Where are the toilets in fiction?

In a recent critique of one of my fictional works, a major plot hole was pointed out to me that involved toileting of all things. You read that right, folks. I had an issue related to the poohs and wees.

So here’s the scenario: two warriors are being held prisoner, their hands and feet bound. Within the original story timeline, they were bound for two weeks, but at least were feed and watered. Not once did the narrative mention anything about the characters being allowed to relieve themselves.Read More

A Quake to Change Your World: 5 Years On

The low rumble barely registered in her subconscious. The small shakes of the bed were enough to pull her from her sleep.

“Great,” she mumbled. “Gijs is having another asthma attack.”

With a sudden jolt, the bed jumped across the floor and banged into the wall. The teddy bears and dolls tumbled through the air.Read More

7/7/7 Writer’s Challenge

I’m not normally one for chain letters, but I seem to be completely swept up in the excitement that is #PitchWars, hence when I was challenged to the 7/7/7 Writer’s Challenge, I had to accept. (Thanks Andrea Contos.)

Here’s how it works: You go to your WIP (work-in-progress for my non-writer readers) and find page 7, move down 7 lines, and post the next 7 lines in a blog post. Because no chain letter is complete without peer pressure, you then tag another 7 writers to do the same.Read More

All writers have to begin somewhere…

When a writer is asked about how they started writing, the answers are varied. However, if one thinks about it, all writers start their journey at a very young age. In school, we all have those creative writing assignments, even if we dread them.

Recently, I was challenged to find a piece of writing from those early years. Here is just one of the gems that I found which dates back to 1989, when I was in 3rd Form (8th Grade for those of you in the US). I resisted the urge to edit this piece (and it wasn’t easy), but even in its raw state, it still made me giggle.Read More