son’s sick. It seems like there’s a bad bug going around his school. I’ve called Rick, but heContinue reading “Day 7”
Chapter 7: Susan I’m so nervous, I can hardly do up the buttons on my blouse. It’s just after seven on Tuesday, and my interview at the radio station is for eight. What will they ask me? What if I fall apart and run screaming? I’ve never even called into a radio show, let aloneContinue reading “Day 6”
Chapter 6: Martin I arrive at one minute to six. There are two people in the waiting room. One of them is Rick, and the other one is a young guy I’ve never met. “Good morning!” Rick says. “This is Luke. Luke, this is Martin.” How has Rick managed to get this shift again? IContinue reading “Day 5”
Chapter 4: Martin The house smells great. Susan’s in the kitchen, putting the finishing touches on our dinner. “Hi honey,” she says. “Did you have a nice day today?” Did I? Well, the hour with Melanie was wonderful, but I wouldn’t call the rest of the day good. “I finished the book.” “Yes, I hadContinue reading “Day 4”
Chapter 3: Rick I’ve been asked to work a double shift, so I’m at work at 6:00 a.m. Amazing how many peeps are here already. I reach for my coffee and knock it over. Oh man. I look around, but don’t see any paper towels or napkins. It’s all over the desk and under theContinue reading “Day 3”
Chapter 2: Susan He’s demanding his dinner — like a spoiled kid — again. Not gonna happen. Why can’t he cook something himself if he’s really so desperate? He used to be nice. It’s getting to the point now where I’m ashamed to say I’m his wife. He used to be such a nice guy,Continue reading “Day 2”
Chapter 1: Martin Maybe I can use her books as a weapon. The idea pops into my head while I’m at work. I don’t have time to ponder, and I don’t want to risk writing something like that down, so I’ll just have to wait and hope I don’t forget. “Hey Martin!” It’s Rick. HeContinue reading “Day 1”
I’m writing a romance novel for NaNoWriMo 2020, and I’ll be posting what I’ve written that day by 9:00 p.m. Pacific time. My usual blogging schedule will be suspended until December 1, unless I finish early. Warning: there will be typos and probably plotholes. There could be swear words and descriptions of sex. Oh, andContinue reading “Starting Tomorrow, I will post what I’ve written each day for my NaNoWriMo Project”
This is a work of fiction. “What?!” Stacey screamed into my ear for the second time that day. I was starting to get a headache. “We lose our jobs and then he goes on a shopping spree? What did he buy and when?” “Calm down,” I said. “All of these transactions were made before youContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 16 – Science Fiction”
Flames crackle and burn, Keeping us warm in winter, Yet they can kill us.
As a Writer, I often find myself in a situation many people might be surprised to hear me complain about: having too many ideas. How can a Writer have too many ideas? Okay, maybe not too many, but too many to write all at once. When I wrote Wounded Bride, I had to deal withContinue reading “Writing Advice: dealing with too many ideas”
Beginnings are fun, We start something new with hope, But change is scary.
The soft earth opens, Dark and fertile giving life, To the seeds of hope. This is the last poem I’ll post until after NaNoWriMo.
This is a work of fiction. There’s hardly any traffic on the way home. As soon as I walk through the front door, I take off my shoes, go to my room, change into my old pyjamas, and lie down on my bed. It’s not late but I’m through with the day. The problem isContinue reading “In Life – Part 4 – Sci-Fi Fantasy”
It’s a nice day here, and I don’t want to be on the computer writing for too long, so I thought I’d share the Teaser Video for Wounded Bride. Wounded Bride – Teaser Video Remember, if you subscribe to my YouTube Channel, you’ll be the first to see new book covers and read some ofContinue reading “Wounded Bride – Teaser Trailer”
This is a work of fiction. “What?!” Stacey screamed into my ear. “Vincent! What a . . .” She swore blisteringly and then said, “Sorry Mom. I guess I’d better tell Chuck. I guess we’ll have to see if we can change our flight.” “Rushing back here won’t help, and it’s probably exactly what heContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 15 – Science Fiction”
Every Thursday, I like to use a writing prompt. Today, I’m using the word “brain,” which popped into my head, so I started thinking about it! I don’t remember who said this or where I read it, but I found it surprising that people used to wonder where our thoughts were. Didn’t we have themContinue reading “Brain”
1. Writing is a fun and safe activity during COVID-19. Even if your children don’t read yet, they can dictate a story and you can write it down for them. 2. If you have a story in mind but are afraid of it, don’t be. Put it to paper or screen. Make those memories nowContinue reading “5 Reasons to Start Writing Right Now”
Don’t need reasons to subscribe to YouTube channels? Hyacinth Grey’s YouTube Channel 3. My videos are short. You’ll never fall asleep watching hours of boring footage. I try for under a minute. 2. Be among the first to read some of my haiku poetry before I post it on this blog. 1. I love toContinue reading “3 Reasons to Subscribe to my YouTube Channel Today”
Time and love and breath, Are what we need most of all. If we could share those…
This is a work of fiction. The truck’s engine won’t start, so I’m going to be stuck here for a while. I see a woman talking on a cell phone and wish I had one. While she can call wherever she’s going and explain she’s stuck in traffic, I have to sit here and waitContinue reading “In Life – Part 3 – Sci-Fi Fantasy”
Wounded Bride is my first book and was self-published with FriesenPress in January 2020. Check out the info and get your copy today! About the Book The city of Chicago is relentless. Murders and other violent crimes pile up: a woman lies in the hospital in a coma, a man is brutally attacked in hisContinue reading “Need a Thriller? check out Wounded Bride”
This is a work of fiction. I was not looking forward to the conversaton I was going to have with Sammy when it was his turn to help me. It wouldn’t be until dinner, so I would just have to get through the day. We’d just eaten breakfast when my phone rang. I looked atContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 14 – Science Fiction”
We all need to eat, Experts tell us what is best, Who knows your body?
It would normally be Writing Advice today, but given the fact that WordPress has added a fine new feature, I need to share this with you. No, I won’t wait for Sunflower Saturday. A New Way to Publish Your Blog Posts Simultaneously As Twitter Threads Writing will resume next Writing Wednesday, and in the meantime,Continue reading “Writing Interrupted: I need to share this”
Back in June, I wrote a haiku consisting entirely of emojis. It was fun to do this shopping list, and today, I have another one for you, although of a different type. 🔋 💡 🔦 🕯 🔌 📷 🖨 ☎️ 📺 📻 ⏰ ⌚️ 🔭 🔨 🧯 🔧 🔬
Stand looking up at, The clear night sky above you, Hope and potential.
This is a work of fiction. I make myself a fancy lunch because I don’t know what else to do, and I’ve just gone into the bathroom when the phone rings. I hurry and make it to the phone by about the twelfth ring. “Alexis!” It’s Amanda, my best friend in the whole wide world.Continue reading “In Life – Part 2 – Sci-Fi Fantasy”
The sunflower shows, That the sun’s rays are echoed, In all that is life.
This is a work of fiction. The next few days passed by quickly. We all had a lot of fun together, except for Sammy. When we were at camp, he stayed in the boys’ tent. When we went out, he stayed in the van if at all possible. He did dishes when it was hisContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 13 – Science Fiction”
I don’t have any new content for today, but there’s quite a lot buried somewhere in the archives. Many of them were not written using a writing prompt, but why not check out all my haiku poetry. I love to write about words, and also writing posts about them. Found a gem in my archives?Continue reading “Words and Haiku”
If you’ve never shared your writing with others before, especially those whom you don’t know, you may be wondering if there are rules about how to write. The short answer is: no. Millions of Readers haven’t sat together and agreed on exactly what makes writing good. No two people in the world are the same,Continue reading “Are there rules in Writing?”
Today is Change-it-up-Tuesday, and I’m planning a little change for the month of December. For the rest of October, I’ll post a part of Time Gone By on Fridays. In November, all regular content will be suspended while I blog my NaNoWriMo 2020 novel each day. In December, all regular content will resume, but TimeContinue reading “A bit about December”
The world is changing, Faster than it ever could, Without permission.
This is a work of fiction. “I’m not feeling well,” Aunt Bev says. We’re sitting at the kitchen table, and I’m eating toast, but she hasn’t touched hers. “Are you going to call in sick?” I ask. She works at a salon doing people’s nails. Me? I can’t stand the feeling of stuff on myContinue reading “In Life – Part 1 – Sci-Fi Fantasy”
shallow focus photography of yellow sunflower field under sunny sky Photo by Susanne Jutzeler on Pexels.com What’s Sunflower Saturday? It’s like any other Saturday, but with a cool, silly name. What will you post? Sometimes a previous post like I’ve been doing, but I’m pretty much making another Change-it-up-Tuesday. Will it ever have anything toContinue reading “Starting Sunflower Saturday”
This is a work of fiction. As soon as we arrived, Sienna wasted no time in asking her question. Lydia watched in something like awe as Sienna walked right up to the young (in his thirties) man at the gate. “Hi. I’m Sienna. Are you hurting the environment chopping down all these trees for firewood?”Continue reading “Time Gone By – Part 12 – Science Fiction”
“Writing” is the writing prompt today. I normally talk about writing fiction, but nonfiction must also be written word by word, thought by thought, letter by letter. Both must then be revised. Nonfiction especially requires profesisonal editing. A typo in a story is annoying to both Writer and Reader, but not the end of theContinue reading “Writing”
In March, I wrote a post called Write about what you know. Last week, I was thinking about Writers, and how they must transcend what they don’t know from experience in order to tell a tale. Oscar Wilde came to mind. He was a Writer who didn’t worry about what he knew or didn’t, butContinue reading “The Writing Process: the imrortance of getting into your characters’ heads”
In October 2019, I wrote The Hardest Part of Writing. There will be two more posts about writing this week. Tomorrow, is Writing Wednesday, and on Thursday, the writing prompt will be writing itself.
Rainbow flowers float, On a blue pond in sunshine, Embrace life fully.
This is a work of fiction. By the time the others returned, it was time for Andy to take Steven and Dan back to their cabin for one last night. The rest of us walked over to Emily and Andy’s camp site and the older kids and I helped to put up Emily’s tent. OnceContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 11 – Science Fiction”
I’ve been talking a lot about free fiction lately, but I’ve neglected to write “About the Story” blurbs for most of the pieces I’ve posted. To correct that oversight, here they are. Once you find one you like the sound of, click the link above to be taken to the page with links to allContinue reading “What is my free fiction about?”
This is a work of fiction. I look more closely and see that their window is covered with something black. Then I see some yellow. I stare at it. The yellow smiley faces where Victoria’s eyes should be. My heart leaps. She’s staring out at me. Nothing moves. The rubber mask is too flat. ThereContinue reading “Lockdown – Part 10 – Horror Fiction”
I’ve used writing prompts on a lot of Thursdays. Time flies, and I didn’t manage to write anything for today, so I thought I’d share the Writing Prompt Thursday category page. While you’re browsing and reading those posts, please like, comment, and share them.
“There’s nothing I can say, a total eclipse of the heart.” Bonnie Tyler, Total Eclipse of the Heart Being a published Author was like that for me. I didn’t really know what to say. Go me? I rock? Those were all things I could have said, but I didn’t have any words, and didn’t knowContinue reading “The Writing Process: after you press the Approve button”
A few days ago, I changed my WordPress site plan because I wasn’t using the advanced features I had. The downgrade had to both keep my existing content, but also revert to an older version of my website. I decided it was time for a change of theme, and I soon rebuilt my menu andContinue reading “Surviving Site Changes”
If the sun could speak, It might say that we must be, Good to each other.
This is a work of fiction. “Oops,” Andy said.“What?” Dan said.“I forgot we still have the cabin tonight, so we don’t need to move to the camp site until tomorrow.”“That’s okay,” Emily said. “We need it tonight.”“Oh, right. So who’s riding with who?”“Can you come with us?” Dan asked Freckles.“No,” Sammy said. “Freckles rides withContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 10 – Science Fiction”
Back in April, I launched free short fiction on this site with The Choice. That piece was short, but over the months since, I’ve started writing longer pieces. Both finished stories and pieces in progress can be found on my Fiction page. As of this writing, the story called Lockdown has almost come to anContinue reading “Fun with Free Fiction”
This is a work of fiction. Once I’ve put the formula into the food bank bin, my purchases are much more manageable.I find myself not wanting to go home, thinking I should stay away until Victoria has come and gone. But no, I should go home and give Mom and Dad the cinnamon buns. ButContinue reading “Lockdown – Part 9 – Horror Fiction”
The one-word prompt was “detective.” Who is the killer? Who’s taken the life of one, Before time itself. Into the unknown, Asking questions of those left, To find the killer. The truth is out there, The detective must find it, Before it decays.
“Every now and then I fall apart.” Bonnie Tyler, Total Eclipse of the Heart Plotholes are as thick on the ground as leaves in the fall. Characters say and do things they wouldn’t. The whole thing’s FALLING APART! No, it’s behaving exactly like a first draft in the cold light of morning. Never fear. TheContinue reading “The Writing Process: Revising or Falling Apart”
I can’t believe there’s just under seven weeks until NaNoWriMo starts on November 1. Every day, I’m going to post what I’ve just written. I won’t have time to fix typos and might even miss plotholes. I’ve created this page so I can keep updating you without needing to find and link to old posts.
Christmas stockings are, Hanging ready by the hearth, Empty and waiting.
People might be wondering where the “science” part is in this story. It’s coming, but I’m not sure when. This is a work of fiction. We spent a while preparing the spaghetti with meatballs (everyone agreed that chopped up hamburger patties were a great meatball substitute), and we also made pancakes, hashbrowns, and all theContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 9 – Science Fiction”
On July 23, I wrote this post about the word “tomb.” At the end of it, I used the phrase “rest in peace,” which reminded me of my favorite Edgar Allan Poe story — The Cask of Amontillado.
This is a work of fiction. The next morning, I check my e-mail. Rachel has sent a payment. It’s half of what I’ve asked for. She’s also included a note. Thanks again for agreeing to illustrate my book. Here’s the first half of the payment. I know I’ve already said this, but your work isContinue reading “Lockdown – Part 8 – Horror Fiction”
We all must have one, Or we would not know ourselves, Nameless forgotten.
“Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time.” – Bonnie Tyler, Total Eclipse of the Heart The first part of writing a novel (or short story) is like falling in love. There’s passion. There’s fun. There’s discovery. No, you don’t have to be writing romance, but of course, that works, too!Continue reading “The Writing Process: Building a Relationship with Your Story”
Eight billion people, Stand with six feet between them, Each one all alone.
One hundred fifty, Days writing on this website, It never gets old.
This is a work of fiction. By dinnertime, everybody had something on their needles, and it had stopped raining. While Lydia helped me with the dishes, the boys ran around, burning off the energy they hadn’t been able to use up that day. I woke up at midnight, and on my way back to myContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 8 – Science Fiction”
On April 12, I wrote this post about why I write. It’s been a long time since then, and while I was rereading it, I noticed a mistake and an opportunity. The mistake was easily rectified: I wrote “words” instead of “worlds.” No biggie. The opportunity is also easy to take, so here it is:Continue reading “Revisiting why I Write”
This is a work of fiction. The next morning, I go into the kitchen to make breakfast, and see the plate of food for Mom still on the table. With a nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach, I throw it out, put the plate in the sink to wash later, and take outContinue reading “Lockdown – Part 7 – Horror Fiction”
I seem to be out of prompt ideas for now, so I’d like to share this category page with you. Next Thursday, I’m hoping to be back with something fun.
“Forever’s gonna start tonight.” – Bonnie Tyler, Total Eclipse of the Heart Great, now I have that song in my head instead of the words I need for this post. But now that I’m thinking about it, that song could be about the writing process. It really can be quite a roller-coaster. Forever can startContinue reading “The Writing Process: The Beginning of Forever”
Kids play in sunshine, Laughter friendship happiness, Outlives all of us.
This is a work of fiction. I didn’t let the boys sleep in, and at first, I took Freckles’s silence for tiredness. Therefore, I was expecting him to complain loudly when I asked him to help with the dishes, but he didn’t. “Grandma,” he said, “can I talk to you about something?” “Yes, of course.”Continue reading “Time Gone By – Part 7 – Science Fiction”
I’ve stopped writing letters as a regular feature, but I had a lot of fun with them. Here is the letters category page. I’ve been sitting here trying to think which letter is my favorite. For seriousness and sort of philosophy, it’s definitely the one to the Pacific Ocean. I’ve had to pick three “other”Continue reading “Looking back at Letters”
This is a work of fiction. I don’t want to start painting and forget about the laundry, so I surf the Internet instead. I read a few blog posts about politics, COVID-19 and lockdown, but that just makes me sad, so I click on a photography blog. As I look at mountains in the distance,Continue reading “Lockdown – Part 6 – Horror Fiction”
I’ve been rereading Harry Potter recently, and the word “dungeon” occurs rather frequently. They’re dark and fearsome, but what is a dungeon, exactly? I mean, I’ve never actually been in one. I’m working on a book called “Written in Stone,” a fantasy romance, which involves a dungeon or two, so the word’s going to comeContinue reading “Dungeon”
I meant to have a post about the writing process for you today, but time escaped me, and I didn’t get it written. With this kind of essay-style post, I need to start it before the day I publish it, so that I can leave it for at least a day before I revise it.Continue reading “Writing Wednesday – time got away from me”
On December 1, 2019, I posted this summary of my NaNoWriMo 2019 accomplishments. On December 1, 2020, I plan to add revising “On Ice,” the science fiction novel I wrote, to my work schedule. About “On Ice.”This isn’t an official blurb or anything, but I wanted to give you an idea of what it’s about.It’sContinue reading “What I Plan to Do This December”
To open the sky, Or to hurt and to hinder, The power of words.
This is a work of fiction. “What are we doing now?” Freckles asked. “Let’s all go for a hike.” “I need a nap,” Sammy said. “Can I stay here?” “Yes, but are you sure you don’t want to come with us?” “I can’t have a nap if I’m hiking, can I?” “No, but it mightContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 6 – Science Fiction”
This is a work of fiction. Mona doesn’t cry. She must be used to the doorbell. “Billy, can you get it?” Dad calls. “I just got out of the shower. Quick, before she rings it again.” I really don’t want to see Victoria, but I want even less to hear her criticizing Dad because Mona’sContinue reading “Lockdown – Part 5 – Horror Fiction”
“Predictables?” Oh, no, it was “predicables,” but I’m none the wiser. Affirmable attributes leave me baffled, so I’m just going to accept the meaning of “category” that I know: a group of things that share something. (That’s not quite what the dictionary said, but close enough.) To clear my head a little, I think I’llContinue reading “Category”
Writing is a complex process. Many people start writing stories in school. Some keep on writing stories, even after the assignment has been handed in and graded. Some people write until the day they die. I don’t know what makes some of us write all our lives and others only when they must, but theContinue reading “The Writing Process – Overview and Ideas”
Billy is nineteen, afraid of the dark, and trying to finish his first year of college. His adoptive mom has just had a baby, and Dad can think only of his new child. Lockdown, a horror story, is the tale of a young man who must keep his family together, or is that… alive. PostedContinue reading “Free Fiction – Lockdown – a story of love and courage”
The torture chamber, Buzzes with activity, Lives ruined for nothing.
This is a work of fiction. It was Lydia’s turn to help with the dishes. While the boys ran around, burning off breakfast, Lydia washed and I dried. “I heard them,” she said. “What did you hear, and whom?” “Benjamin, Samuel, and David.” She stopped talking and scrubbed vigorously at something that was cooked ontoContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 5 – Science Fiction”
On June 20, I wrote this post about what I’ll be doing this November. I have a little bit more to tell you about the novel I plan to write. It’s going to be about a married couple. She writes books. He’s not happy for some reason and wants a divorce. She’s a private person,Continue reading “Thinking about NaNoWriMo 2020”
This is a work of fiction. Great big tears start to roll down Dad’s cheeks and fall onto the table. I should probably say something to him, but what? He looks so totally miserable, and I want to comfort him, but how? It probably has something to do with Mona, and I know less aboutContinue reading “Lockdown – Part 4 – Horror Fiction”
The one-word prompt was “second.” I am not the first, I do not live long at all, I get the last word.
Fantasy is one of the most fun genres, because it’s not constrained by reality. Anything goes. Really. The imagination’s the limit. I’ve got two tips about writing fantasy. Be consistent and don’t be “explainy.” First things first. Consistency. Is magic allowed in your world? If it is, you have to define it. Who can performContinue reading “Genres: Tips for Writing Fantasy”
Over nose and mouth, To keep the world safe for all, Mask if you can please.
Warm sun and cool breeze, Children laugh somewhere nearby, A beautiful day.
This is a work of fiction. At 5:15, Lydia and I approached the camp site. As we did, I heard the boys laughing. Good, they were having fun. Then I heard what sounded like some weird electronic noises. We came out into the grassy area where the tents were, and I saw all three boysContinue reading “Time Gone By – Part 4 – Science Fiction”
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 mostContinue reading “Get the eBook of Wounded Bride Today!”
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. AfterContinue reading “Lockdown – Part 3 – Horror Fiction”
Prompt: Air. Take in a deep breath, The people who’ve lived before, Have shared it with you.
“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”
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 theContinue reading “Nothing’s Blocking Me! – using the coolest WordPress Editor”
Chill wind blows over, The high craggy mountain top, Wish I could feel it.
Billy’s nineteen and still afraid of the dark. His adopted mother has just given birth, and Dad can think only of his new daughter. Lockdown, part 1 was posted on July 10, and a new part will be posted every second Friday.
Detective Maria Mateo is new to the Chicago Police Department. Wounded Bride is available now. Get your copy today. From somewhere inside the book: There hadn’t been any point in eating. She was out of the job she loved, so why bother?
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. “WhatContinue 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, HyacinthContinue 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 terribleContinue 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 triesContinue 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, butContinue 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 whenContinue 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 realContinue reading “Genres: Tips for Writing Science Fiction”
Snowflakes flutter down, Flung indiscriminately, By God’s loving hands.
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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. TimeContinue 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 peopleContinue 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 ideaContinue 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’sContinue reading “Lockdown – Part 1 – Horror Fiction”
Tempo Volume Lousy
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 IContinue 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 theContinue 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 areContinue 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
Writing is not an arcane activity. You don’t need to be an expert in anything to be able to write. Having good grammar, spelling, and punctuation helps, but as long as you have a story to tell, you can write fiction. You don’t need to take a writing course or follow certain rules. You canContinue reading “What Writing Is (and is not)”
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This is a work of fiction. “Before we go,” my wife said, “why did that man want to kill me?” I told her about the bicycle cart accident just as the mother bird had been landing. “My daughter,” my wife said when I’d finished speaking, “would you please help me pull him out of thisContinue reading “The Dark Tide – Part 10”
Somebody used the word “ramshackle” on Twitter. It’s a fun word, in spite of its not so fun meaning, so here’s a ramshackle haiku. The roof leaks badly, It’s freezing cold in winter, But I was born there.
Dear Summer, Spring is just too wet, Fall is nice but it’s not you, Winter is too cold. Yours truly, Hyacinth Grey
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. HereContinue reading “A Couple of Great Reasons to Write Fiction”
The kitchen fills with, Wonderful scents of spices, Holiday season.
This Tweet by Haiku Book is just perfect for today.
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and last year, I wrote one novel and started another. This year, I’m going to write one novel, but every day, I’m going to post what I’ve just written to this blog. My regular features will be suspended during November, so if I’m in the middle of aContinue reading “What I’m Doing This November”
This is a work of fiction. It took longer than four hours to reach the place where the young sitting bird, the children, and my daughter’s love were, because we had to stop along the way for food and water. My daughter ran ahead to warn her love that he mustn’t be seen or seeContinue reading “The Dark Tide – Part 9”
Tick tick tick tick tick, Students in classrooms waiting, For the bell to ring.
Dear Self-Publishing, Please, don’t tear this up before you read it. I know you get a lot of hate mail, but this is a love letter. I think you are probably one of the most misunderstood aspects of the book world. I’ve seen some of the letters you get, and they’re not pretty. No, IContinue reading “A Letter to Self-Publishing”
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 writersContinue reading “How to Overcome the Fear of Plotholes in Your Fiction”
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My feet have been dragging a little lately. I haven’t been thinking about quitting, but when I came across Read This if You Want to Quit Your Blog by Cristian Mihai from The Art of Blogging, I thought I’d better read it. I did, got inspired to pull myself out of the mud of aContinue reading “Why I Plan to Keep on Blogging”
Every Wednesday for a while now, I’ve been writing letters. Here’s why: it’s fun. I took the everyday inspiration course from Blogging University, and one of the suggested tasks was to write a letter as a blog post. I did so and then got hooked. Most are humorous, some are serious, and some are both,Continue reading “Why I Love to Write Letters”
This is a work of fiction. I went to check on the female Leader of Worship. As soon as I removed the gag, she asked for water, which I provided. Then she said, “What will you do with my Partner of Worship and me?” “I will set you free once I have killed him.” “MayContinue reading “The Dark Tide – Part 8”
The writing prompt for this haiku was the first word that popped into my head: “house.” The outside’s not much, Walls and windows roof and doors, The inside is home.
Dear My Internal Editor, You help me work hard, Through long days of revision, But sometimes you’re mean. Yours truly, Hyacinth Grey
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 writersContinue reading “When and How to Self-Edit Your Fiction”
I’ve been reading A Brief History of Japan by Jonathan Clements, which contains vivid descriptions of the armadas sent by Kublai Khan to attack Japan. This haiku is written from the perspective of an “observer” floating in the sea. A hail of arrows, Sounds of wind and war cries fierce, Hot blood meets cold sea.
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”
The Dark Tide – Part 1
This is a work of fiction. As soon as I took the gag out of his mouth, the male Leader of Worship started screaming for help. Quickly, I gagged him again, and then I listened. I heard a distant voice. So did he. He smiled. It took a few seconds before I could hear itContinue reading “The Dark Tide – Part 7”
It’s interesting how the meaning of words changes over time, but even more so that we don’t often think about the words we use, and where they come from. A remarkably good (or bad) example of this is the word “lousy.” The dictionary definition, or at least the first one, is “remarkably bad,” “poor quality,”Continue reading “Lousy”
Dear Time, If you were my dad, I would never once be late, Also not human. Yours truly, Hyacinth Grey
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 outContinue reading “3 Tips for Fiction Writers Struggling with Setting”
Dancer in silk robes, Infused with the rising sun, Inspiration tea.
From Day One, I’ve struggled to come up with interesting post titles. No more. Cristian Mihai from The Art of Blogging has written The Art of Crafting a Brilliant Headline. It’s a post worthy of being saved, printed out, and kept near at hand when you’re blogging.
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.
This is a work of fiction. The canoe drifted toward the house, and I thought it was going to collide with it, but it skimmed past the corner of it and carried me downstream. I had nothing left in the world except the canoe, the clothes I wore, and my daughter’s sketches. If I couldContinue reading “The Dark Tide – Part 6”
I post a haiku on Mondays, but I can never have too many and I like starting them with writing prompts. Prompt (first word that popped into my head): find A computer screen, The mind wishing to know things, Hands on the keyboard.
Dear Pantsing and Plotting, I’m really happy I’ve got y’all as my best friends. If I didn’t, nothing would get written, and my life would be incredibly boring. Pantsing, do you remember that day in August 2017 when we sat down with only the idea of writing a detective novel? I do. The page didn’tContinue reading “A Letter to Pantsing and Plotting”
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 fillContinue reading “Writing Advice – The Long and the Short”
Blue all around me, Oxygen tank on my back, The ocean is warm.
When I was picking a pseudonym to write under, I did a quick check to see if there was already a well-known author with the name I was planning to use. There were people with the same name, but none of them appeared to be authors. I did find something cool: a character named HyacinthContinue reading “Another Me”
Today, it’s been four months since Wounded Bride was self-published with FriesenPress. I have some cool stuff to show you today. David Collins at DC Cover Creations has crafted a logo for me! It’s now being displayed on every page and post of my site.I have two previous posts to show you, and five videos.MorganContinue reading “Four Months since Wounded Bride was Published!”
This is a work of fiction. The two men laughed as they drove the bicycle cart away, and I was left standing alone at the edge of the precipice. For a few seconds, I considered jumping off and joining my daughter, but my wife might still be alive, and I owed it to my daughterContinue reading “The Dark Tide – Part 5”
It’s almost Friday, so I’m thinking about the opposite of sober. I had no idea where the word “sober” came from, so I looked it up; it’s pretty much Latin for not drunk (“without intoxication.”) Well great! I like to learn something I didn’t already know when I research words for these posts. Maybe IContinue reading “Sober”
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 openedContinue reading “A Letter to Nonfiction”
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 aContinue reading “Writing Advice – Point of View”
Abandoned buildings, Dusty gray and sky the same, Black mud underfoot.
My first web-hosting company didn’t work for me. It was Weebly, and I’m sharing that because it may work great for you and they are still hosting one of my domains. Last year, when I realized that I needed to find a different company to host this site, I tried to think of where IContinue reading “WordPress is my Favorite”
I’ve always loved stories, and I want to share that passion with readers of all ages. Therefore, I’m working on some books for young readers (they’re also meant to be enjoyed by adults!) Please visit Hyacinth Grey’s Books for Young Readers (hgb4yr.com) to learn more about what’s coming later this year or early in 2021.
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This is a work of fiction. The bird flew through the clear air, and I looked far into the distance, and could see nothing but evergreens, snow, and blue sky. A frigid wind blew all around me, and I thought how good it was that the children and the young bird were tucked up safelyContinue reading “The Dark Tide – Part 4”
Lately, I’ve been seeing the word “clickbait.” Is it something I was supposed to bite down on? Since I do a writing prompt on Thursday, “clickbait” will be the word I use. I usually like new words, but sometimes it takes me a while to get used to them. Other times, I never do. ForContinue reading “New Words”
I’ve been having a few issues with the publish dates of my blog posts, so WordPress Support is going to help me figure it all out. Therefore, you may see some test posts in the next few days. Please ignore them, because I’m going to delete all posts about testing except this one.
Dear Short Fiction, Every Friday, I post some of you on my blog to give my readers free content. It’s also nice to take a break from writing essay-style nonfiction posts. I fell in love with you at first write, but I don’t quite remember the first time we met. All I recall is somebodyContinue reading “A Letter to Short Fiction”
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 orangesContinue reading “Writing Advice – Subject and Object Pronouns”
The world upside down, Testimony of outlaws, Painted on tombstones.
I’m similar to number eleven on this list, but I love number sixteen. Writers Writing Place. Indoors Or Out? 17 Confess. by Dr. Shelly C from Success Strategies.
When I first heard the suggestion to add a page about what I was working on, I scoffed at the idea. I mean, what if I didn’t do what I said, and then all my readers waved goodbye and walked out the door, never to revisit my blog or consider buying my book? I don’tContinue reading “Remembering Accountability”
This is a work of fiction. I held the sketch in my hands and looked at it carefully. It showed two babies. I couldn’t tell for sure, but I thought it might be of the two children upstairs. Why had she done this sketch? It was as good as the ones she’d done when sheContinue reading “The Dark Tide – Part 3”
When looking for a prompt for today’s post, I just picked the first word that popped into my head, which was, “volume.” How much coffee or tea does your cup hold? How loud do you like your music? I like words with multiple meanings. One of the novels I’m working on is about a guyContinue reading “Volume”
Dear Revision, I’m kind of confused. I’ve always thought that the other half of writing was reading, but you sort of complicate matters. Reading came first, so maybe it’s the older sibling, and writing and revision are a set of younger twins. While we’re at it, where does publishing fit into the family? Is itContinue reading “A Letter to Revision”
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 amazingContinue reading “Writing Advice – Characters”
Because it’s May 4, I want to talk about science fiction, even though this post has nothing to do with Star Wars. In November 2019, my NaNoWriMo novel was a sci-fi story called On Ice. It’s still in the freezer, waiting for me to take it out and revise it, but while it’s coming upContinue reading “Science Fiction”
Every Sunday, I share posts or other links that are interesting, inspiring, or thought-provoking, and How to Build a Web of Content That Hooks Your Readers for Hours by Cristian Mihai from The Art of Blogging is all of those. I like it so much, it’s the only thing I want to share with youContinue reading “Sharing Sunday – A Gem in the Blogosphere”
Today, I’d like to introduce you to a new weekly feature – Previous Post Saturday. I’m going to use this space to resurrect posts from my archives and point you to pages and other content on my websites that I’d like to show you. Because this is the first one, I got to thinking aboutContinue reading “Previous Post Saturday”
This is a work of fiction. The wind howled all night, and I woke up several times, but no cloud came for me out of the earth. At dawn, I rose and got dressed. I put my daughter’s sketches, still in their folder, into a light bag and strapped it securely onto my back, andContinue reading “The Dark Tide – Part 2”
I like using a prompt on Thursdays, so I headed over to Discovery and found Focus. One suggestion was to talk about a sound, smell, or other stimulus that makes it easier to focus. For me, the stimulus has to be internal. I have to feel that interest, that drive, that get-up-and-go to be ableContinue reading “Focus”
Dear Reader, In January 2020, Wounded Bride was self-published through FriesenPress. One eBook copy was sold in February, so whoever bought it is my first Reader. I want you to know that you were the first person in the whole wide world to take a chance on a book with no reviews; one that hadContinue reading “A Letter to My First Reader”
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’veContinue reading “Writing Advice – Tell a Story”
What do you do when you get the name of the WordPress.com anti-spam feature Akismet stuck in your head? I mean, it’s a catchy name, but really, I could have a much more relaxing day without those three syllables rolling around inside my cranium. Strategies I use to get things to leave me alone includeContinue reading “Stuck in my Head”
This is a list of all the blog posts I’ve ever liked. I haven’t been using the Reader for very long yet, so there are seventeen of them so far. The list goes from first liked to most recently liked, so the numbers don’t reflect how much I liked the post. The 5 Tricks ThatContinue reading “I Love to Share”
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 ChoiceContinue reading “Two Weeks”
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. IContinue reading “The Dark Tide – Part 1”
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 OceanContinue reading “Tempo”
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”
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 andContinue reading “Writing Advice – Dialog Attribution”
Dear Reader, How often would you like me to post short stories (or parts of them) on this blog? You can answer via this Poll on Twitter or by leaving a comment below. The choices are the following: once a week every 2 or 3 days as often as possible other (please explain)
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 hotContinue reading “My Writing Space and a Question for Readers”
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 inContinue reading “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.” Rita watched Matt walk out of the Starbucks and get into a dark gray car. The engine came on and he roared away. She took a sip of coffee but it tasted awful. MightContinue reading “The Choice – Part 5”
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”
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”
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 guyContinue reading “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.” 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 backContinue reading “The Choice – Part 1”
Blogging is a great sport. Reading about writing makes me want to write more. I can rarely resist an upgrade. I should pay attention to things I don’t know about, such as using tags in blog posts, because doing so could bring more people to my website. Trying a suggestion, such as writing a listContinue reading “What I’ve Learned”
I write because I enjoy writing. I also deeply feel the need to express myself through the written word. Writing helps me to deal with my emotions in a safe and liberating way. Let’s take the current coronavirus pandemic as an example. I don’t want to blog or tweet about how I feel about it.Continue reading “Why I Write”
I write because I enjoy writing. I also deeply feel the need to express myself through the written word. Writing helps me to deal with my emotions in a safe and liberating way. Let’s take the current coronavirus pandemic as an example. I don’t want to blog or tweet about how I feel about it.Continue reading “Why I Write”
I’ve added a For Booksellers page to my site.
This is the first Indie April for me as a new author. I have heard mixed opinions about self-publishing, and this blog post is an examination of some of them. Is it hard work, or is it just vanity? You may have heard the term “vanity publishing,” meaning that anybody with money can have aContinue reading “Indie April”
Lots of people say to write about what you know. This is good advice, or is it? What is “know” anyway? How much would you need to know about something to be considered knowledgeable on that topic, and who decides this? I probably don’t know a great deal about engineering, but I could learn enoughContinue reading “Write about what you know”
Thank you to everybody who retweeted something about the giveaway. Entries are closed as of 3:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Ten (10) winners will each receive one (1) Apple Books / iBooks gift code for Wounded Bride via direct message (DM.) The winners will be announced on Twitter, so if you’d likeContinue reading “Leap Day GiveAway Winners”
I think that the strength of fantasy is its limitless possibility. You can create places, creatures, and powers that don’t need to be real to be believed. I can do pretty much whatever I want, and I don’t even have to think, is this possible? Anything is possible, and that includes whatever story I wantContinue reading “Genres: Part 2 – Fantasy”
On Twitter, I was asked why I write in my particular genre. While Wounded Bride is a detective novel, I like to write in many genres. I’ve decided to answer this question in a series of blog posts, because I would like to talk about many genres, and putting them all in one post wouldContinue reading “Genres: Part 1 – Detective”
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 areContinue reading “GiveAway – Ten Apple Books / iBooks gift codes to get Wounded Bride”
My relationship with outlining has always been a little rocky. I’m a Pantser, so I usually just start writing, often with little or no idea about the story I’m going to tell. When I decided to write science fiction for NaNoWriMo, I did a brief outline because I wanted my plot to stay on track.Continue reading “A Lesson Learned about Outlining”
Today, I finished the first draft of Be a Movie Star, the second novel I started after finished my first NaNoWriMo draft in two weeks. The second novel took me much longer, but I now have a first draft, and it hit 165K words. I originally called it a romance, but it’s more a familyContinue reading “An Update on my NaNoWriMo Novel”
I’ve signed up as a Goodreads Author, and I’d love to connect with you on there. I’m currently very interested in books about writing and editing, so if you read a good one or wrote one yourself, please send me a message. http://www.goodreads.com/grey_hyacinth
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 onContinue reading “Wounded Bride now available from more Booksellers”
Wounded Bride cover image Now Available from the FriesenPress Online Bookstore in Paperback, Hardcover, and three eBook formats (EPUB, Kindle, and PDF.) https://books.friesenpress.com/store/title/119734000082595167/Hyacinth-Grey-Wounded-Bride There is also a Teaser Trailer video on YouTube at
Wounded Bride will be published in a week or so. In the meantime, please check out the book preview on the FriesenPress Online Bookstore. This link will take you to the page where Wounded Bride is listed, in case you wanted to check out other titles in fiction. https://books.friesenpress.com/store/browse/FIC000000/Fiction
(Cover image of Wounded Bride) Wounded Bride is coming very soon.
Here’s what I have at the end of NaNoWrimo. A first draft of “On Ice.” A lot of a first draft of “Be a Movie Star.” It took me fourteen days to write “On Ice,” at an average pace of 3,574 words per day for a total of 50,032 words. In sixteen days, I wroteContinue reading “The End”
After week four, “Be a Movie Star” is 86,989 words. That’s fairly long, and I know it’s going to be a lot of work to revise this thing, but the first draft is not finished yet. There are twenty chapters so far, but I still have a long way to go. It feels like IContinue reading “Week Four”
At the end of week two, I had already written 50,000 words and had completed the first draft of “On Ice.” This week, I started a second novel, called “Be a Movie Star.” During the last seven days, I have written 47,426 of it. It’s going a lot faster than “On Ice,” which was scienceContinue reading “Week Three”
91,464 of 50,000 words written title: Be a Movie Star genre: some kind of family and relationships romance thing personal goal for the project: no violence, and only minor accidents I finished “On Ice” in fourteen days and am starting a second NaNoWriMo project. synopsis: Natasha loves her job, and when she meets Peter, whoContinue reading “Be a Movie Star”
Week one ended with the realization that my word count could only increase if I did some revising. I certianly wasn’t looking forward to it. I like to take the often-given writing advice to put your draft in a drawer for a few weeks or months, and then have a fresh manuscript to work with.Continue reading “Week Two”
(Link to Coming Soon version of Teaser Trailer removed.)
My site maintenanace went so fast, all the domain stuff seems to be working. The content updates aren’t yet complete, but there shouldn’t be any disruptions.
I’m figuring out some things with domains and my website content. My site will probably act weird for a few days, but the blog shouldn’t be affected. Please continue to visit my site during this time but it may not work as expected.
In the first seven days of NaNoWriMo, I have written an average of 4,000 words per day. My novel isn’t finished, but I have reached the end of the story. A lot of details need to be added, so I will spend the next twenty-three days doing that. I know what happens, now I justContinue reading “Week One”
I was quite nervous, but I got started on Friday. My book took an unexpected detour, and I’ve managed to make up a new word, and am now trying to prevent myself from overusing it. I have an idea of how the story will end. When I revise, I will need to add a lotContinue reading “Starting NaNoWriMo”
You’ve worked very hard and finished revising your novel. Isn’t it amazing how long it takes? I’ve been working on a fairly substantial book, and have logged about forty-eight hours of revisions. That’s more than a work week. It’s not finished yet. Writing it was fun, and revising it sometimes is, but I find itContinue reading “After You Revise”
For me, it’s not getting the idea that I find difficult. I don’t struggle with the blank page, nor with the first chapter. Sometimes, I do find the middle of the novel a little bit slow, but if I sit on it for a few hours, I usually figure out how to fix it. WritingContinue reading “The Hardest Part of Writing”
50,032 words written in fourteen days first draft complete book title: On Ice genre: started as science fiction romance, but turned out more like a science fiction psychological thriller with a pinch of romance
I’m feeling revved about NaNoWriMo. I plan to update a blog post each day with my Word Count. Feeling as ready to win as I am? Why not join NaNoWriMo. You have seventeen days to get ready for November 1! http://www.nanowrimo.org
I was too late last year, but this year, I’m going to do NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month is November. I have thirty days to write a novel. My first NaNoWriMo novel will be called “On Ice,” and is a sci-fi romance about a researcher stranded on a very cold planet and the computer expertContinue reading “Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo”
This post isn’t about gardening, or even being outdoors. I didn’t know this two years ago, but people who write without having much in the way of starting ideas are sometimes called Gardeners or Pantsers. (Those who use outlines are often called Architects, Plotters, or Planners.) All I knew was that I wanted to writeContinue reading “One day in the Garden”
Welcome to my blog! My name is Hyacinth Grey, and this blog is about writing, becoming an author, and promoting my books. I’m working with http://www.friesenpress.com to publish my first book, a thriller called Wounded Bride. Please visit my website http://www.hyacinthgrey.com for more details. There is also a Teaser Trailer on YouTube https://youtu.be/9asDz6mD0Ng which canContinue reading “Welcome”
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